Tips to Stop Dog Barking

stop dog barking

Many of the behaviors dog owners consider to be undesired are actually completely natural for dogs. Dogs naturally bark when they are excited or scared, so it is not a behavior that you should try to repress entirely. Rather, try to teach your dog when it is appropriate to bark, and reward him for being quiet.

Stop Dog Barking Tips

  • All dogs bark. Before you try to stop your dog from barking entirely, it is important to realize that all dogs bark  it is just a fact of life.
  • You can modify or correct your dog’s barking behavior. Just because you can’t teach your dog never to bark, you can modify his excessive barking behavior or teach him to stop barking on command.
  • Understand why your dog is barking. Although dogs sometimes bark out of boredom, it is most often a response to a perceived threat. When another animal or person enters the dog’s perceived territory, he may bark as a warning.
  • Remove temptations/triggers. If your dog’s excessive barking is triggered by his seeing other dogs walk past the house or into the yard, close the blinds so your dog can’t see out the front window.
  • Distract your dog to get him to stop. Making a loud noise or throwing a toy to get your dog’s attention may be effective as a temporary means of getting him to stop barking.
  • Do not keep your dog confined for too long. Many people who have trouble with dogs that bark excessively are those who keep their dogs outside all day long. Dogs require human interaction, and if they don’t get it, they may develop problem behaviors.
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise. Dogs that do not receive enough exercise throughout the day may become bored or hyperactive, which could also lead to excessive barking or other problem behaviors.
  • Do not yell at your dog for barking. Not only is this an ineffective method of getting your dog to be quiet, but also it doesn’t do anything to solve the problem itself. Your dog will simply start barking again later.
  • Teach your dog to bark on command. Find something that excites your dog to the point that he begins barking, and just before initiating the trigger, use a command phrase, such as, “Speak.” When your dog barks, give him a reward. Repeat the training sequence until your dog begins responding to the command rather than the trigger.
  • Teach your dog to stop barking on command. Once you’ve taught your dog a “speak” command, you can incorporate a “hush” command. When your dog is barking, use the “hush” command in a calm tone, and reward your dog as soon as he stops barking.

The Bottom Line

If you want to teach your dog to stop barking, you first have to teach him to bark on command. Once your dog learns to respond to a “speak” command, you can then teach him the “off” or “hush” command. It takes time and patience but using the tips above you will soon stop your German Shepherd dog barking and it will make him a lot calmer too!

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