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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has received a “higher than usual” amount of dog barking complaints over the past few months.

The city says bylaw officers have received 40 dog barking complaints due to “pandemic puppies.”

Many people welcomed new pets into their homes over the past few years that have had to adapt to being left alone as pet owners return to work or the regular routines that they had before the pandemic.

To help dogs adjust, the city suggests keeping them away from stressful situations, removing any motivation to bark, and not leaving them outside alone for long periods.

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