A dog barking is a totally normal behavior. With few exceptions, almost every dog barks. To them, it’s a normal form of communication.
Too much barking though can be a problem. It can be bothersome to you and your family, and even more so for your neighbors.
Is there a way you get your dog to stop barking so much?
Yes, there is, and as your dog’s pack leader, it’s your job to teach them how to behave.
Let’s review how you can teach your dog to not bark so much.
First, it’s important to review the main reasons that cause a dog to bark. If you review this list, it may help you determine what the root cause of your dog’s excessive barking is.
Why do dogs bark?
- To get attention
- Responding to other dogs
If you understand the reason for your dog’s barking, then you can figure out how to control that behavior.
For example, a dog that is bored needs more walks, play or exercise. If your dog is anxious, you can address the root causes or find ways to treat separation anxiety. If your dog barks at other dogs, you can desensitize them to other animals.
Training is also important. Your dog needs to know that there are times to bark and there are times to be quiet. Teaching them the basic speak/quiet commands is important.
Related: How to train your dog
If your dog has excessive barking issues, start working on addressing these as soon as possible. It will be easier to train them before the behaviors become too ingrained.
Tips to help break the barking habit
- Teach your dog the Speak/Quiet commands
- Don’t yell. To the dog, it is like you are barking back at them.
- Stay positive when you are working with them.
- Be consistent with your dog at all times. Make sure everyone in the household is reacting to the behavior in the same way.
- Do not comfort, pet, hug or give your dog a treat when they are barking for attention or out of anxiety. Even if it gets them to stop, it is encouraging and rewarding the behavior.
- Get your dogs attention with a clap or whistle. When they have quieted, redirect their attention to a toy or other reward.
- Use the basic commands of sit and down in order to shift focus.
- Do not let your dog bark constantly outside. Bring them in when they bark so they know they can’t be outside if they bark.
How to teach your dog to stop barking
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