How to stop a dog from barking
Many people complain about their dogs barking and more often than not about their neighbor’s dog barking. While this behavior is normal for dogs since it represents a form of communication, sometimes problems can occur, so you’ll need to learn how to stop your dog from barking, in order to maintain good relationships with the people around you.
First thing you should do is to analyze the reason why your dog is barking. As you’ll find in the article Why do dogs bark? posted on our blog, there are 5 types of barking:
- Warning – used by dogs to defend an area;
- Playfulness – you hear it when your pup is happy;
- Boredom – dogs tend to speak to themselves when they are bored;
- Attention seeking – a way for your dog to attract your attention towards him;
- Directed towards other dogs – which can even lead your furry-friend to try and get out of your yard in order to chase other dogs. This is the reason why you should have tall fences surrounding your yard and it should be equipped with products found on our website so that your four-legged-friend won’t be able to dig his way out in order to chase other dogs.
Once you’ve determined why your dog is barking, you can try and control the behavior. Cesar Millan, a renowned dog expert says that you need to follow the next tips in order to be successful:
- Correct the problem and always follow through – for example, when you tell your dog to stop barking, use a look, or a specific sound, or even a physical correction, like a jolt. You’ll notice that after a while, your pup will learn to stop barking when confronted with that signal, but after a short period of time, he’ll start barking again. So you’ll need to be patient and continue to use the bark-stopping-signal until you manage to divert his attention from barking to something else and you see him completely relaxed.
- Always stay calm when trying to stop a dog from barking. We know that excessive barking is irritating, but you won’t be able to correct your furry-friend’s behavior if you are annoyed. By yelling at him, you’ll only encourage your dog to bark even louder. So you’ll need to be calm and use the bark-stopping-signal, in order to make him stop barking.
- If you notice that something in your household is making your dog bark, like the vacuum cleaner, or the lawnmower, try and remove that potential source of barking out of your pet’s sight, so that he’ll feel more relaxed inside the house.
- Never let your pup bark-it-out outside of your house, regardless the reason. Some dog owners consider that by letting their furry-friend bark their lungs out in the yard, the dog will get tired of hearing his own voice and he’ll stop barking. Well, that might be the case, but first of all, you’ll turn your neighbors into enemies and secondly, by doing so you’ll never manage to control Doggo behavior, because he’ll know that in the yard he’s free to do what he wants, for as long as he wants.
- If none of these tips work and you simply cannot make your dog stop barking, get professional help, because sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to change your pup’s behavior on your own.
So there you have it: five tips that will eventually help you get rid of excessive barking.