Stop dog barking

Jun 12 17:35 2011 Jason Teo Print This Article

Dogs will be dogs, and most dogs will bark, whine and howl at times - it's only natural. Dogs vocalize to communicate with humans and to express themselves. Sometimes we want our dogs to bark in order to warn us about potential danger or protect us from harm

Dogs will be dogs,Guest Posting and most dogs will bark, whine and howl at times - it's only natural. Dogs vocalize to communicate with humans and to express themselves. Sometimes we want our dogs to bark in order to warn us about potential danger or protect us from harm. However, excessive dog barking can be considered a behaviour problem. What is the solution? Well, your dog needs to understand when to bark and when to be quiet, and it's your job to teach this to her. Start working on problem barking as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the harder it gets to curb the behaviour. It is a good idea to teach your dog the Speak and Silent commands. This may be easier said than done. However, with dedication and consistency, you can teach your dog to bark on command AND to be quiet.

Similar to other problem behaviours in dogs, excessive barking can be the result of boredom, stress, loneliness, and a need for attention. Do you take your dog for regular walks? Is he alone all day? The lack of regular exercise and socialization can lead to excessive barking. It is therefore necessary to take your dog for at least two walks a day, and give him mental stimulation, as well: puzzle games, daily training, and toys.

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Before you attempt to stop dog barking, try to understand what its causes are. Your approach to dealing with the barking problem will depend on what's triggering this behaviour. Even then, you need to determine if his barking is excessive. For dogs, barking is a perfectly natural behaviour. It's as natural for your dog to bark as it is for us to use language to communicate.

Each time your dog barks at a passer-by, after several barks, praise your dog for informing you, then gently ask him or her to be SLIENT. If they remain quiet for a few seconds, praise them. You may need to show them a very tasty titbit initially to help them concentrate on you and calm down. Give them the titbit the second they are quiet and slowly increase the amount of time they have to be quiet before giving them the titbit. If they continue to bark, raise your voice or use body language to strengthen the command, but praise them as soon as they are quiet. It will take a few sessions (depending on the number of visitors you get!) but, over time, build up the duration of time you expect them to be quiet. You might find it useful to count out the seconds as an added means to hold your dog’s attention away from the passer-by. Always be consistent- many attempts to train a dog to be quiet fail through inconsistency.

If you’re tried several training methods and nothing has worked, it’s time to seek product intervention. Dog training collars can be a useful tool to fine-tune a mutt gone barking mad. Anti-barking collars that squirt citronella when your dog barks can do the trick. Most dogs hate both the hissing noise of the squirt and the smell of citronella itself. 

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