Dogs Home Alone – accidents, barking and chewing of your stuff

Apartment dwelling has its challenges with or without our furry roommates…dogs Barking complaints from neighbors, coming home to chewed up non-dog items, accidents on the floor?  The good news is that you are not alone and there are people who can help! We sought advice from experts and trainers at Urban Pooch Training & Fitness located in Ravenswood.

Barking dog:

  • If your neighbors are complaining about your dog barking and have contacted your property manager, the first thing to do is to inform them that you are aware of the problem and working on a solution. The quickest path is a peaceful happy dog is training. Urban Pooch offers free 15 minute consults to get you on the right track.
  • Determine why your dog is barking. This will help your trainer too. This great post, Barking When Left Alone, on petfinder details types of barkers and offers some tips to quiet the barking (barking set-ups)

Dog accidents in the house:

  • Take some extra time in the morning with your dog and take them on a longer walk.
  • There is a product called PoochieBells – which you hang on your front or back door and you can train your dog to ring the bell when they need to go to the bathroom. It’s quite amazing how your dog can communicate with you. This of course requires a bit of training in order to accomplish this.
  • Crate training helps tremendously – as dogs usually will not pee in their crate. It’s important that the crate is not too far from the door where you take your dog out to the bathroom.
  • Speak with a trainer, every dog is different and the trainer needs to talk with the parent to understand what’s going on.
  • In some dogs, it could be a bladder infection that causes excessive urination.

Chewing non-dog items:

  • It could be that your dog is suffering from anxiety, boredom, not getting enough exercise or he needs a base training on how to not chew on things. We feel it’s essential to do basic training with your pooch. Not only does it help him/her, but it provides great value for Mom and/or Dad. –Urban Pooch
  • echoes Urban Pooch’s suggestion to crate train. They suggest confining the dog with acceptable chew toys like a Kong toy that you can stuff with a treat and your pooch is occupied with working for the treat. Read more here.


Talking with a trainer can offer some insights into your dog’s behavior. Call Urban Pooch to set up your free 15 minute consultation by visiting, emailing or calling 773.961.8880.

Urban Pooch offers Daycare, Cageless Boarding, Grooming, Training – group classes, private one-on-one, one and two-week Pooch Camps, Agility, Therapy Dog training, and have an amazingly Fun Retail Store filled with thoughtful, fun and healthy food, treats and products.

They have two facilities – Urban Pooch Canine Life Center – 4501 N Ravenswood Avenue (Sunnyside) and Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center – 5400 N Damen Avenue (Andersonville/Bownmanville).

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