If you’ve decided you need to stop your dog barking in your home then you probably already have quite a problem and know that it is not easily stopped. Dogs, after all, are born to bark, regardless of breed or temperament, with one exception – the Basenji which does not bark at all. Barking is the way a dog naturally vocalizes their feelings and needs. So before we can stop a dog barking we need to understand why it is barking, and also understand which forms of barking we actually can control. The Causes of Dog Barking Dogs bark for lots of reasons. They may bark when they are angry or when they are happy & excited. They bark when they are being aggressive and also when they are scared. Here is a common list of reasons when you might expect your dog to bark: Territorial Barking Alarm Barking Attention Seeking Barking Greeting Barking Frustration Barking Compulsive Barking Injury or Illness Related Barking Barking is a major part of your dog’s situational behaviour. It’s impossible to completely stop your dog barking – they are going to want to express themselves at times, regardless of what you do to inhibit their behaviour. So when your dog starts barking and refuses to stop, first determine if the behaviour is warranted. How to Stop Dogs Barking Nine times out of ten with barking, it’s excessive and can be controlled. If you decide that your dog’s barking can and should be controlled, ask yourself these questions. When does the dog bark? What is the dog barking at? Does the dog have a specific trigger? If you decide that your dog is barking because it wants to protect its territory or is simply alarmed by something, you cannot simply shout at your dog to stop. In fact, negative reinforcement for territorial barking can often lead to biting or aggression in other forms because your dog doesn’t really understand what you’re trying to tell them. They stop the barking but the territorial issues are still there. Instead, you need to create a situation in which your dog doesn’t feel the territorial urge to defend itself. This starts by you taking control of your household – be the “top dog” leader of the pack and show the dog that you are the one in charge of protecting that space. Also, you can simply reduce the dog’s ability to see those incursive threats to its territory by drawing the curtains or blinds so he can’t see out, or getting a solid fence so they can’t see beyond the garden. Stop Dogs with Anxiety Barking If your dog has anxiety issues, the barking is likely a symptom of...Read More
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