The first thing you need to know is that you should never expect a dog to totally stop barking. That would be like demanding a baby to stop crying. Barking is as natural to a dog as crying is to a baby. But there are instances when a dog can bark too excessively to the point that he is beginning to cause some disturbance in your household. To get your dog to stop barking, you must first get around to knowing why he is barking.
Why Your Dog Barks
Barking is one way dogs communicate with other dogs and their human owners, and a bark can mean different things depending on the context and the situation. The following are some reasons why they bark:
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• They’re being protective or territorial. If a strange person or animal enters an area that your dog considers as his territory, he will bark excessively to frighten away the said stranger.
• They’re scared or surprised by something. If something startles or scares him, your dog can also bark loudly in their attempt to express their alarm or fear.
• They feel lonely or bored. If you leave your dog alone for too long, he can get bored or lonely. Barking will then be his way of catching your attention.
• It’s their way of greeting people and other animals. It will be a happy bark accompanied by a wagging of the tail and even some jumping.
How to Treat Excessive Barking
1. You can simply ignore the barking and allow it to go away on its own. Don’t give your dog any kind of attention while he is still barking. When he quiets down, only then should you notice him and give him a treat. If you do this often enough, your dog will take this as a cue that being quiet will earn him more treats than being noisy.
2. Familiarize your dog with the stimulus that causes him to bark. For instance, if it’s a friend or his dog, have them visit you often enough so your dogs grows familiar to their presence.
3. Teach him the “quiet” dog command. Before you can do this, you must first teach him to bark on command. Command him to “speak,” and then after he has barked for a few seconds, tell him to “be quiet” and then give him a reward after. This technique will teach your dog to bark and to quiet down at just a few words from you.
4. Keep your dog physically active and mentally alert every day. A physically tired dog is much less likely to bark excessively out of frustration or boredom. You can take him on long walks around your neighborhood or play some games with him such as fetching a ball or stick and the like.
After training your dog not to bark excessively, you must then look after his security. You can do this by making him wear a GPS pet tracker that tracks his location and monitors his physical activity and vital stats.