Too much barking? A few tips to prevent it

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Too much barking? A few tips to prevent it | Dogalize

Most dogs bark. Barking is a normal activity for dogs. However, excessive dog barking can be considered a behavior problem. How can you get your dog to stop barking so much?

Your dog needs to understand when to bark and when to be quiet, and it's your job to teach this to her. Start working on problem barking as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the harder it gets to curb the behavior. It is a good idea to teach your dog the Speak/Quiet Commands. This may be easier said than done. However, with dedication and consistency, you can teach your dog to bark on command AND to be quiet. However, the best way to prevent barking in the first place is to try and remove any potential sources of the behavior. You also want to be certain not to inadvertently encourage the barking.

- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so there is not as much pent-up energy to burn by barking.

-Avoid leaving a lonely dog alone for long periods of time if possible.

- Never comfort, pet, hug or feed your dog when she is barking for attention or out of anxiety - that would be rewarding the behavior, thus encouraging it.

- Shouting at your dog to stop barking does not help. It may actually cause her to bark even more.

- Avoid punishments like shock collars. They are not only painful and unkind - many dogs will learn to test them and eventually work around them.

- Try to get her attention with a clap or whistle. Once she is quiet, redirect her attention to something productive and rewarding - like a toy or treat.

- After getting your dog's attention, practice basic commands, like sit and down in order to shift her focus.

- Do not let your dog bark constantly outside, regardless of the reason. You can hardly train her to stop barking by yelling at her across the yard. Plus, it is one of the fastest ways to turn neighbors into enemies and send an invitation to your local police.

- Consult your veterinarian and/or trainer if you continue to face barking issues despite your best efforts.

Source: dogs.about

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