How To Train A Dog Not To Bark

How to Train a Dog not to bark

Ah, the dreaded barking problem. If you’ve taken a
stroll down a residential street any time recently, you’ve
likely run into this very issue – a seemingly endless
number of dogs that just won’t stop barking.

If your own dog fits the bill, it can be incredibly
frustrating trying to figure out how to make it stop.

But, barking doesn’t have to be just another thing
“every dog does”. Sure, barking is a natural activity that
any healthy dog will do, and it’s never going to cease
completely. But, it can get out of hand and there are some
very specific things you can do to cut it down.

The Root of Barking

If you really want to control barking, you’d better
know why your dog is barking. Different types and sources
of barking require different solutions.

1. Boredom – This is the most common source of barking
and can be solved with some extra exercise or attention.

2. Anxiety – You need to teach your dog to handle your
departure more calmly. This is a long process, but well
worth it for the quiet and the health of your dog.

3. Warning – A dog should always bark at strangers or
threats, but only to a certain point.

4. Attention Seeking – A dog in want of attention will
bark at times. Never respond to this behaviour or you will
only reinforce it.

5. Startled – A dog that gets scared or startled may
bark in confusion.

6. Playfulness – Playful dogs will bark at times to
show their excitement. This is completely normal.

7. Communicating – Dogs use barking to communicate with
each other, saying “I’m here”. This is normal, but should
not be allowed to persist too long.

Obviously, some of these issues should not be changed.
You don’t want your dog thinking it’s not okay to bark if
they sense an intruder at the door. But, at the same time,
you don’t want them barking for an hour when the neighbour
comes home each day.

Stopping the Barking

Getting rid of a behaviour like excessive barking
starts every time with basic control of your dog. You need
to give your dog a strong alpha leader they can follow and
no reasons to test your leadership. The best way to do
this is to be consistent with your commands and to train
them.

If you train your dog to come, lie down and stay, they
will be very focused on completing those tasks and often
times will stop barking completely. Additionally, you’re
going to want to give your dog as much exercise as
possible. Exercise can make a tremendous difference as
well.

In fact, most dogs that are bored or underexercised
will just bark to bark. It may not even make sense. And
because we don’t make the connection ourselves, it can be
hard to reverse the trend.

In terms of what not to do, avoid using the “No” word.
Yelling at your dog will usually make it worse. The dog
either doesn’t understand and barks in frustration or will
think you’re barking along with it and get even louder.

Additionally, avoid punishment or rewarding of bad
behaviour. You should instead only reward good behaviour.
If you give your dog a “stop” phrase and they use it when
you tell them to stop barking, reward them with a treat.

Finally, never give your dog loving attention when they
bark. They will start to believe that they were right in
barking at whatever they barked at – only furthering their
anxiety or nervousness that bred the behaviour.

If you do it right, it can be easy to overturn a
strongly instilled desire to bark. Just be consistent and
take control of your home and your dog will quickly follow
suit.

I highly recommend that you check out the website below
which contains the best guide to stopping your dog from
barking, chewing, digging, aggression and helps you deal
with all sorts of behavioral problems:

Joe Iarocci

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