5 Basic Dog Training Tips To Stop Your Dog From Excessive Barking....

 

Do you ever wonder what causes your dog to bark? Sometimes it seems like they're barking at the wind. But even when you know the reason they're barking, they don't seem to stop even after the trigger is gone.

Excessive or chronic barking is one of the top annoyances reported by dog owners and their neighbors.

So what causes your dog to bark? Just like a baby cries for attention, a puppy barks for attention. When a dog gets older, their instinct is to protect their territory.

So they may bark at a stranger that's in or near your home. This is generally a good thing, because that's why many people get a dog in the first place.

The problem arrises when the dog doesn't know when to stop barking. The longer a dog is allowed to continue this behavior, the more difficult it will be to correct.

And remember that a dog relishes your attention - even if it's negative. So even when you yell at your dog to stop barking, that just reinforces the behavior.

Try these 5 tips to break your dog of their barking habit:

1. Even though it's cute to hear a puppy barking, once the grow up, it's no longer cute - but annoying. It's best to start training your dog not to bark at the wrong times when they're a puppy.

When they bark at a stranger that comes into your yard or up to the house, praise them immediately. After one or two barks, command them by saying "Stop" or "Enough" and give them a chew toy or a treat to distract them from further barking. It's important to praise them again when they take the toy or treat and display quite behavior.

2. Spend time with your puppy and provide plenty of attention to them when they're quite. This will help them learn that they get attention for being quiet. Never yell at the puppy for barking because this will raise its anxiety level and encourage more aggressive behavior like biting or running away.

3. Using a spray bottle filled with plain water can be a deterent to a barking dog. This should not be your first method, but used only if using command words and praise don't work.

4. Dogs often bark when they're bored. If you have a problem with your dog barking while you're away, one solution could be to supply them with more toys and activities to do while you're gone. Make sure they're toys that are safe for them to chew on when you're not there to watch them.

5. A dog that is well exercised has fewer behavior problems. It's essential that you walk your dog daily and provide them space to run and play often. The ideal time to do this is before you leave for the day. They will have expended some energy and will be less likely to bark the entire time you're gone.

As with all dog training techniques, be as consistent as possible with these methods. Respond to their barking in the same way and they'll know what to expect.

Address any excessive barking that you notice and don't allow it to continue without proper instruction. These tips should help you curb your dog's urge to bark inappropriately and give you some peace and quiet!



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