We all love our dogs dearly, but their barking can become annoying. Barking is their way of speaking and communicating with the world.
Although, teaching them to control it is sometimes necessary. There are many ways to stop dog barking, but is important to remember that each dog learns in a different way, and not all of these tips will work for your dog.
Best Ways to Stop the Constant Barking
One of the first things you should do is try to understand why they are barking.
Is your dog wanting food or water? Are they hurt or sick? Are they trying to tell you something?
These are all questions you should ask before you begin training your dog. If they are hungry, for example, feeding them would likely fix the problem.
Although, if they are just barking at someone walking down the sidewalk, you can train them to stop using the tactics below.
Here are three simple ways to stop your dog from barking. It may take time and effort on your part, but I’m sure you’ll be glad you did it once your dog is well trained.
You may also need to try multiple different approaches in order to find a way that works well with both you and your dog.
Teach Them with Treats
This is one of the simplest ways to train your dog. This tactic has been used for all sorts of things.
These things can include teaching your dog to pee outside or sit on command. Though, it is still a viable option to teach your dog not to bark so much.
There are two different approaches you can take.
Both ways involve a small, easy to eat treat that your dog loves.
The first approach is to give a verbal warning, such as “no,” “stop,” or “hush.” Once they stop barking, you give them a treat, then praise them for listening to you.
The second approach is to simply stand there until they stop barking. Once they stop, you give them the treat and praise them.
Once you have one of these approaches down, start increasing the amount of time they have to wait. For example, wait 30 seconds after they stop barking to reward them.
If your dog begins barking again while waiting, restart the process.
The most important aspect of this approach is to be consistent. You must stick with this approach for a while before your dog will learn to stop barking on command.
Invest in a Dog Bark Collar
Bark collars are one of the most hands-off approaches you can take. Bark collars work by detecting when your dog is barking, then they give a safe but annoying shock.
This helps teach your dog that when they bark, they will be met with an unpleasant sensation.
Bark collars aren’t “one-size-fits-all.” There are a couple different types of bark collars currently on the market, so you should consider both and choose which you believe is best. Here’s a good resource to help give you more information about bark collars if you decide to go this route.
The first type is an electronic bark collar.
These collars are pretty interesting. They have an automatic safety shut off. This will help if your dog is barking for a good reason, like someone breaking in. If they bark for a long amount of time, the collar will stop shocking them.
This collar comes in the form of a small box that you attach to your dog’s collar. It senses the vibration in their throat when they bark, then gives them a little shock.
The second is a spray bark collar.
This type of collar works by spraying your dog with a little burst of water or air when they bark. This works by startling the dog, which causes them to stop barking.
Give Your Dog Plenty of Exercise
Dogs are more likely to react to things by barking when they’re excited and hyper. Allowing your dog to exercise regularly will not only keep them healthy, but they’ll also be tired and less likely to bark.
Just like humans, dogs will do things simply because they are bored. I’m sure you’ve heard about people eating because they’re bored. Dogs will sometimes bark or whine because they are bored or frustrated.
If you have a large breed dog, he may need multiple walks a day. You could switch this for play time if you don’t want to walk. You can also look into taking them to a dog park. If walks and dog parks don’t sound like fun to you then you can check out this list of fun ways to exercise your dog.
Dog parks allow your dog to be social and get some exercise, while you can just read a book, play a game, or text your friends.
If you are a busy body and not home most of the day, consider dog walkers. There are many services that offer individuals to come to your home and walk or play with your dog.
You can also always ask a family member or friend to do the same thing.
Summer is coming to a close, but sidewalks may still be hot. Remember that your dog’s paws can get burnt on the pavement during walks.
The best way to avoid this is to walk your dog early in the mornings or in the afternoons after it has cooled down a bit.
Training your dog will take time and effort on your part, so don’t give up!
The best plan of action is to try each of these approaches for about a week. If you see no improvement, you can move on to the next technique.
Rinse and repeat until you find the one that works best for you.
If you stick with it, your dog will be an obedient and quiet dog in no time!