Whether it's woof, woof, woof or yap, yap, yap, a dog that barks too much can be a bother to you and your neighbors.
Besides scaring small children, threatening the post man and putting a damper on relationships, a barking dog can cause many problems. While he's not romping through back yards, he is promoting the impression of poor ownership when in reality that may not be the case. Here are some suggestions on how to stop your dog from barking before his vocal cords are clipped.
Why Does My Dog Bark?
Before locking your pet in a cage or chaining them up in the garage, it's important to know why they feel the need to bark at everything that moves. They could be using their bark to scare off unfamiliar animals or people, they could be demanding attention, they may even be doing it out of insecurity and loneliness.
Common Breeds that Bark:
- Miniature Pinscher
- German Shepherd
Breeds that Don't Bark:
- Great Dane
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Irish Setter
How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking
1. Remove the motivation to bark.
If a dog always barks when he's outside, let him out quickly and take him back in right away when he gets riled up. If he barks at people outside, shut the blinds. He might not catch on right away, but with consistent reprimands and diligent deterrence removing motivational factors to bark will encourage your dog to quite down.
2. Teach your dog the “quiet” command
The first step to teaching your dog the “quiet” command is to teach him how to speak. Once he knows how to use his voice on command, he will also know how to become quiet on command. To reinforce good behavior use toys or treats. The “quiet” command could be a hand gesture or the blink of an eye, but when your dog starts barking make sure to raise the signal.
A lot of times, when dogs have pent up anger or anxiety, they bark to release it. If this sounds like your pet, make sure he or she is getting the right amount of exercise on a daily basis. Take him for a walk or play ball in the field. Whatever you do, make it active and engaging as barking dogs can be starved for stimulation.