Dogs give you adorable companionship, that’s no doubt. However, they may be quite the menace for you and others if your pet dog is barking continuously. It may also cause some legal issues in some places. However, it is good to remember that you could stop this habit of unnecessary barking of the dogs. The following are 5 ways to stop your dog’s excessive barking.
Correct the behaviour problem of the dog and follow up regularly
Do not attempt to stop barking by a look, a sound, or a physical correction. He may stop for a while and then restart as soon as you go back. Be patient and wait until your dog is completely under control. Attention seeking barking or request barking is a common problem in dogs. Don’t give anything your dog wants when he starts barking. It will take time to control this behaviour if he was being rewarded for barking for quite long time. Even if he barks for much longer, don’t change your decision. If you do so she is going to continue this habit forever. Here is how to help stop the barking.
Stay calm or ignore when trying to stop dog barking
You should be able to recognise the attention-seeking barking and barking for a cause. Be very patient and calm when you are in the process of training the dog to avoid excessive barking. If you yell or shout at the dog, he may still think that he is getting your attention. So it’s better to ignore the attention seeking barking rather than punishing the dog. If you are frustrated and shouting, the dog will mirror your energy and he will be barking out that energy.
Challenge your dog mentally and physically
Give her more workouts, unwanted barking is normally caused by the unused energy. Try to give your dog more physical exercise. Take him for a daily walk, walking over an inclined surface, walking with a backpack etc. Also give him mental challenges like herding and obedience training like retrieving a ball etc.
Reward good behaviour
Once your dog stops barking especially after a long spell of doing so, you should admire and reward him. That way, he will come to know that being quiet and obedient will get him a treat. But at the same time, he should not expect the treat at any other time or at frequent intervals of silence. So try to train and reward him at different timings. For example on the first day reward him if he keeps silence for 1 minute, another time 30 seconds third time after 2 min etc.
Find the reason behind her barking and avoid such circumstances
At times, your dog could be barking due to an underlying pressure, mental stress or disease. If he is barking looking at a particular object or in a direction, check out the reason. She may have seen some insects or rats or a strange, suspicious-looking person. Sometimes when he needs to use bathroom, he may bark. You need to identify the cause for this kind of barking and avoid situations that make him excessively anxious. For example, if he is constantly barking because she needs your help to take the bone piece from under the couch, try to put some material under the couch to fill the gap.