How To Deal With Excessive Barking

Dogs bark as a form of communication but also a form of expression. However some bark more than others, and if your dog barks way too much and way too often, it can become a stressful problem. You could be having unhappy neighbors giving you nasty looks or verbal abuse, you could have trouble sleeping because of excessive barking and you could get mentally tired as well. A sad reality is that a lot of dog owners give up their pets if they bark excessively, but this doesn’t have to be the only solution. Let us analyze some of the reasons some dogs bark and look at some tips to help them stop barking too much.

Why Dogs Bark

There are several reasons why a dog likes to bark, so let’s list a few of them. Dogs can bark out of boredom, they’re in need of attention, they spotted something they interpret as a threat and want to warn you, they feel a lack of communication, they’re afraid or lonely. Some will even bark because they really enjoy doing it and find it entertaining.

How To Keep The Barking Under Control

What you need to do to keep this under control is not to allow this to become a habit early on. As soon as the dog is part of your household, you need to take some time to teach them that some behaviors are good and others are bad. Some are acceptable and some aren’t acceptable. By using vocal commands like “No Barking” or even “Stop” when they bark, your dog will learn that it bothers you when he does that excessively. When they stop barking because of your command, praise them for listening to you – this will show them that they’ve done good, and will remember the next time you give them that vocal command. Use a firm voice when using this command, but make sure it is not an angry or unfriendly tone, as your dog can sense that and become disillusioned or depressed. You can also reward him with a treat when he obeys to further establish the fact that he did well in stopping after you command.

Praise Your Dog

When you are very positive with your dog is when they learn the fastest. Every time your dog does something well, praise them vocally, pet them, give them treats. As soon as they bark too much or do something wrong, tell them to stop, and again praise them when they do. This type of positive reinforcement is key to a good relationship between human and dog, and it will make your bond even stronger.

Be careful however to not accidentally praise unwanted behavior. Some people feel the need to pet and stroke the dog when he is barking in an attempt to calm him down, but this will actually tell the dog you are rewarding that behavior, so they’ll actually be more encouraged to bark.

It’s important to understand how to properly teach good behavior and how to stop the bad.  By using these simple tips you’re well on your way to better control your dog’s behavior and make both your lives a lot easier.

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