How to Stop a Dog From Barking Too Much

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Dogs who bark too much should be trained to stop barking by performing a different task, such as a simple sit or lay down. Praise quiet behavior, and ignore undesired barking, with help from a certified dog trainer in this free video on canine behavior.

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Hi, my name is Dee Hoult with Applause Your Paws in Miami, Florida. In this clip I'm going to give you some tips on how to keep your dog from barking. This is especially important for dogs that stay outside for a majority of the time, because they have a tendency to run along the fence line, maybe bark at the mailman when he comes and it's also important for when you're walking your dog that he not react by barking to strangers out on the street or other dogs. Now, dogs bark for a couple of reasons, primarily because they're distracted or excited by something else. My dog, Zoey here, generally barks out of excitement, so if she is barking because she wants something what I'm going to ask her to do, and you can hear her making a vocalization, I'm going to ask her to do something other than the barking, so if she starts barking, I'm going to ask for a different behavior instead of the barking. Let's see here, so now; sit!, down!, and were going to wait for a couple of minutes of silence, or a couple seconds and then we're going to say, good girl, Zoey! and we're going to reward that quiet behavior, and that's the key. You want to reward the dog's quiet behavior as opposed to the noise. Uh, uh, sit!, down! Yes, good girl! So we really reinforce that quietness. Now you can hear Riley somewhere off in the distance, barking in the background, probably at someone passing by outside of the fence and in that case I would call Riley back to me, Riley!, come on Riley!, here they come. Riley, come here! Riley, come here guys, Riley, good, Zoey, hush. I have my food reward here, it could also be a toy and again I'm going to engage her in something other than the barking, like a sit. Good girl. So I'm rewarding my dog for the quiet and I'm training them away from the barking. Again, this is Dee in Miami with Applause Your Paws, thanks for watching.


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