Do 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.
Socializing 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!
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.
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.
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.