Stop Dog Barking
Barking is normal for a dog because that is how it communicates. However, a dog may exhibit excessive barking that may be a nuisance, such as barking at any object, when left alone and sometimes for no reason. This means that there is a need to stop the dog from excessive barking to teaching it to bark only when necessary or under command. The aim should not be to stop dog barking completely, but to stop when it is asked to and not to bark without a reason.
"To make a dog stop barking, you need to know why it barks"
Some of the reasons a dog barks could be due to fear, to drive something away, out of excitement, under command, and when sounding an alarm, among many other reasons. Sometimes a dog can bark without any reason and for some dogs, it is in their genetic makeup.
"When you know why the dog is barking, you can take the right approach"
The basis of any dog training is in the ability of the owner to take the role of the pack leader for the dog as explained by Doggy Dan on the online dog trainer which is accessible on http://theonlinedogtrainer.com/.
With this method, the owner understands the dog and its thinking. This ensures that the dog respects the owner and this makes the training easier. It is the role of the owner to demonstrate confidence and calm leadership so that the dog can respond to the training offered to stop the unnecessary barking.
By knowing why the dog is barking, you can know how to deal with it. To make sure the method works, be consistent, have a positive attitude toward the training and do not yell at the dog so that it can be quiet because the dog sees it as you are barking with it.
Stop Dog Barking Training Methods
Some of the ways that the barking can be controlled include:
The training involves teaching the dog to bark when you tell it to “speak” and to stop when you tell it “quiet.”
This ensures that the dog does not bark at any time except when given a command. One of the methods you can use is rewards such as verbal praise or treats. You can make the dog bark by ringing a doorbell or you can bark. When it becomes quiet, you can then reward it. Make sure you wait for a moment after it stops to bark to reward so that it does not confuse the reward for silence to be that of the barking.
Another way is to command the dog to “speak” and when it barks a few times, stick a treat on its nose and reward it with praise and then a treat when it stops the barking to sniff.
When it learns the “speak" command, you can teach him the “quiet” command.
Go somewhere without distractions and tell the dog to “speak.” As soon as he starts barking, tell him “quiet” and then place a treat in front of the nose. Praise and give him the treat.
If a dog barks due to a particular stimulus, remove it.
Find out what motivates it to bark. For instance, it could be barking at people passing near the gate or the window. You can remove the motivator by getting it away from where it can see the people such as bringing it into the house if it is barking at passersby outside or removing it from the room with the window and placing it in another room.
You can create a distraction when the dog starts to bark so that the dog can take its mind off what is stimulating it to bark.
You can give a verbal command but if the intensity of the dog’s barking is too high such that it cannot hear you, then you can use a tool that emits sound at higher frequency, such as a can with coins or a chain. The sound interrupts the dog from barking. If the dog barks unnecessarily and a loud object falls in front of it, it may think because it is barking without a reason, an object is falling from the sky and it associate unnecessary barking with objects falling and it will stop barking.
Ignore the dog when it is barking
You can ignore the dog by not showing him any attention such as not touching him, talking or looking at him as long as he is barking and then reward him with attention when he keeps quiet. Make sure that you wait for him to be quiet before giving the reward. For instance, if the dog starts barking when you put him in his gated room, ignore him and when he stops, praise him or give him a treat.
Desensitize the dog to the stimulus
If there is a stimulus that is causing the dog to bark, desensitize the dog by making accustomed to what is causing it to bark. You can do this by having the stimulus at a distance at which the dog does not bark. Feed treats to the dog. Move the stimulus closer and then feed the dog the treats. Have the stimulus move away and then do not feed the treats to the dog. This will show the dog that the presence of the stimulus leads to treats.
A dog’s barking can be a nuisance, especially if the dog does it without any reason. Although you should not desire to stop dog barking completely because it is in the nature of the dog, you can control when the dog barks. This is by portraying yourself as the pack leader and gaining the respect of the dog. You can find more tips at www.onlinedogtrainer.com
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