7 Tips to Stop Your Dog’s Barking

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Barking is pretty irritating! Few people, if any, enjoy listening to their dog’s incessant barking. Thankfully, we have some helpful tips to stop your dog’s barking.

Here are Seven Tips to Stop Your Dog’s Barking:

7. Be Consistent

Barking can’t be cute or funny sometimes (unless on command) and not okay other times.

Dogs struggle with inconsistency!

You can’t think he is funny when he barks at the doorbell on TV and then freak out when he won’t stop barking in the backyard.

You must consistently apply rules and teach him that barking is unacceptable.

6. Bring Him In

DO NOT allow him to bark outside!

I have a two bark rule.

You can bark twice to tell me that something is going on in the neighborhood, but if you continue to bark, I will track you down and drag you inside if I have to.

If you give more than two barks at the window, I will be coming for you.

Number one, I am not going to allow you to reward yourself with incessant barking.

Number two, you don’t get to bark incessantly.

Number three, if you want the privilege of being outside, looking out the window, etc., you will have to learn to control your mouth!

5. Block His View

stop dog barkingBlocking his view of distractions can be a helpful way to stop his barking.

Dogs that can see distractions are much more likely to bark at them.

So if your dog can see through the fence, I would find a way to put up a barrier so he can’t see out.

If your dog is constantly running to the window to bark, put the shades down so that he is less visually stimulated.

4. Reduce His Stress

Some dogs bark because they are stressed.

If he is stressed outside, limit his time outside.

You can also use a pheromone called “Adaptil” which has been proven to help decrease dogs’ stress levels. Adaptil comes in sprays, collars, and diffusers.

Thunder shirts and similar devices can also be effective.

Supplements like composure, solliquin, and our new product, CALMZ, can also help.

3. Quiet Place

Take him to a quiet place, which is visually distraction free.

When I talk about taking my dog away from the window when he is barking, this is often where he is destined to go for a few minutes.

In this quiet place, be it his crate or a secluded room; I often like to add some music so that my dog can’t hear the distractions.

I only need to leave my dog here long enough to change his mindset.

Dog timeouts aren’t like kid timeouts; you can’t expect your dog to feel bad about what he has done. Instead, you just need him to take enough time to forget about what he was doing.

2. Tools

There are some tools that can be used to help a dog that incessantly barks, to help the owner get some early control.

Citronella collars are effective and humane. It is critical if you use this device, which you keep on the dog 24 hours a day for several days, to keep the reservoir filled with citronella, and change batteries frequently.

Ultrasonic bark collars work on some dogs.

You can even get ultrasonic boxes that can be kept in your yard and can work on your dog and your neighbor’s dog.

1. Training

But, the best way to stop your dog’s barking, is actually to teach him to bark.

stop dog barkingThat is right, teaching your dog to bark on command gives him control of his voice and once he is in charge of his voice and bark, you can teach him how to be quiet!

And, being quiet on command is essential to living happily with your dog.

Other commands can also help.

Having a great recall means you can call your dog away from whatever he is barking at.

Stay can also help keep your dog in an environment with fewer distractions after he has been previously distracted and barking.

 

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There are 11 Comments

  1. beverly says:

    I have a chihuahua that I adopted he is always pooping and peeing in the house when I am gone, even though I let him outside before I leave. He seems to do it perpously. He is now about 7 he was 4 when we adopted him. This is why the owners got rid of him. Why does he do this and I am not gone long either.

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    Minette Reply:

    use the search bar at the top of the page to search for potty training articles.

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  2. Rita Frank says:

    I need more support with walking this new dog that I got from the humane society. She is so out of control ! I can’t figure where to begin with her!!!

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    Minette Reply:

    Use the search bar to search my articles for help on any subject or problem that you are having.

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  3. Wendy says:

    We live in an apartment. Out morkie barks every time he hears something in the outside hall. He also barks at me when I get up from my chair.

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  4. Marty says:

    I have an 11 month old black German Shepherd,/ Coyote hybrid. I got him when he was 9 months old.
    He had no former training and now knows sit, lie down, shake hands and is potty trained.
    My problem is he continues to bark at everything that moves. And he has bitten three people. He has knocked me over several times and has gotten to where he won’t listen. Going for walks is a nightmare. What can I do to save this dog??
    He was found running wild in the Black hills of South Dakota.

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  5. Harriet Detweiler says:

    I have a new, 8 week old guardian dog to live with and protect my 2 new, 3 month old, full size goats. Methods for training vary tremendously. Your techniques seem great. I am looking forward to watching your video later today.
    Do you have information on working with livestock dogs? I hope so!
    Harriet

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  6. Jana says:

    I have a great Pyrenees female 2 yrs old. Had since 8 weeks old. I use her for sheep protection. But she has flunked that part. I started out with her been with the sheep. She was kept on one side sheep on the other do to the fact she has been hit by mother ewes. I have her with me when I work or feed the sheep. This is to protect her. She had the run with the rams. She run after them then the chase her. Playing. After a time they all lay together . But when she with the lambs she chases and I can’t stop her. She is not to be trusted. Also she barks when I am in view. Why? My other pyreness a male was my bodyguard. Great with the sheep. Bark only to warn people or strange animals keep away. He died at age of 14. The female was raised with chickens and other animals. Here she wants to play in her water tank,dig holes, play with her tow rope. Very loving. Walks in leash, Is there any hope?

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    Minette Reply:

    I think keeping dogs on ropes or long lines creates aggression https://thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/create-aggressive-dog/?_ga=2.6772274.1098157897.1532357068-1109997244.1510435676

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  7. Crystal says:

    My bulldog used to be quiet and go to sleep when I left the house, but we got another bulldog that started barking when we left so my dog began the same behaviour…I just moved out with my dog and I want her to go back to her old calm behaviour but when I leave she is still barking…I bought three different bark collars to Try out….they say not to leave them alone when you first introduce them to the collar but she doesn’t bark unless I leave…any recommendations? Also, putting her in the crate does not stop the barking.

    Thank you so much for any and all help

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  8. Shirley Littleton says:

    Constant barking dogs in apts. how do they stand it. I have reported to manager. Animal Control.
    Etc. it’s morning, noon and nightExhausting!!!
    What to do! One barks…they all start! Too many animals…
    In apts…w/irresponsible owners. What can be done…NOW!

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