5 Important Tips to Get Your Dog to STOP Barking!

While there are some dogs that have a temperament for barking, there are many that do not. Golden retrievers, collies and the saint bernard are all dogs that bark less than other breeds, however all dogs are going to bark at some point.

Of course, dog owners will realize that some barking is part of being a dog, excessive barking can be annoying and frustrating.  There are sometimes reasons your dog is barking.  Finding the reason your dog barks is the first rule in solving the problem.  If your dog is barking for no reason, try the tips below. Teoti Anderson with ModernDog has give tips for teaching your dog to be quieter.  Here is a portion of Teoti’s article.

Is he being territorial? Does your dog bark at people who pass by your house or car? If so, your dog is barking to protect and proclaim what he sees as his domain.

Dogs can also bark in greeting because they are frustrated when they hear other dogs bark, and more. Your first step is to try and figure out why your dog is barking. Once you do, then you can tackle the noise.

Here are some ways you can teach your dog to be more quiet:

1. Ignore the barking
This can be hard! It’s especially effective, however, if your dog is barking to get attention or because he wants something. Only pay attention to your dog when he’s quiet. Keep in mind, if you’ve been rewarding your dog for barking for some time, the barking will get worse before it gets better. Persevere! If you waffle back and forth, the barking will only continue and likely worsen.

2. Remove the motivation
If your dog is being territorial, block his view of the things that trigger his barking. If he’s barking at things he sees out a window, close the curtains or blinds, or confine your dog to another area of the house where he can’t see his triggers. You can also find peel-and-stick window film in home supply stores that can prevent your dog from seeing through the window.

For the rest Teoti Anderson’s article, click here.  Seeking advice from your veterinarian is also recommended.  Have you had experience calming a barking dog? Share your experiences in the comments below.

photo source:  Steve Baker