How to Stop Dogs Barking
Even well behaved dogs can develop an annoying barking habit as there many reasons a dog will feel the need to bark. Dog barking is always annoying and in many built up areas excessive barking from your dog may even land you in trouble with your neighbours. The first step in rectifying your dog’s barking problem is to find out why they are doing it in the first place. This will put you in a better position to control it as you will know the appropriate actions to take.
Never lower yourself into a yelling match with your dog to stop barking. This is a form of attention and she will simply think that you are joining in. As a result, she will only start to bark even more because she will now feel justified in her actions. Call her over in a calm and controlled manner. Divert her attention away from the barking with a few basic training exercises and suitable rewards. Sometimes this may be all that is needed to stop her errant behaviour.
Reduce Your Dog’s Boredom
Dogs do get lonely and may start barking because you are leaving them alone for too long a period. You might be able to resolve the problem by finding a dog-sitter who can keep your dog company while you are away. If it is feasible, keeping two dogs together will often eliminate the boredom and loneliness of a dog left on it’s own for extended periods of time. Many Designer dog breeds such as Puggles and Beagliers love company and do well with another dog. If you are only away for short periods but she is still barking, then you may have a dog that has become overly dependent on you. In such cases you would be best served by seeking the help of a specialized dog behaviourist.
Dogs may bark to request something. In this case it is a simple matter of not giving in to your dog when they bark. Unfortunately, this can take time if you have reinforced this habit over a number of years. Of course, you will also need to distinguish between a valid reason for barking such as going to the bathroom, or her just wanting attention. It’s important to never give in to your dog’s unwarranted barking request as any submission by you will undo all of your previous hard work.
Reward your dog’s good behaviour, but be sure to get in quick as you want her to associate her silence with good behaviour. Once your dog realizes that silence comes with a reward you can extend the time between rewards. Keep the time delay variable so she doesn’t associate a particular amount of time with a treat.
Sometimes the problem barking may be well out of your skillset – especially if you have an older aged dog with a newly developed barking problem. These problems can be extremely hard to pin down as to their cause if you have little experience in dog psychology. In these cases, seek help from your vet who can link you up with a behavioural expert.