Q. I rescued a 2 year old Min Schnauzer June 1st. She barks a lot while we are not home. How can I stop her from annoying my neighbors when I am away.
AMANDA MILLER COOK
A. Some dogs have a tendency to bark a lot which can be a self rewarding behavior. Ensure she has plenty of exercise daily which can include a brisk paced walk just before you leave for the day. You can also leave her with a frozen peanut butter filled kong or bully stick to keep her busy for a bit. You might also consider hiring a midday walker to give her a break while you are gone. Lastly, a final resort could be using a citrus spray bark collar though I recommend the daily exercise and mentally stimulating toys first.