Training: How to Stop your Dog from Barking

Training Your Dog How to Stop Barking

You’ve most likely have heard the phrase “its bark is worse than its bite” in reference to someone’s pet dog, which many pet owners find to be very true, and you may even wonder about how to stop your dog from barking.  A dog barks as its means of communication just as humans talk or shout at one another.  The reasons a dog might bark could be out of fear, loneliness, aggression or dominance, or a dog may be trying to communicate that it wants to be fed or to be let outside.  Dog barking is a natural response for many dogs simply to protect their property and family.  Older dogs may bark due to becoming more grouchy or grumpy and suffering from various ailments, including hearing loss.  Dogs that are older may become startled easily due to their hearing not being as sharp as it once was.  No matter what the reasons may be for your dog barking, know that it is something you can work to control.  Understanding the reason your dog barks can help you figure out the best way to cut down on excess barking or curtail troublesome barking from your dog.  The last thing you want is your dog’s bark causing complaints from neighbors or visitors feeling that they can’t be in the same residence.

So how do you ultimately stop your dog from barking?  Training your dog to bark may be one of the best ways to control barking.  Barking can be a form of attention albeit negative, and many dogs seek this attention over none at all.  Taking the time to train a dog to bark serves to make the dog feel more appreciated by its owner, reduces boredom, and teaches the dog to bark and stop barking as you command them to.  The idea is to first teach your dog when to bark, followed up by when to quiet down.  Using the command “speak” along with a dog treat when your dog barks is a great means of reinforcement.  Once your dog has this instruction down it’s time to teach them to stop barking on command.  Tell the dog to “speak” and let the dog bark repeatedly until you command “Hush”.  Give the dog a treat when it obeys this instruction.  You should also pay attention to certain events or people that may trigger the barking and work to control those (i.e. specific visitors, the mailman).  Generally the lesson to teach your dog when to bark and when to stop should work with your dog in a maximum of two weeks time.  If it hasn’t it’s time to take your dog to a vet to check for possible health problems, and then turn things over to a professional trainer who can tell you where you may be going wrong.

Another specific area to focus on training your dog’s barking is simply when you leave and return to the home.  Some dogs tend to become stressed or anxious when their master or family members are leaving them at the house and begin to bark.  In these instances, it may be best to keep hellos and goodbyes more casual or simply not using these at all with your dog.  Instead, simply come and go as you please at the house.  Also avoid giving your dog a treat when you come or go as this may be rewarding them and thus reinforcing the problematic behavior.  Shouting at your dog to quiet down or shutup also will not do the trick in these barking fits.  It’s best to maintain strong eye contact with your pet and firmly say “Hush” or “Quiet”.  Be consistent in this approach and make sure to praise your dog once they obey the command.

There also exists one dog, the Basenji, which is known as the only dog that is unable to bark, but don’t choose this dog in lieu of consistent training.  If you are finding that training and encouragement simply aren’t doing the trick to prevent your dog’s excessive barking it may be time to refer to an anti bark collar guide and choose a dog collar to help control your dog’s problematic barking habit.  There tends to be general misconceptions that these devices will hurt a dog when in fact they are more of an uncomfortable sensation which helps teach the dog to stop barking.  Realize that it is possible to prevent this pet dog problem, whether it be through the use of these special devices or your own consistent training.

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One Response to “Training: How to Stop your Dog from Barking”

  1. nice blog man!

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