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Stop my dog from barking

Stop My Dog From Barking!

stop my dog from barkingDo you have a dog that barks excessively? Someone walks by your house and the barking continues until the person is out of sight. You are probably thinking, Stop my dog from barking! You will need to teach your dog when to not bark.

Exposing your dog or puppy to different environments, including people and other dogs will give your dog an opportunity to discover things that are unfamiliar. Dogs will bark at things that are unfamiliar to them.

Barking is a dog’s natural way of communicating, so dogs bark for many reasons including fear and anxiety, boredom, to alert you that someone or something is coming, or they might just want to play.


3 Things You Need

To stop any bad behaviors that your dog has developed, you will need to take your time, be patient, and be consistent. Without these 3 things you will not be successful in changing your dog’s behavior. Bad behavior does not develop overnight, so it will take time to correct the bad behavior.


Stop Excessive Barking

When your dog is barking excessively, don’t yell at your dog. Barking at your dog will only cause more barking from your dog. Remain calm and use a stern voice to say “quiet” and look your dog in their eyes when giving commands if possible.

Some dogs naturally have lots of energy and need more exercise than other dogs. If you exercise your dog you can remove that energy and they will be less likely to bark.

First, exercise your dog by taking a walk, playing fetch, or anything you and your dog like to do to release your dog’s energy. When the physical energy has been released, then it’s time to release the mental energy.

Have a  training session with your dog to release mental energy. Practice commands that your dog will respond to or go through an agility course or you can also teach your dog a new command.

Once the physical and mental energy is released, your dog should be in a calm state. Mission accomplished! Now you can give your dog affection to reward your dog while they are calm.


Be Social

dog on leashSocializing your dog or puppy is important, as sometimes excessive barking comes from dogs that aren’t socialized. Dogs need to be exposed to different environments, people, and animals.

Take your dog for a walk and your dog will receive exposure to different environments and you might encounter other dogs and people. If your dog remains calm, then you can allow them to meet other dogs and people.

Take your dog to a dog park. They will get to be around other people and other dogs. Your dog will get exercise and benefit from the socialization. Younger dogs can learn a lot from older dogs too.

For an adult dog that has not be socialized, begin by walking your dog around the outside of the fence at the dog park, allowing them to see and smell the other dogs. Allow your dog ample time to discover new environments and be patient!


Alert Barking

When someone knocks on your door, does your dog bark? That’s an alert bark, someone is at the door. Allow your dog to bark two or three times to warn us of an intruder, then say “quiet”. Offer a treat if your dog stops barking. If this doesn’t work, try the next method below.

Place a treat in front of your dog’s nose while they are barking. Offer a special treat like a piece of chicken, something your dog doesn’t usually get for a treat. When the barking stops, say “quiet”. Wait a few seconds and if the barking does not continue, give them the treat and praise them. You can repeat this method as often as necessary. Remember to say “quiet” when your dog stops barking.


Medical Condition

If excessive barking begins suddenly, contact your veterinarian as your dog may have a  medical issue that needs immediate attention. It could be a bite or sting that needs treatment. It could be something more serious, don’t wait.


Behavioral specialist

You may need to see a dog behavioral specialist or dog trainer. Begin by asking family and friends for a referral. You can also talk to your veterinarian and ask for a referral, if needed.


How did you get your dog to stop barking excessively? Leave a comment below and share your story. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this information. I particularly like waving the treat in front of their nose when barking. I actually can picture this working. Our Great Dane will be sound asleep and then out of nowhere gets up and runs to the window and barks non-stop. (It’s just somebody walking by with their dog) I will pet her and tell her no. This makes the barking turn into low growls. But much more quieter. Anyways, thanks again for the ideas

    • Alice

      June 26, 2016 at 12:48 am

      Thanks for the comment! I could picture your Great Dane running to the window when I read your comment. My dog will go into the low growls also when I tell her no barking. She wags her tail with the low growl. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. At the beginning I though that my dog barked too much. when he escaped in the evening – and he didn’t respond yet to my calls to come in – he barked away the whole night and I got fairly angry about that. Then I began to inquire and I found out that he always had a reason to bark: or a hedgehog, a frog, a foreign cat or dog or bigger animals like wild pigs were in our territory. And isn’t that one of the reasons why we have a dog? To tell us when an “enemy” is coming?

    My dog Lucky is much better now. She only barks when we ride in the car and she sees other dogs, bicycles or tractors in the street. We had several lessons with a dog educator during the year and it was a great benefit. Not only for the dog, but also for us, because we now know much better how to handle the dog.

    • Alice

      August 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Most behavioral problems start with the owner and not the dog. You made a smart decision to seek help with a specialist that could teach you how to handle your dog. Dog’s do like to bark and alert us to someone or something coming our way. I’m glad you got the barking under control!

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