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How Do You Get a Dog to Stop Barking?

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Barking is an essential part of being a dog. Just like how talking often comes naturally to children, so does barking for them. Barking is a natural response to protect oneself, and some dogs will bark as much or more than others.

The most important thing to understand about excessive barking is that many factors can cause it. Therefore, the first step in managing your dog's problem should always start with figuring out what causes them and then treat the issue, so they stop barking as often.

There Are Many Reasons Why Dogs Might Barking

Researchers believe that barking is one type of vocal communication used by dogs, and it can mean different things depending on the situation.

There's more than one reason why dogs bark, but they often do it to show that something is entering their territory. This could be another animal or person coming into the area where you live. Your dog's vocalization often becomes louder and more intense so that you know they are not happy about something.

Dogs bark when one of these things happens: alarm/fear, boredom, or loneliness. Dogs are social creatures that enjoy the company of others. So when you leave your dog home alone for long periods, they may start to feel lonely or bored, which leads them to bark at anything.

Dogs often let out a joyful sound accompanied by tail wags and sometimes jumping when greeting someone or something. This is because it's attention-seeking behavior. Dogs will use whatever way possible to get people's attention.

Here Are Several Ways You Can Help Stop Your Dog from Barking

To help your dog learn to communicate without barking, you should take advantage of these techniques. All could be successful but don't expect miracles overnight. The longer they've been practicing, the better the results will be. The first step should always be determining why they bark at all.

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1. Don't Yell at Your Dog or Encourage Barking

Please don't yell at your dog and make them feel embarrassed. You can also use treats as incentives for good behaviors (like sitting) whenever possible. This makes it more fun for both parties involved because no one wants an activity where they are always being told "no."

Don't encourage your dog to bark at some noises like a door slamming or people walking by. Be consistent about applying these methods every time dogs misbehave. If you're using a muzzle or a restraining device, be cautious as these may hurt the animal over time.

2. Stop Motivating Your Dog to Bark

Your dog might be upset if they see something that interests them. To help the dog feel more at ease, try these tips for managing the barking behavior. For example, if they bark at people or animals passing by, take them outside when necessary. If your dog barks at people passing by when it is out, make sure to take them inside.

3. Don't Pay Attention to Barking

The best way to stop your dog from barking is by ignoring them. If you believe that they are trying to get attention, don't answer and stay away from the dog for as long as it takes until it stops barking, not to give him any reward or satisfaction.

If the noise continues after a few minutes have passed and they are quiet again, reward them with treats and praise, so the dog associates quietness with rewards rather than just being given attention for making any sound at all.

It is important to be consistent with your dog when rewarding them for staying silent. You can start by only rewarding for quieting after short periods, like 5 seconds or 12 seconds, and work up from there gradually over several weeks as they catch on that being quiet gets them what they really want, and that's tasty rewards.

4. Get Your Dog Used to the Thing That's Causing Him to Bark

To desensitize your dog, gradually get them accustomed to whatever is causing them to bark. Start with something far enough that won't make them panic when they see it. Use food as an incentive for good behavior.

If their barking starts to subside after a certain distance, then move in closer. Desensitize them by repeating this process many times until they are no longer responsive at all.

5. Tell Your Dog to Do Something That's Incompatible with Barking

If you want to stop your dog from barking, try training them with a "Quiet" command. For example, if you want them to go to their bed and stay there, do it by tossing a treat next to the mattress and saying Quiet.

You can make things more difficult by having someone ring doorbells at various times, during which they'll get rewarded when they remain in place without getting off and barking.

6. Exercise Your Dog

Please keep your dog tired by providing them with enough exercise. A tired animal is a better behaved one. Therefore, it is important to exercise your dog every day. If they are not physically or mentally exhausted by 10 pm, the likelihood of barking increases tenfold. You can ensure this doesn't happen by giving them sufficient outdoor playtime to chase balls and play with interactive toys. Of course, it would help if you also gave adequate walks.

7. Have Your Dog Trained by a Professional

Eliminating barking can be as easy or difficult depending on the individual situation. For example, suppose your dog responds negatively, and you feel like they may not want any more contact with strangers, family members, or other dogs. In that case, you should seek professional help to avoid future problems caused by frustration/anxiety over this issue.

8. Prepare Your Home When Leaving the Dog Alone

When owners are gone, the solution for barking is to leave the dog with familiar sounds, such as a radio or television program. The idea here is that these sounds would only make him hear the things in the house. You could also close all curtains before you go out so your dog does not see things like squirrels and mailmen. This will help block any external cues that might trigger an alert response.

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9. Use a Bark Collar

The bark collar is a product that promises to stop your dog's barking quickly. Collars go on the dogs, and they can deliver audible or ultrasonic sounds. But not all of them are effective in controlling the barking.

There are also spray collars that work by emitting a spurt of air or citronella when they detect bark. The hissing sound, blast, and smell are all distracting for dogs, so it acts to interrupt barking behavior

10. Use a Dog Whistle

Dogs can hear sounds too high for humans, like dog whistles and ultrasonic devices. So these machines send out high-pitched sounds to make dogs stop barking when they get on someone's nerves or want peace in general.

11. Debarking

Debarking is considered inhumane by many because it doesn't address the underlying cause of a dog's barking. In addition, the procedure can be life-threatening and with complications including breathing difficulties or a higher chance of choking, which may lead to death if left untreated.

It just removes tissue from around their larynx (or voice box) which leaves them with a raspy sound.


Note: Debarking procedure is NOT recommended.

Written by Eric Parker

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