Learn how to train your dog not to bark
Uncontrolled barking can be one of the most frustrating aspects of dog ownership. Managing his barking habits well from the very start of your relationship is the best way to avoid puppy love turning into puppy hate.
The first thing to do is to examine the reasons behind your dog is so vocal.
- Is he of a breed that is naturally more vocal than others?
- Is your puppy bored or perhaps anxious about anything?
- Are you unintentionally encouraging barking through your own behavior?
Firstly, it’s important to be aware of the fact that certain breeds such as terriers are more apt to bark than others. This doesn’t mean you have to accept the barking, but rather that it’s important to understand that the barking is deeper engraved in their DNA.
Secondly, when focusing on how to train your dog not to bark, make sure you are giving your dog plenty of exercise and discipline. Going for a good run will burn off any excess energy and help alleviate any fears and tension. Discipline helps your dog feel structured and safe. If you are going to be away, go on a decent walk with your dog first before leaving him by himself. Then give him sufficient toys and things to chew on so that he won’t get bored when you’re out.
Finally, examine your own behavior. Are you petting or coddling your dog when he barks to try to sooth him and be quiet? If so, you are telling him to get special attention each time he barks. All he needs to do is bark long enough to get your attention… Bear in mind that petting a dog when they are exhibiting bad behavior only reinforces that behavior.
Have you created anxiety by separating him from his family? A dog who has been removed from his pack will feel a natural urge to get back to his pack, which can manifest itself in restless pacing, digging, barking and whining.
Once you have verified that your own behavior is confident and calm, you should integrating your anti-bark training into your obedience training plan. Your dog should already recognize a tone of voice or certain words such as “No!”. When he starts to bark repeatedly, simply repeat the word or sound in an calm and confident way.
Another option suggested by some trainers is to use reverse psychology to solve the barking issue by first teaching your dog to bark, then teaching to stop the barking, and use this ability like switch your dog’s barking on and off, just like you switch a light switch.
Consult a dog trainer
Finally, if you have tried all these anti-barking techniques and are still stuck with a stubbornly barking dog, you may want to consult a professional dog trainer.
There are many aspects on how to train your dog not to bark, but as with most dog obedience issues, patience, confidence and respect should be your guiding principles.