So, how do I go about teaching a dog to stop barking?A dog's barking can drive even the most devoted dog lover close to committing dogicide. It grates at you to the nth degree. So, rather than resort to murdering your dog, your going to need to understand her if you're ever going to have any success with teaching your dog to stop barking.
Understand what? Barking is barking- isn't it? Well yes, but dog's and puppy's bark for three main reasons:
This is when the excessive barker enters the picture:
This dog is on guard 24-7. Nothing gets past his radar. Every noise, from cars to leaves in the wind is furiously barked at. He's on sentry duty; patrolling the yard, windows and doors. Get anywhere near his territory and you're in for a real earful. This dog often perceives itself to be the dominant force in the household, and that you're subservient to him.
How quickly and easily you change this behaviour depends upon how ingrained it is, and how resolute you are in correcting it. Sometimes it's just boredom that makes a dog behave in this way. Does he get enough quality exercise? Play time? If you suspect that's so- then it's easily remedied. If not:
Then there's the attention seeker, or the highly-strung, nervous and excitable barker:
Excitable behaviour includes hysterical barking, launching themselves at you, tail chasing, excessive self-grooming, and compulsive chewing. You should consult your vet if you suspect that your dog's behaviour is so awry that it may be caused by a medical condition.
In many cases the problem is a complete lack of early training. A few desultory training lessons. Or the dog has recognised that the owner is weak, and therefore capable of being manipulated. The answer to this problem is to re-train your dog- starting from the beginning with teaching a puppy to sit..
If your dog is barking and howling in your absence, then it's almost certain that the problem is canine separation anxiety. That page will help you straighten out the problem.
If your dog is barking don't yell at her to stop- she'll think that you're barking with her. The easiest way to stop a dog barking is to stop it getting out of hand in the first place. If in the early days of puppyhood you notice that your puppy has a propensity for this type of behaviour nip it in the bud.
Make sure that she fully understands and always responds, to the "no" command under all types of circumstances. And you'll be saving yourself and your neighbours a fortune in earplugs.