Dogs bark it is in there nature to bark, expecting them to not bark is not reasonable. It is the most basic form of communication.
Most commonly they bark as a sign of warning, to protect and when they are excited.
Excessive barking indicates something not balanced, so the dog’s needs are not fulfilled. By barking dog shows something is wrong.
Barking is not the problem excessive barking is, it is important to stop excessive barking it is not good for dog’s psychological health it’s frustrating and dog can be restless all the time which will invite other psychological problems.
To control excessive barking first understand the reasons behind it. There is no magic to stop your dog from barking it takes time. Also understand that some breeds barks more than others and they are bit more difficult to train.
There can be many reason to bark but generally there are four main reasons for excessive barking :
- Territorial or defensive barking
- To get your attention
- Barking in response to other dogs
- Separation anxiety
How to Treat Excessive Barking
It won’t happen overnight, but with proper techniques and consistency, you can see improvements.
Here are a few tips:
- Don’t shout, it makes them bark more, they may stop now but all they want is you to know why they are barking and by shouting you confirms that. It stimulates your dog to bark more. Speak calmly & say N0, but don’t yell and your dog should understand meaning of No then only you can successfully make him understand what you want.
- Most dogs don’t know what you want when you’re yelling at them to “shut up.” So instead of using sentences train your dog to understand the words like “quite” “no” “stop” dont make it complicated by yelling lots of words focus of teaching keywords.
- Long walk or run helps, play fetch. Tired dog is a calm dog. If nothing helps this will surely do.
- Try to stop excessive barking immediately don’t wait to go away of its own, don’t allow problems to go on and on. The longer you wait more ingrained it will become.
- Consistency is the key so you don’t confuse your dog. Everyone in your family must know the training methods and apply every time your dog barks inappropriately. Barking is addictive it can also makes dog aggressive.
- Your attention is rewarding for him it encourages him to bark more. Ignore him as much as you can don’t even look at him. When he quiets, reward him with a treat. If he barks for two hours and you finally get so frustrated that you yell at him to be quiet, the next time he will probably bark for three hours. He learns that if he just barks long enough he will get your attention.
- Don’t encourage your dog to bark at strangers
- Don’t use inconsistent rules.
- Don’t punish your dog if the barking is due to fright or separation anxiety.
- Don’t use a muzzle
Please note if the situation is getting uncontrollable please seek the advice of a Dog Behaviorist, or a Professional Dog Trainer.