Managing Your Dog’s Excessive Barking
Barking is as natural as humans talking and cats meowing. So, it should not come as a surprise if your dog barks because it is his way of telling you something. Unless, of course, the barking has already turned your nights into futile attempts of getting some decent sleep or you are already receiving complaints from your neighbors.
By then, you need to realize that there must be something that you can do to control your dog’s excessive barking.
Understand Why your Dog is Barking
As in any dog training, it is important for you to have a positive mindset when approaching your dog’s barking problems. It is always best to know first the reasons as to why your dog keeps barking and barking day in and day out so you will be better equipped to handle the issue.
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. It can be because they are being protective or territorial or that they sense something is wrong. Dogs also bark out of boredom or loneliness or as a way to greet people or other animals. Barking can also be a sign that your dog is desperate for your attention or that he is very anxious about being separated from his owners or from other dogs.
Don’t Bark Yourself
Resist the temptation of yelling at your dog to stop barking and to be quiet because when you also raise your voice to make him stop, you are actually encouraging him to bark some more. Your dog believes that you are joining him in the barking spree.
It will be better for you to train your dog to respond to the word ‘quiet’. Teach him to associate the word with the cessation of his barking. Training him consistently on the use of the word will be a lot better than just shouting at him.
Consistency is a Group Effort
Always encourage other members of your household in the training of your dog by indirectly reinforcing the things you are teaching him to provide consistency for your dog. You simply do not want him get confused as to which method he should follow if different members of your household will be teaching him different things. Consistency is the key.
Eliminate the Source of his Barking
More often than not, by removing the thing that makes your dog bark, you can effectively control his incessant barking. This means that you have to be vigilant about why he suddenly erupts into a barking frenzy. Try to find out as much as you can about all the possible reasons for your dog’s barking. For example, if he gets the urge to bark because of passersby, then you can close the curtains or the glass windows of your house so he will have very minimal exposure to the source of his barking.
Let him Spend all His Energy
One of the reasons why your dog can keep barking for prolonged periods of time is that he has plenty of unused energy. Take him out for a brisk walk or spend a few minutes of spirited playtime with him. He will be too tired to even have the strength to utter a growl, much less a bark.The key to controlling your dog’s excessive barking is by training him to respond to a particular word that tells him to stop without confusing him if you were to shout. The cooperation of the whole household is also important as well as managing his unused energies.