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Barking, Barking, Barking

Dog barking is a natural means of communication for your dog. If you want to stop dog barking, you first have to understand why dogs bark. Barks can mean different things, from wanting attention, to protecting the house, to simply just being bored or lonely. There is always a reason your dog will bark, it just might not make sense to you. Once the source of your dog’s barking is determined, you can work on training him to stop. It could be a simple solution, such as taking him inside at night, or a little trickier to control. The first step? Finding out why your dog is barking.

Why Dogs Bark

Barking can have all different tones and mean many different things. Some dogs may simple be a barking breed. They love to hear themselves talk! Some of these breeds include Chihuahuas, Dobermans, Bloodhounds, Poodles and German Shepherds. They may feel like the Alpha dog and need to constantly express themselves. There are a number of reasons your dog may bark. Things in the environment such as other animals, people, strange noises or thunder may trigger the urge to bark. Some other causes may be separation anxiety, aggressiveness, or a very territorial dog. Some barking may actually be good. Training your dog to bark on certain occasions, such as to be let out, can be very beneficial. If there is an intruder, your dog can warn the house and potentially scare him off. When a dog’s barking gets out of control, and he seems to bark at every possible occasion, it is time to train. Training your dog to stop barking can be a very difficult task, but it can be done!

Training Your Dog

There are many different training techniques and tools out there to help stop your dog’s barking. You just need to determine which method works best for you and your dog. As soon as you find a technique that works, it is important to keep at this method for as long as it takes to get your dog to understand your commands. Be mindful that a dog’s barking cannot be cured overnight. It takes time and patience to completely control your dog’s barking habit. Some tips to keep in mind include:

  • Voice tone: Never yell at your dog. He will likely think you are barking along with him, which will probably encourage him to bark more. Talking in a stern, sharp voice is the most effective.
  • Attitude: Always keep training positive. Getting angry and punishing your dog will not be effective. You will likely scare him, not train him. Positive reinforcement such as “good dog!” is much more effective than punishment.
  • Rewards: Treats are an excellent way to get your dog to pay attention to you. Keep treats handy to give when he obeys your command. Small biscuits or little bits of cooked chicken are great for training.
  • Consistency: Being consistent with training methods will avoid confusion. Make sure your family is on board with your training techniques, so your dog does not have a bunch of different commands to try and learn.
  • Keep Him Busy: When you leave the house, make sure he has something to do. This will stop barking from boredom, as well as help improve his brain skills. A great method is using a Kong toy filled with treats or peanut butter. Exercise is also great, the more the better. A sleeping dog is a quiet one!

It is important to note that you should never punish your dog for his behavior. Always keep training upbeat and positive. With hard work and dedication, your dog will eventually learn your commands.

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