How to Train Your Dog to Stop Barking

How to Train Your Dog to Stop Barking
How to Train Your Dog to Stop Barking

How to Train Your Dog to Stop Barking. Barking is a natural and normal behaviour in dogs. While there's not an exact science to reducing Nipper's repetitive ruffs, here are some tips to help keep the peace.

Things You'll Need

  • Radios
  • Bark Control Dog Collars
  • Dog Bones
  • Dog Dishes
  • Dog Doors
  • Dog Food
  • Dog Toys
  • Dog Training Aids
  • Dog Treats

Consider what's making your dog bark. Does he need yard access? Is a cat taunting him through the window? Does he just like the sound of his bark?

Check your pet's basic needs: hunger, thirst or elimination. Your pup might be trying to tell you something.

Remove your dog's motivation for barking. For example, make a dog door for easy outdoor access or close the shades.

Invest in a citronella no-bark collar, which is effective and not cruel; if your dog barks, the collar sprays a small amount of citronella, which dogs dislike.

Use positive reinforcement to train your dog to bark on command; this will help him learn how to be quieted on command as well.

Say "Good" at the exact instant your pet exhibits good behavior, followed by a reward and plenty of praise.

Consult a board-certified veterinary behaviorist or a pet behaviorist for additional suggestions if all else fails.

Tips & Warnings

  • To prevent barking while you're away, leave your dog inside the house, turn the radio on to soft music, and close the drapes and blinds when you leave.
  • Certain breeds, nervous or overexcited dogs, dogs with separation anxiety or dogs that haven't been trained properly at an early age are prone to excessive barking.
  • Excessive barking might be caused by separation anxiety, which can be dangerous to the dog if not treated properly. The dog may require professional help from a certified veterinary behaviorist.
  • Avoid using shock collars - these are not recommended, especially for dogs with separation anxiety, unless the only other option is to have your dog put down.

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