While barking is natural and a way in which dogs communicate, inappropriate barking is a common problem dog owners do experience. If your dog barks too often, it can be really annoying and cause unhealthy coexistence with your neighbors. As a dog owner, it’s your sole responsibility to control excessive barking.
In order to be able to stop dog barking, you must first determine the major cause of the behavior. Once you establish what is causing your dog to bark, it can be much easier to find a solution to the problem.
The following are top tips to help you stop your dog from barking.
First have a consistent trigger word that will tell your dog that they now have to keep quiet. Keep your voice firm and if he obeys, praise him and give him rewards. Positive reinforcement works very well in instilling positive traits in your dog. After some time, they will begin to understand that they must be quiet when you issue your command and stop barking.
Also, you have to patiently wait for your dog to stop barking before you reward them. This will make him understand that barking won’t get him anything.
Extinguish the behavior
To stop dog barking, you must completely ignore him when he’s barking. Time and again, you unintentionally teach your dog to bark by reinforcing the habit. If your dog barks, walk away, or look away and don’t speak or give eye contact. This way, your dog will know that such behavior is not worthy your attention. At first, he may bark harder , but if your persistently ignore him, he will realize that his behavior is not acceptable.
Some dog breeds have high energy and without sufficient physical and mental exercise, all that pent-up energy is burnt through barking. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so that he does not have a lot of pent-up energy to burn by barking. A tired dog is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration. There is no need to get a bark collar, as that would be kinda mean.
In many instances, dogs bark due to boredom or loneliness, so do something to entertain them. You can either spend more time playing or provide toys or activities that will keep him entertained.
Remember, you are not supposed to yell at your dog to stop barking. To him, it sounds like you’re joining in on the barking.
These tips and tricks can helps top dog barking. However, you should not expect miracles overnight. This is a process that will take time, and with patience and right training, your dog will break the old barking habit.