Upon pick up, dogs are happy to see you! Barking can and most often will be heard at pick up and almost always settles once they are back in your hands or after you have left for drop off. If you wish to help minimize barking at pick up, please stay back from the gate in which your dog is behind. This can help minimize, though dogs are quite smart and I have had dogs recognize an owner coming to get them with you pulling into the parking lot. (Incredible.)
Human guests, please understand;
Dogs may bark when you come to pick up your dog, which may not even be your dog barking. Or, your dog may be the one barking. Every dog is different. Human owners at pick up often try to instill "quite" or "no bark" among the barking dogs upon pick up- please understand, you are speaking to several dogs to "be quite" when doing so and they are a pack, you are a visitor. Dog's do not need to be shouted at, here. Please, trust when I say to you at pick up- it will settle and I will address the dogs barking if the language is not that of excitement. I encourage you to simply be prepared to hear some barking upon pick up. Most dogs would love to greet you too! However, to pose training modality of behavior enforcement at a peek time of excitement to your animal here is not the time or place to do so. A dog in such, requires adequate training to learn excitement placement, from you, the pet owner and a trainer between your own bond with your own pet if you wish for your own individual pet to not bark. Please understand, dogs in the pack are most likely not going to listen to a visitor and if they inherently did, they would not be of the ones barking or needing to be told not to. Some dogs bark and some simply don't.
I understand it can be noisy for a human not familiar with such sounds to hear and experience upon a pick up. I will not yell or shout to tell a dog to "be quite" when excited. Pick up "barks" occur for majority of pick ups, here. If the barking is excessive, I will place the pet in the back room so we humans may adequately speak as needed. I will take care of the situation as I see applicable for the well being of the pet. This may suggest speaking over a dog barking for a brief moment of time while the pet settles, or I will gently talk to the barking dog first or a dog is gently placed in back, briefly. I encourage speaking up for a dog as well as I do humans. A dog is welcome to speak their language in the content in which their natural energy supports, especially when in sharing enjoyment.
Barking is a language.
Barking is a natural expression upon several other "languages" among a dog. Some barks are a dominant bark. Some are an alert. Some are simply "talking". How your pet chooses to speak, is ok here. I understand such language, (as unusual as this may appear), 20+ years of barking dogs- it's a language I speak too!
However, barking, for the majority of the pet's appointment duration, is not a fit. Such behavior is generally a result of anxiety and requires a specialized approach with a trainer. It is a more rare occurrence that a dog would bark for the majority of their appointment, but it does occur. For a dog to endure vocally barking and I ask if you would enjoy hearing your own dog bark for roughly two straight hours, it's a concern. A mobile groomer where the dog has direct attention throughout the entire groom can be a great solution if, for example, the anxiety is that of separation, and you are working with a trainer.
Barking at home:
If this type of behavior requires consistent raised voice "be quite's" for you at home and/or this is common; such as barking at other dogs on walks or out the window at home, at almost everything that passes by, I encourage you to seek a trainer so you are not yelling in line with your own pet. The reality is, your pet is speaking dominant position; you and your pet must work together to establish the training necessary for effective "communication." This is a worthy investment of your time and attention toward speaking to your pet as well as your pet being heard. An example of such a notable bond is that of a K9 and their master. The bond is remarkable.
Dog's who bark consistently, for the majority part of their day here, are not a fit.