A common issue for dogs is barking too much, but there are steps you can begin to take to try to train your dog to stop this behavior.
Does your dog bark a lot? Well here are a few ways to help stop your dog’s barking. But remember that these techniques will not work miracles overnight. The longer your dog has been doing this behavior, the longer it will take to teach them a new way.
TIPS: Yelling at your dog is not effective; in fact, your dog thinks you are barking along with them. Keep training positive as much as you can and try to be consistent.
- Removing the motivation is important because your dog has learned that they get a reward when they bark.
- Ignoring the barking can be difficult, but you need to show that barking won’t get the dog attention from you. If you finally cave in after an hour of barking and yell at them, they will now know they just have to bark for a very long time to get your attention.
- Desensitize your dog to the stimulus or the cause of the barking. Move the stimulus far away and reward your dog, but then incrementally move the stimulus closer. You want to teach your dog that seeing the stimulus leads to treats.
- Teach your dog the quiet command just like you taught them the command for speaking. Reward them when they are quiet.
- Ask your dog for incompatible behavior that requires your dog to stop barking like going to place and lying down in the bed.
- Keep your dog tired and they may be less likely to bark. If your dog is bored and frustrated, this energy can be misplaced and cause them to bark. Stimulate your dog’s physical and mental health every day.
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