Can You Teach Your Dog To Stop Barking?

Teach Your Dog To Stop Barking — Removing Motivation

One of the best ways you can teach your dog to stop barking is by removing the motivation that prompts them to bark in the first place. If you have problems with your pooch barking at the doorbell or passersby, we can help!

Some of these training techniques require you to have an idea as to why your dog barks. We can help you get some insight into what is behind the bark.

Always remember to keep these tips in mind while training:

  • Don’t yell at your dog to be quiet—it just sounds like you’re barking along with him.
  • Keep your training sessions positive and upbeat.
  • Be consistent so you don’t confuse your dog. Everyone in your family must apply the training methods every time your dog barks inappropriately. You can’t let your dog get away with inappropriate barking some times and not others.

Remove the motivation

Your dog gets some kind of reward when he barks. Otherwise, he wouldn’t do it. Figure out what he gets out of barking and remove it. Don’t give your dog the opportunity to continue the barking behavior.

Example: barking at passersby

  • If he barks at people or animals passing by the living room window, manage his behavior by closing the curtains or putting your dog in another room.
  • If he barks at passersby when he’s in the yard, bring him into the house. Never leave your dog outside unsupervised all day and night.

– via www.humanesociety.org

How to stop dog barking

Looking for a few ways to stop your dog from barking all the time? Here are a few tips from the dog whisperer himself, Cesar Milan.

There are several ways to stop excessive dog barking. You can take a variety of actions, so consider the ones you can be consistent in applying and you’ll increase your odds of success.

Gently closing your dog’s mouth.

If you have a dog that will bark and ‘sport’ at people or other animals a head halter, such as a Gentle Leader that enables you to close his mouth and guide him into an acceptable behavior is a big advantage.

Introduce the halter so your dog accepts it willingly and, when an unwanted bark happens, lift the leash so the dog’s mouth closes and he is guided into a sit.

Now move again and change your direction creating attention to you as you move elsewhere. So, we stop dog barking, we gain attention and we redirect to an acceptable behavior in one simple step.

Have your dog bring you a present.

Another way to keep your dog’s mouth closed is to encourage her to bring a “present” to you, a guest, or someone in your home; or to simply to encourage him to enjoy carrying objects.

Dogs that enjoy retrieving will often pick up a toy and carry it around just to show their pleasure. Naturally dogs cannot bark when they are holding a toy.

But be careful not to give the toy when dog barking is in progress or the dog could mistake the toy as a reward for barking.

– via Cesar’s Way

Have you tried to teach your dog to stop barking in the past? Did you run into any problems?

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