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It is natural and healthy for dogs to bark but too much barking can overwhelm and frustrate you and everyone within range of the incessant noise.
Barking is a dog’s way of communicating and many things are said in his yelping. Before you begin training, determine why your dog is barking.
Is he barking to get attention? Is he bored? Dogs are territorial and will bark when other people or animals intrude in their space, or simply to communicate that they are happy to see you.
Many dog owners will try to stop their dog from barking by patting it, picking it up or giving it food. These reward the dog and reinforce his barking habits. It is extremely important to reward your dog only when he has quieted down.
When he has learned to obey to sit, lie down or stay on cue, you will be able to use these commands to distract him from barking. You can also distract him by dropping something loud nearby, then praising him when he stops barking.
Some dogs bark because of separation anxiety; if your dog barks mostly when you are away leave him with toys and chews to keep him occupied. Make sure you are taking care of all his basic needs so he does not need to bark to get your attention for food, water or exercise.
Keeping your dog indoors will help keep him quiet as there are less distractions for him to bark at inside. If you crate train him, he will grow accustomed to settling down at night or during the day while you’re away in his crate and will be less likely to bark.
It is important not to punish your dog by harshly clamping his mouth shut or chaining or muzzling him severely. This will cause him to fear you and become anxious, which will either make the problem worse or solve it by introducing a new problem.Print this page