Dogs barks naturally. No one should ever expect a dog not to bark. However, some dogs can bark excessively.
If you have experienced such problems in your home with your dog, the very first thing you need to do is to find out why your dog barks too much.
Immediately you identify the problem; you can start with the treatment process.
Why do dogs bark?
Dogs normally bark because it is their natural way of communication. It backs when it feels threatened, requires attention, or when they want to play.
Sometimes a dog can bark if they sense danger. Some breeds such as beagles and Terriers are more likely to bark because of how they are created genetically.
Causes of barking
Dogs can bark because of various reasons. It can be your dog is stressed, excited, or it has been frustrating. The following are ways on how you can identify common reasons for your dog is barking.
When it is demanding or seeking attention dogs can bark when they want you to play with them or if they want to spend time with you. If they are used to playing using toys, they can bark for you to give then. When they are in a crater, they can bark to demand you to take them outside.
Dogs will tend to bark too much when they are excited, especially if they are playing with you, your family, or even other dogs.
If anyone or anything enters their territory, for example, is when another dog gets to its crater or uses its toy to play. It can get very aggressive hence making to bark too much.
If there is a sudden unexpected noise such as an alarm ringing can cause your dog to bark.
When dogs are frustrated, they can bark to express how they are powerless or irritated over certain issues. Such as when its toys fall under the bed or table, and your dog is unable to get them out.
If you neither walk your dog nor make it do exercise and it only stays at home all day long, it can bark due to boredom.
If your dog is so much attached to you, and when you are going, you do not carry it along with you, it can start barking due to that feeling of loneliness.
Having known what causes your dog to bark, you need to understand how you can stop your dog from barking.
The following are ways in which you can stop your dog from barking.
Blocking the view of the dog
Take your time and learn your dog. If you notice your dog reacting to a particular activity, it happens to see outside, and you can change the direct view of your dog.
You can close blind your dog when you are in high traffic by putting window film slightly above your dog’s line of sight after several weeks; you lower it inch by inch after few weeks before you remove it completely.
Provide toys to your dog to keep it busy
If your dog stays home all day without any exercise or walkouts, it can get boring, and as a result, it starts barking. Due to this, you should buy your dog toys to keep it busy throughout the day.
Use treats and cue word
Training your dog while using a treat will not disappoint a treat can be anything that your dog loves most, such as its favorite food. Time your dog when it is barking hard and place the treat above the nose but do not give it.
Immediately you put the treat there your dog will notice, and most likely, it will stop barking and start to smell the treat. Once your dog stops barking, you can say quietly use your cue word such as ‘hush’ to come it down, and then you can throw the treat a few meters away from it.
Keep on doing this process until when you use the cue word, and the dog obeys you without giving it any treat
When your dog has mastered this technique, you can push it even harder where you call it when it is barking and makes it wait quietly for the treat.
Ignore your dog while barking
Most of the time, when dogs bark, they require some acknowledgment from you, it can be that they need your attention, or they need you to play with them.
You can come with training where you can teach your dog that it does not have to bark to get what it wants. You can do this by doing exactly the opposite of what your dog wants you to do for it when it is barking.
Also, you should walk away when your dog starts barking. Drop one of its toys and do not pick them up until the dog stops barking.
When it calms down, you can, and you can go it and give it your attention. If you do this several and without fail, you will notice that your dog will bark less because it will have learned that barking doesn’t help.
Increase exercise to your dog
There are a lot of benefits that your dog can get from exercising. In most cases, a dog that has been exercising throughout the will annoy you from getting your attention.
Take time with your dog. Take it for a walk during the day and introduce ‘mind teasers games such as hide and seek. These games will tire the mind of your dog hence reducing chances for it to bark.
Reward your dog for not barking
Many times doggy parents only want to correct the behavior of their dogs. They forget to reward them every time they do something good. It is important that you reward your dog every time it does something nice.
For example, if your dog hears a stranger outside or it falls its toy down, and instead of barking, it just looks at you give them a treat. You can even use praise words such as ‘good job!’ to encourage it to continue that way.
Getting your dog not to bark will take time and will require you to be very patient and consistent. It just doesn’t happen overnight, but you are guaranteed to experience progress if you follow the above tips.