The Top 5 Reason’s Your Dog is Not Quiet When You Tell Him to Be
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Another one of the big problems I get is that people’s dogs BARK, what seems to them like all the time!
So what are the main reason’s your dog is barking and not listening to you when you tell him to be quiet?
#5. Barking is a Natural Instinct
Barking is how dogs communicate.
When they are not directly in front of each other (to read each other’s body language), dogs communicate using their voices.
They tell us that they don’t like being in the crate.
They tell us they don’t like being left alone.
They tell us when they want to go outside or come inside.
They alert us when they hear or see something they don’t trust or understand.
Barking is a basic instinctual behavior for dogs, and something that most of them do at some point in time.
#4. He’s Bored & Barking is Fun
We stick them outside for long periods of time and they like hearing their own voices.
He is bored so he barks to break the monotony of life.
Or he barks and engages the other dogs in the neighborhood with barking or “chatting”.
He barks in his crate to entertain himself.
Barking can be fun for some dogs, kind of like some people like hearing themselves talk!
#3. Sometimes You or Someone Else or Both Reward Him
Most of the time people want their puppies to bark. I don’t know how many times people come to me worried that their puppies are not barking. However it is a behavior that usually develops as they age.
So often these people really, really reward it when they begin hearing it.
So the dog starts barking more often.
Also, people often think it’s funny. The dog barks at the doorbell on the TV and they rewind the TV and play it again and again and laugh and carry on, which rewards the behavior.
If it is instinctual AND you think it’s funny and reward it; he is definitely going to do it!
AND, sometimes he thinks he rewards himself.
He sees the mailman, barks and throws a fit, and the mailman leaves!! BONUS!!! Even though he didn’t scare the mailman away, he thinks he did!
So he doesn’t really understand why the next time when someone is standing on your sidewalk and he barks and nearly hurls himself through the window threatening them why it is not working. This only makes him more frustrated and more aggressive.
And, any reinforcement of people leaving whenever he barks makes the behavior much worse!
#2. You Don’t Work on Regular Training
I list this as a big problem in most of my blogs, but it is because it is true.
Like exercise alleviates a lot of behavior problems, so does regular training.
And, even when your dog is naughty (and he will be) when you give him a command, he is likely to listen to you because it becomes a habit.
If you are not regularly working on basic obedience he is getting use to ignoring you and not needing to work for the things that he has in his life.
It is much better to have your commands become like a habit, something he listens to automatically, than something he ignores automatically.
Regular basic dog obedience is the cure to so many evils!
Don’t believe it, try it for 4 weeks and try to prove me wrong 😉
#1 You Have Never Taught Him to Control Himself
Have you ever taught him urge control and how to be quiet?
Most of the time the people with these dogs have literally no control of their dog or the situation and that is the problem.
They scream and yell and their dog actually thinks they are barking too!
It is as if the yelling is reaffirming their barking behavior.
The owner gets frustrated and allows the dog to continue to bark and hurl himself at the window, and the dog thinks this is what the owner wants and the owner gets more and more infuriated.
Instead the dog owner needs to learn to be in control of his/her dog’s mouth.
If you can tell your dog WHEN to bark, you can also tell your dog when NOT TO bark!!
Again, it is a part of obedience, if your dog is use to listening to you you teach him how to bark and how to be quiet, then chances are he will listen to you!
For more on teaching your dog to bark and be quiet read this article here.
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I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.