Dog Training

How to Make Your Barking Dog Stop? 

»Posted by on Apr 16, 2021 in Dog Training | 0 comments

Take note that barking is normal. It is a vital way for dogs to communicate. However, there are times when issues can emerge and get worse. As the leader of the pack, it is your responsibility to do something to control excessive barking. Listed below are helpful tips to help you prevent experiencing the nuisance that comes with barking for good.  

 

Challenge your dogs physically and mentally to stop their barking habit 

Most of the time, excessive barking happens when there’s pent-up energy. If that’s the underlying reason behind your dog’s barking, find ways to release such energy more productively. Do you walk your dog every day? Can you make the walk more difficult by walking on an incline, carrying a backpack, or riding with a bicycle? Can you give more mental challenges like simple obedience games, agility training, or herding? There are several ways you can do to make the life of your dogs more challenging. Look for one activity that you like doing that your dogs can safely participate in as well. 

Be firm to stop the barking 

Is your dog barking all over again at a similar place, situation, person, or object? If so, you have to do something and own that stimulus. Use your calm-assertive energy, your mind, and your body to make an invisible wall that your dogs are not allowed to cross. Do so with 100 percent focus and dedication, and the outcomes may surprise you.   

Be calm while trying to prevent them from barking 

It can be irritating to hear constant barking. However, you cannot stop dog barking if you’re frustrated. If their leaders are unbalanced, animals tend to not follow their lead. Your dog will mirror the energy you give to them. Meaning, when you get frustrated, they will be frustrated at the same time. Moreover, barking is one of their ways to release that frustrated energy. Before you teach them something, make sure that you take some time to curb your conflict first.  

Correct this problematic behavior of your dog and follow-through 

You can tell your dog to stop barking with the help of a physical, a sound, and a look correction. However, never stop there because there are instances where dogs stop may pause barking and then get back to what he was doing. Though your dog’s body is relaxed, its brain was still on alert. If that’s the case, being patient is key. Wait until your dog can submit before going back to what you’re doing.  

Ignore the barking 

When you think that your dog barks to get your attention, make sure to ignore them as long as possible so that they’ll stop. Do not look at them, do not touch them, and do not talk to them either. Once they become quiet or when they take a breather, reward them with a delicious treat. It’s important to be patient with this to be successful and to finally stop them from barking a lot.  

 

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