How to Stop a Dog from Barking
Although it is natural for a dog to bark, some overdo it. If your dog happens to have the issue, then the first thing to do is perhaps to establish the cause of excessive barking. Once you identify the reason, it will be easy for you to find ways to stop the dog from barking. You will have to train them gradually.
Why Would a Dog Bark?
Barking is a form of vocal communication, and dogs may use it to mean many things. It all depends on the situation. Below are some of the reasons:
- Boredom or loneliness
- Attention seeking
- Protecting their territory
- Separation anxiety
Once you start training the dog, remember the following tips:
- Do not shout at your dog to stop. The dog may think that you are also barking.
- Have consistency so that you do not confuse the dog. Do not let your dog get away with undesirable barking sometimes.
- Keep your training positive.
How to Train Your Dog to Stop the Behavior
Treating excessive barking will require some tactics, based on the reason why your dog is barking. Some of the solutions may be:
- Ignore the Barking
How to stop your dog from barking may include ignoring it. After you identify that the barking aims at getting your attention, you can ignore it until they stop. It may take longer than you expect, but that is the best solution you can offer. Do not even look in their direction.
Once they stop barking, you can reward them with a treat. If you do that several times, they will start understanding that silence rewards them with a treat. You can now lengthen the time required to remain quiet before they get the reward.
- Keep the Dog Tired
The technique requires you to give your dog sufficient exercise – both mental and physical. Doing it every day keeps the dog tired, and they are less likely to bark when they get bored or frustrated. The exercise will depend on the dog’s age and breed and may include long walks or an activity like chasing the ball.
Get Your Pup Used to Excitement
If you notice that your dog starts barking before going for a walk or mealtime, you can change the program. If the barking starts when you are getting the leash so that you can go for a walk, return the leash.
We hope this helps you understand how to stop your dog from barking so much.
For More Information
If you have questions about this topic or general questions about pet care, you can contact Kara Jenkins, Owner of TLC Pet Sitter. We are also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. View more of our articles on pets here.