Here’s a list of six techniques that can help prevent your dog from barking. While all can be successful, you shouldn’t expect miraculous results overnight. The longer your dog has been practicing the barking behavior, the longer it will take for them to develop other means of communication. Some of these training techniques require you to have an idea as to why your dog barks.
Sign up to receive our exclusive e-book full of training techniques, problem-solving and important information about caring for your pet. If you believe your dog is barking to get your attention, ignore them for as long as it takes for them to stop.
When you put your dog in their crate or in a gated room, turn your back and ignore them. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats.
You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things (treats)! Stop feeding treats as soon as your friend and their dog disappear from view. Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day.
Depending on their breed, age and health, your dog may require several long walks as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with some interactive toys .
Why do dogs bark at certain people?
Dogs may bark at certain people because the individual mistreated the dog in the past or they look like or smell like someone who mistreated them. It could also be that your dog finds the person’s body language or tone of voice to be threatening. … It could be because the dog is excited to see the person.
How do I get my dog to stop barking at people?
If he starts to bark at the noise, ignore him too. If he ignores the bell too, give him a treat and praise him. If your pup barks at the doorbell or knock on the door, continue to ignore him. Keep doing this on a daily basis for at least two weeks or until your pup no longer barks when someone comes to the door.
No one should expect a dog to never bark. Thats as unreasonable as expecting a child to never talk. But some dogs bark excessively. If thats a problem in your home, the first step is figuring out what causes your dog to bark too much. Once you know why they are barking, you can start to treat their barking problem.
Territorial/Protective : When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers their territory, that often triggers excessive barking. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.
Take a long walk or run, play ball or take a trip to the dog park before leaving. Some medical problems can cause excessive barking, from bee stings to brain disease to ongoing pain. Continued Once you know why your dog is barking, you can start working on ways to decrease their annoying habit:
Territorial/Protective/Alarm/Fear : Because this type of barking is often motivated by fear or a perceived threat to their territory or people, it can be lessened by limiting what your dog sees. Bringing an outdoor dog inside will lessen the noise impact on neighbors, and provide extra security for your home. You also can drop your pet off at doggie daycare two or three days a week, or take up agility, obedience, or another active form of dog training.
Greeting/Play : To stop a dog from going into a barking frenzy every time you come home or the doorbell rings, youll need to teach them other behaviors. Bang the water dish before filling it, and maybe theyll start pushing it with their nose to make the same noise. Dogs with these problems often need drug therapy to help them cope while learning new, more acceptable behaviors.
Never use a muzzle or other means of constraint to keep a dog quiet for long periods or when they arent supervised.
Sometimes having a dog that barks when a stranger approach our home is exactly what we want. But what if we actually dont need a guard dog? Or our dog wont stop barking at people we invited inside?
He might be fearful of strangers, protective of his home, or he may just have general anxiety that comes out as reactivity when something weird happens. Understanding the underlying emotion can help us change the behavior (barking) that happens as a result!
By the time your dog starts barking at people, he has probably shown other signs that hes feeling nervous. If you can learn to recognize the precursors to a reactive outburst, this will help you work on managing and changing the behavior! If your dog does any of these when he sees a person, curbing the barking might be as simple as moving him away or distracting him with a treat.
Look out for other signs of stress and anxiety and make sure your dog is calm and content in most other scenarios. Take your dog on long walks in nature where he is allowed to sniff and explore. Desensitization is the process of slowly introducing your dog to a trigger in order to change how he feels about it.
The most common problem people run into here is that they try to move too fast or add too many steps at once. Enlist a helpful friend or neighbor to stand at your door so you can reward your dog for being calm when a person is right outside. Gradually progress to the person taking a step inside and leaving immediately.
Dont be afraid to put your dog away with a chew toy behind a baby gate, exercise pen, or even in another room. Teach him that its a happy place for him to go when others are present, and make sure your guests know not to interact with your dog when he is on his bed . If your dog barks at strangers or guests, you might think the solution is to teach him to focus on you or correct him anytime he looks at a person.
Instead, you can teach your dog the Look at That game pioneered by Leslie McDevvitt in her Control Unleashed series. This is a great game to play to work on your dog barking out in your yard. When your dog gets really good at this game, try waiting a few seconds after he notices the person before rewarding.
Now weve created a dog that automatically looks at you when he sees a person instead of barking!
Strangers are scary. Many humans don’t enjoy meeting new people, but they don’t (typically) yell it down the street. So, why do some dogs insist on raising their voices at strangers? Here are the top reasons why your dog won’t quit yapping at your pizza deliverers or dating-app conquests:
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Ignore the barking
Your dog gets some kind of reward when they bark. Otherwise, they wouldn’t do it. Figure out what they get out of barking and remove it. Don’t give your dog the opportunity to continue the barking behavior.
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Ask your dog for an incompatible behavior
Gradually get your dog accustomed to whatever is causing them to bark. Start with the stimulus (the thing that makes them bark) at a distance. It must be far enough away that they don’t bark when they see it. Feed them lots of good treats. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If the stimulus moves out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things (treats)!
Keep your dog tired
Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is a good dog and one who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration. Depending on their breed, age and health, your dog may require several long walks as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with some interactive toys.
Why Dogs Bark
Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. Here are some reasons why dogs bark:
How to Treat Excessive Barking
Getting your dog to bark less will take time, work, practice, and consistency. It won’t happen overnight, but with proper techniques and time, you can see progress.
Here are a few tips to remember as you start your efforts to control your dog’s barking.Here are two methods:When your dog is barking, say “Quiet” in a calm, firm voice. Wait until they stop barking, even if it’s just to take a breath, then praise them and give them a treat. Just be careful to never reward them while they are barking. Eventually they will figure out that if they stop barking at the word “quiet” they get a treat (and make it a delicious treat, such as chicken, to make it worth more than the barking.)Alternatively, you can teach your dog to “speak; once they are doing that reliably, signal them to stop barking with a different command, such as “quiet”, while holding your finger to your lips (dogs often pick up body signals faster than voice commands.) Practice these commands when they are calm, and in time they should learn to stop barking at your command, even when they want to bark at something.
Learn to Read Your Dog
Reactivity is a multi-step behavior.If you can learn to recognize the precursors to a reactive outburst, this will help you work on managing and changing the behavior!
Is My Dog Always Anxious?
If your dog does any of these when he sees a person, curbing the barking might be as simple as moving him away or distracting him with a treat.
Give Your Dog a Place to Relax
What is the most triggering part of having a guest enter your home? Is it the doorbell or a knock? You opening the door and greeting the person? Or the actual person entering the room?Incremental progress will end up being faster in the long run, I promise.Eventually, you can combine all these variables, but start with small pieces at first.Every dog has a threshold at which they will start to react. Figure out where your dog’s threshold is (watch out for the precursor behaviors listed above!) and start by introducing him to things that don’t make him bark. Slowly build up the challenge as your dog learns that strangers are not scary.