Bark Control: Training Your Dog Not To Bark

Training your dog not to bark has many positive side effects. For one, a dog that constantly barks quickly becomes irritating, as barking interrupts the quietude many of us long for after a long day at work or school. Constant barking, moreover, is often seen as a sign of an unruly, perhaps even aggressive dog, and this can cause both children and adults to shy away from your beloved canine. Training your dog not to bark is therefore of utmost importance.

While it's not rocket science, a dog’s barking is its way of communication to the world; a dog’s barking can also mean several things. For example, a dog that is not given proper attention, or is neglected or bored, may bark as a way to get your attention. Barking can also occur when it feels threatened or senses non-pack members intruding into your house/room.

However dogs who continue to bark excessively, regardless of how much attention they get, will require more discipline. Training your dog not to constantly bark will require you to be firm and consistent. When your dog begins one of his or her nonstop tirades, firmly and loudly say “No!” until your canine stops barking. You may have to do this over and over, and you dog will gradually begin to understand what you are driving at.

Alternatively, you can use the squirt gun method where you call out the command "NO" and spray your dog with water when you catch him barking excessively. This will create an unpleasant experience for your pet as dogs do not like to get wet. Use consistently, your dog will start to associate barking as an unpleasant experience as most dogs do not like to get wet.

Also, make sure that you dissuade your dog from barking immediately. Do not wait to correct him or her after ten minutes of barking, your dog will not understand the reason for the discipline. This can or will lead to undesirable side effects, such as your loving dog becoming fearful, shy, and even afraid of you.

Another useful suggestion you can apply is when your dog barks, take your dog favorite toy and place it in its mouth. With your dog needing to bite on it (they cannot bark with its mouth closed), it will muffle the barking.

After your dog has stopped barking, reward him or her with a treat. This way, your dog will equate quietness with yummy treats and will therefore cease barking so much. No matter what you are training your dog to do, consistency and positive reinforcement are two of the most effective methods to training your dog not to bark success.

If necessary, anti-dog barking collars can also further help curb a dog’s incessant barking. Some of these collars release a harmless, nontoxic smell that your dog does not encounter on a regular basis. As a result, your dog will become distracted and cease barking. Other anti-barking collars deliver a minor shock to your dog whenever constant barking occurs. There is no need to worry, though: these shocks are not strong enough to do any physical damage to your canine, whether immediate or long-term, and will only serve to further prevent a dog from overactive barking.

Without a constantly barking dog, you will find your relationship with your canine to grow more lovingly and affectionate. None of us like a dog that continuously yaps and yaps and one that does will become frustrating and can bring out the worst in us. So, instead of formulating a negative relationship with your canine, take some proactive measures and start training your dog not to bark so much!

Training Your Dog Not To Bark

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