How to Stop Your Dog From Barking
Dogs bark, it’s natural. Expecting dogs to always be quiet is like expecting a baby never to cry or a child to talk. It is unreasonable to think it possible for a dog never to bark. However, some dogs come to bark too much. In case you are in such a situation and you want your pet to stop barking, here are some tips for you to train your dog not to bark excessively.
Find Out The Cause of Barking
As with many problems, the most effective way to find a solution is first to discover the root cause. In this case, ask yourself why is your dog barking? Barking is just one of the ways dogs communicate and it can be used differently depending on the situations. Below are listed some of the reasons that might make a dog bark.
- Protection of Territory – Dogs instinctively bark when a possible threat gets too close to their territory.
- Fear or Surprise – Some dogs might bark at new objects or noises that catch their attention.
- Boredom – No dog likes to be left alone for long periods, and some may start to bark to express their loneliness or sadness.
- Seeking Attention – Dogs know that barking is probably the most effective way they have to grab our attention. Some tend to bark when they want something, like a treat, a game to play or simply when they want to go out for a walk.
- Happiness – Some dogs bark when happy to greet people or other animals, jumping around and with their tails moving.
Getting to know the cause your dog is barking is the first step in tackling the problem.
If you feel that your dog is barking more than necessary, the good news is that you can train him not to bark. Of course, it will take some effort from your side, consistency and time, but if you follow the tips below listed, you’ll be able to see some good process.
Ignore the Barking
This tip might require a long time and consistency, but it might be one of the best ways to stop your dog from barking. You shouldn’t give your dog any kind of attention while he is barking as he will interpret your reaction as a “victory” and will keep barking. Instead, do not touch him, talk to him or look at him. Reward your dog when he’s finally quiet again. You must avoid yelling at your dog to be quiet, as it will be counterproductive and will sound as if you’re barking with your dog.
Remove the Stimulus That Is Causing Your Dog Barking
This is why we highlighted the importance to seek out for the cause of barking. You should aim at getting your dog used to whatever factor that is causing him to bark. If it is a physical stimulus such as new dogs or something new introduced in your house, get your dog gradually accustomed. Move the stimulus closer and use treats to incentivize your dog not to bark and make him feel at ease. It will take some dedication, but you’ll be surprised by the results.
Make Sure Your Dog Has Plenty Of Physical Activity
None wants their dogs to be unhappy, sad or bored. Make sure your dog has the opportunity to release his energy through daily walks. If your dog is particularly active, consider going for a run or to take your bike. You can also play some games to challenge him mentally. In that way, your dog will be happier and less prone to bark.
Be Consistent and Patient
Everyone in your household must follow the same principles when training your dog. If you’re trying to ignore the barking, everyone should do so. You don’t want to confuse the dog as that will make results harder to achieve. Also, even if barking can be quite irritating, you have to stay calm. Your dog will perceive your frustration which will lead him to bark even more! Buy your dog a comfortable home so he/she can feel safe in their own spot.
Teach Your Dog the “Quiet” Command
You can also train your dog to be “quiet” by using positive reinforcement and a calm and firm voice. It will take a while, but results will pay off!
Here were some tips to help you in your efforts of making your dog stop barking. Remember that consistency is the key and put these tips into practice!
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