Alert Barking! Woof! Woof! Ruff! Arf!

Alert barking -  my dog barks at everything

Woof! Woof! Hello, you guys! Today we have a special discussion about alert barking on the blog. Us doggies have an obligation to protect our humans and warn them against intruders and...stuff.

Some dogs go overboard and take it way too seriously. Not everything is bark-worthy. The best way to stop dog barking is to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. Dogs love repetition!

As alpha dog around here, it's my duty to stop any excessive barking and other weird sounds coming from the pack. Including mommy's singing. Snowy and Fluffy will be joining me today...

Buffy: Woof! Hello Fluff...and uhm Snowy.

Fluffy: Why are you saying hello? We live together!

Snowy: Hi Cloudy!

Buffy: Watch the name calling old man! Grrr!

Snowy: I'll try hairball!

Buffy: Anyway...today I want to talk about the unnecessary alert barking going on at our house. You two are the main culprits.

Snowy: Why are you pointing paws at me? Look over there at the crazy one.

Fluffy: Grrr! Who are you calling crazy Snowy? I'm just warning everyone. That's what us doggies do right?

Buffy: Only when visitors come Fluff. Not when the wind is blowing.

Fluffy: But the wind is noisy too Buff and it can blow mommy away.

Buffy: Nope!

My dog barks at everything

Snowy: If you did your guarding job properly and not sleep all day, maybe Fluffy would not have to try solo guarding.

Fluffy: Awww...thanks for defending me Snow. Licks

Snowy: We all know she's very immature and has loads to learn still. Stop licking meee!!!

Fluffy: Licks! 

Buffy: Fluffy focus! It's winter and I've neglected some of my morning guarding duties because I want to sleep late. I apologise. Fluffy is an early riser and I thought I trained her enough to take over my morning shift.

Snowy: Obviously not! She's a loose canon. The three noisy dogs next door with their million puppies are quieter than us.

Buffy: Oh you admit you're noisy too!

Snowy: Only when you're snoring at night!

Fluffy: Fight! Fight!

Buffy: Stop stoking on fights Fluff!

Snowy: You yell too much Cloudy!

Fluffy: Fight!

Buffy: Guys, we need to start behaving better. Mommy does not like it.

Fluffy: Mommy is teaching me the "quiet" command Buff. She also comes to check why I'm barking and lets me know she has been warned so that I can stop. I'm starting to get an idea of what type of barking is acceptable. I'm still convinced the wind is evil though!

 My dog barks at everything

Buffy: That's good Fluff. Just remember the wind might get you if you don't stop harassing it. Hair and wind are arch-enemies. We are 80% hair so it will always taunt us. Btw, your 6am howling needs to be worked on too.

Snowy: Yes! I'm still sleeping that time. It's super annoying!

Fluffy: But I'm singing with the man down the street and helping him wake up the neighbourhood. They should thank me for waking them up! You howl with sometimes Snowy. Stop playing innocent!

Buffy: No, the man needs no help singing Fluff. Yes, you have a nice howl but no one wants to hear it that early.

Fluffy: Fine Buff! I'll try to tone it down. It's really hard because I'm channelling my inner wolf.

Buffy: Just do it quieter then...and you Snowy, I'm watching you. Don't act all innocent.

Snowy: I did nothing!

Buffy: I heard you howling with! Besides that, you're always marking my territory! Everything smells like you. I was here first. It's disrespectful!

Snowy: I'm just making myself at home. You need to work on your sharing issues.

Buffy: Nope! I'm in charge and I'll never share anything with you. Grrr!

Fluffy: Fight!

Snowy: Is this meeting over yet? I still need to go water that spot you slept on earlier.

Fluffy: Yes Buff! I have a list of puppy work to finish today. That hole is not going to dig itself.

Buffy: Fine! I'm ending off now. Thank you for attending. Hopefully we'll be quieter going forward. Mommy is counting on us.

Time to go now, you guys. Thank you for dropping by today. As you can see we have a long way to go moving forward. Wish us luck!

It's obvious Fluff is not ready for solo guarding yet, so I'll have to try getting up earlier. When I'm up she takes my lead and there are less barking sounds coming from our house.

She's the worst guard dog ever! Don't even let me start with that Snowy. I think I'll go sleep on his bed later. It's twice as big as mine with no patches. My bed is full of patches from mommy's sewing after we...after Fluffy made it explode a few dozen times.

Woof!! Wooooof!!

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How To Be An Alpha Dog

How To Be An Alpha Dog

Woof! Woof!! Hello, you guys! With recent developments, I started to notice something weird. I was always alpha dog around here with no competition and had mommy wrapped around my paws.

Then Fluffy came and now Snowy is here. You've seen how Fluffy takes over and Snowy does things that makes me think he wants to overthrow me. The nerve!

Luckily Fluff and Snow are weaklings. I'm still alpha dog and put them in their place if they even think of stepping out of line. They should thank me for taking on alpha responsibilities. It's a tough job.

Just look at my pack of weirdos. A crazy puppy with boundary issues that never stops playing, an older dog that just appeared out of no where and can't stop watering stuff, plus a crazy human that treats us like babies when everyone can see we are doggies.

See what I have to deal with?!!

Luckily I'm the best doggie for the job. For those who want to know how to be the best alpha dog ever, I made a list of things to help you out.

1. Make sure they don't eat when you eat


I yell at Snowy when he eats when I eat. It's disrespectful! Fluffy and I are closer so she can eat as long as she doesn't eat alone...and we're separated by mommy or a gate. She's known as a food thief around here so one can't be too careful.

2. Sleep on all their beds


Their beds are the places where they feel the most comfy and it smells exactly like them. I need to make it smell like me so that they don't feel too comfortable.

Make sure you rub your scent all over it. I lie on their beds and wiggle on my back so that my alpha smell gets in there good. Comfort is for alphas!!

3. Protect the pack


It's my job to warn everyone when someone is coming to visit. Fluffy follows my lead as she should and Snowy has proven to be an excellent co-guard doggie.

That does not mean we're friends. Guarding is our job and he's just a co-worker. Fluffy is really bad at it though and needs more practice. She's way too friendly with everyone that comes here. They are invaders Fluff! Geez!

4. Be first at everything


Be the first to get the ball, to greet the mommy and to eat the food. Fluffy is super fast and is trying to be first at everything. She's very rude, you guys.

She shoves me out of the way sometimes. I get her back by sitting on her and pulling her hair. That will teach her! Grrr!

5. Control the human


At the moment it seems like Fluffy is my biggest competition when it comes to alpha dog status, but I think mommy Renza can easily overthrow me if I don't watch out.

She's the food supplier, toy keeper and the tummy rubber. I try my best not to do what she says because alphas don't take orders, but she has some good persuasive methods and it's really hard not to listen to her.

Be strong and don't let your human bribe you. Alphas don't accept bribes! Uhm.. maybe now and again won't do any harm right? Right?!!

Fluffy trying to overthrow me to become alpha dog.

6. Don't show your weakness


The minute you show any weakness, you become vulnerable and one of your pack members might see it as a good time to strike. Show them who's in charge! Grrr!

At the moment mommy is my biggest weakness and Fluffy is using it against me. She's forcing mommy to give her loads of attention by causing chaos and going as far as fake crying to get cuddles and rubs.

I'll show her I can share! She's my Renza too! Fluff is a master manipulator, you guys. Help me!!

7. Know your packs habits and weakness


With mommy Renza and Fluffy it's easy to read them and anticipate their next move, but Snowy is like a blank board. What is he planning?! He's up to something I know it!

Until I sniff out his master plan I'll keep my eye on him. He acts all innocent in front of everyone but he's definitely not. Soon Snowy, soon!!

Snowy refusing to help me!!

There you go! Being the alpha dog is hard work but it's necessary to keep the pack in line. Who knows what they'll do if left uncontrolled?

For one week I decided to sleep late and Fluffy decided to solo guard. Wow! I felt so embarrassed because I'm her mentor. It was awful! She barked at everyone and everything! Humans, birds, plants, cars, the wind...

We all thought she was loosing her mind...more than before. Luckily mommy jumped in and corrected the situation by teaching Fluffy the "quiet" command. Whether she listened or not is another story.

I saw what was going on and decided to not sleep in so that I can keep an eye on Fluffy. She quickly stopped solo guarding after that. Uhmm...I know what it sounds like, you guys. Don't worry I'm the Alpha, not mommy. Right?!!

Arghoooooooooo!!!

Author: Buffy
Job: Guard dog, part-time blogger, Alpha dog
Future plans: Be the most cuddliest dog in the world
Likes: Playing, eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Grooming and food thieves

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