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Stop Barking Dog Behavior

Note: This is page 2 on how to stop barking dog behavior. For page 1, go to: Stop Dog Barking.

In order to stop dogs from barking, it is important to understand why they do it and when it is appropriate. Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Your dog gets some kind of a reward for barking or he wouldn't do it. You need to figure out the cause and remove it.

For example, they may bark to warn you that a stranger is approaching or an intruder is breaking into your home. Fear and pain are other reasons for dog barking. You may find that your dog barks to get your attention or in an attempt to intimidate you or other people.

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Whatever the reason, I'm sure we all agree that this behavior can be extremely annoying and ways need to be found to stop dogs from barking at inappropriate times. Some owners of dogs that constantly bark are reported for disturbing the peace. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to stop dogs from barking for no good reason.

Ignore Attention Getting Barking

If your dog is barking just to get attention, you should simply ignore the barking for as long as it takes for your dog to stop. Don't look at him, talk to him or touch him until he is quiet. The moment he stops barking for a second, reward him with a treat. It's important that you are consistent and ignore this type of barking every time.

If your dog is confined in a room, behind a gate, or in his crate, he may bark because he wants to be with you.

  • Turn your back and ignore him.
  • As soon as he stops barking, praise him, and reward him with a treat.
  • He'll soon catch on that being quiet gets him a treat. Start with just a couple of seconds and gradually work up to longer quiet periods.
  • Make a game of it by varying the amount of time. Sometimes reward him after 4 seconds, then 10 seconds, then 5 seconds, then 20 seconds, and so on.

Teaching Your Dog the "Quiet" Command

It may sound crazy, but to stop your dog from barking, you first need to train him to bark on command.

  • Give your dog the command to "speak." To make your dog bark hold his favorite toy out of his reach or have someone ring the door bell.  
  • Once he has barked a couple of times, place a tasty treat in front of his nose. 
  • As soon as he stops barking to sniff the treat, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat this until he starts barking as soon as you say "speak." 

Once your dog consistently barks on command, you can then teach the "quiet" command.

  • Make sure you are in a calm environment with no distractions. 
  • Tell him to "speak." When he starts barking, say "quiet" and stick a treat in front of his nose. 
  • Praise him for being quiet and reward him with the treat. 

The best way to stop barking dog behavior is to train your dog when it is appropriate for him to bark. There are several options but the best technique is the proven reward/reprimand method. This method is both humane and highly effective.

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