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Stop Dog From Barking
Can you really stop a dog from barking? Well, it depends on what
exactly we mean by that. Barking is natural for dogs, just like speaking is natural for people! It is their way to communicate, which is good actually and nobody could stop that.
Excessive barking though, just like too much talking, turns out to be a serious problem. A dog that barks all the time can upset your life and destroy your relationship with the neighbors...
bark for a number of reasons and the only way you could control the barking is by understanding what is hidden behind this behavior.
To Stop Dog From Barking
First You Have To Understand The Why
A dog starts barking the moment
a stranger enters his or her property
These are the main reasons for a dog’s excessive barking.
- Protection instinct.
Dogs bark every time a visitor tries to enter your property. This
behavior is normal and acceptable to some extend. The truth is that most
owners want their dog to alert them when a stranger comes at their door
step. What is important here is that your dog should be trained to stop
barking at your command.
- Fear or Anxiety. When
your dog starts his non stop barking try to understand if there is
something in the environment that makes him or her act this way. An other dog,
unexpected sounds, thunders, the vacuum cleaner, it could be anything.
Have in mind that dogs being kept chained outside ( become
anxious and are prone to excessive barking.
A dog that has been left alone for too many hours, having nothing to
do, is very likely to start barking. This way, either tries to attract
your attention or simply to …amuse himself.
- Your little fellow is separated from its pack, meaning you and your family. Dogs are social creatures and cannot live alone. They are always seeking for your company.
- The dog doesn’t get enough physical or mental exercise
and has plenty of extra energy. Make sure that your dog gets at least
two good daily walks and some time to play with you. A tired dog is
always a good dog.
- Sheer excitement. The
dog is so happy to see you every time you return home that cannot help
it and starts barking and jumping. Everyone loves that at first.
However, by accepting and rewarding this behavior you establish the
basis for a number of other serious behavioral problems.
Maybe the issue is not to stop your dog from barking
but to deal with its separation anxiety
- The dog has understood that barking "works"
and uses it to get his way. If you have taught your dog that barking helps to get what he wants then you have gotten yourself into serious
- There is external stimulation.
If the dog is running free in the yard or can watch out of a window
then it is very likely that something will catch his/her attention. Other
dogs, cars, kids with bicycles, cats, squirrels, it could be anything.
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How To Stop A Dog From Barking
- Always use a calm assertive voice when asking your dog to stop barking. Dogs don’t understand English, or any other human language. They only feel you,
the tone of your voice and your energy. So, screaming "shut up" doesn't
work. Maybe the dog gets scared and stops barking for a moment but he
will start all over again after a while.
- Never reward
excessive barking. Screams and sweet talk are considered as reward from
a dog’s point of view and it is very possible that the dog will bark
even more. Use a sound voice to correct your dog.
- NEVER hit the dog. He doesn’t understand why and this only destroys your relationship.
- A key point is that your dog sees you in the top of your pack’s hierarchy.
Even if that pack consists of... just the two of you. When that
happens, it is really easy for the dog to leave you handle any
challenging situation that triggers off excessive barking.
- If you still find it difficult to stop your dog from barking maybe it’s time to ask for professional help.
A dog trainer is always a very good idea, if you can afford that. But,
there are also many other options available to you. On line training
programs and books that could help you stop your dog from barking.
More pages on happy-lucky-dog.com about common dog behavioral problems:
How to Prevent Dog Bites
Dogs That Beg for Food
Separation Anxiety in Dogs
Dog Bed Wetting
> Behavioral Problems
> Stop Dog Barking
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