5 Tips to help stop your dog from barking
Most dog owners will understand the frustration of having to deal with a dog who has a barking problem. Although it's a part of a canines natural behavioural repertoire to bark, it can often become a problem when it is excessive and performed during inappropriate times.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you cope with the behaviour.
1. Stay Calm.
1) Stay calm
When your dog barks, do you have the tendency to yell something like “Be Quiet” or “Sit Down”? Although to you, it seems like you are telling your dog to stop barking, your loud noises makes your dog believe that you are joining in. Yelling won’t do you much good in this situation. The best thing you can do when your dog starts barking excessively, is to stay calm. You could try establish a signal that warns your dog to stop barking. That signal could be a look, sound, or physical correction. Below, We will go over the “quiet” command.
2. Remove Motivation
2) Remove the motivation
The first part of fixing the problem is understanding what is causing it. Why is your dog barking? Is it your neighbour that the dog sees through the window? If so, close the blinds. Is your dog is barking at passersby when they're outside? If so, bring them in the house. Is your dog barking because it wants attention? If so, simply ignore your dog until they quiet down. Is your dog barking because they're bored? If so, take them for a run!
3. Teach "Quiet"
3) Teach the “quiet” command
- When your dog barks, praise them and use a verbal cue such as “bark.” Get them to associate barking with the word “bark.”
- When your dog begins to understand what “bark” means encourage him to bark.
- When your dog stops barking, give him a different treat and use the vocal cue “quiet.” Get him to associate the action of not barking with the word “quiet.”
- Continue training until both cues are strong and memorised.
4) Desensitize your dog
The aim here is to get your dog used to whatever it is that’s causing them to bark. An example of this; if your dog barks at people outside the window, you could sit with it as they look out the window. When someone approaches. pull out the treats, remind them with your command “quiet,” and wait for your dog to stop barking. When they do, praise them and give them a treat. Gradually increase the time they must be quiet before giving a treat. The goal here is to get your dog to associate the stimulus with positivity, instead of barking.
Boredom is a strong reason for dogs to start barking. Make sure to keep your dog exercised each day to eliminate boredom.