No matter what, let us face this fact: dogs will always bark. There can be a lot of reasons for dogs to bark, from trust issues, to just being excited. Dogs can bark for both negative and positive reasons. There are also particular breeds of dogs that are more susceptible to barking than others. The focus is not on the barking, but the need for your dog to be silent when told to stop. The first step into teaching your dog to stop barking is to understand the reasoning behind the barking. Do you like service dog training?
Why do dogs bark?
Dogs can bark for a variety of reasons. These reasons can include sounding an alarm, playing or initiating play, warning another animal, out of fear, joining in on an exciting moment, reactive barking, and the desire to drive another animal away. At times, dogs bark just for the sake of barking.
It is important to know the reason why your dog is barking. You don’t inevitably want to stop the barking though, particularly when the barking is for the reason as an alarm alerting the owner of near danger, or an intruder. What you want is for the dog to stop barking when you ask it to, and you do not want them to bark without reason.
How to stop a dog barking
If your dog barks in reaction to certain events, such as loud noises or other animals, the best solution to this is to teach them the ‘Quiet’ command. When your dog begins to bark, just simply command them by saying ‘Quiet!” followed by a treat for obedience.
Another clever trick is a task well used by most dog owners. The trick is to ask your dog for an incompatible behavior. For example, while your dog is barking, ask your dog to do something that he or she cannot do while barking. This is a simple and rare technique to use while teaching your dog to stop barking.
Always stay consistent with your training. Remember that reward, because this is what they are looking for when they perform the correct task for you. Rewards are vital to training your dog to stop barking, or else this approach is likely to fail.
Some dogs bark at almost any movement, noise, or disturbance. This may be the result of past trauma, mistreatment, or enforcement. If you yell at the dog to be quiet, it would be ineffective because it would just seem like you joining in with his barking. So he will think he is doing the right thing.
Do not reward your dog’s barking with attention. You should refrain from giving any type of attention while your dog is on a lengthy barking period. This teaches your dog that being silent will get his owner’s attention. Once he is quiet, praise your dog as soon as he stops. Over time, progressively lengthen the time between the rewards. This will teach your dog to stay silent for several hours.
Alongside the many reasons and sources of barking, there are also a variety of approaches and techniques we can take to guarantee the barking is for the correct reason, and stop the barking when there isn’t a reason at all.
Does your dog bark a lot when you’re not home?
Just like humans, dogs can get bored here and there. Typically when a dog gets bored, it barks. If you have to leave your dog in the house for long periods of time, a simple solution to this is hiring a dog walking service to walk your dog during the day while you are out. This allows it to get some fresh air, and eliminates the complaints of neighbors.
Another tip is to also sit some toys through the house, or give your dog some company by having another pet.
Covering the windows with drapes or curtains will take away the distraction from outside of the house. Doing this allows the dog to send their attention elsewhere. An alternative to this includes moving your dog some place where it won’t be able to see outside.
Be patient but don’t give up
Don’t expect to see changes in just a few hours or days. Also, when teaching your dog to stop barking, always stay pleasant and be nice. Dogs respond to positive reinforcement better when it comes from refraining from a behavior. Make sure that your family knows how to react to the dog’s barking.