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
- 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.