How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Barking?
Unwanted barking is one of the most common and difficult dog behaviors to change. There are a few things you can try:
- Reward your best friend for being calm and quiet. Use whispered praise, gentle petting, or Pup-Peroni® Training Treats.
- Teach your dog a desired behavior to perform instead of barking. Start with a simple task such as sit, stay or lie down. If the desire to bark is super strong, more complex tasks where your dog must think hard can help, such as high five, roll over or fetch.
- Ignore your dog’s unwanted barking. If you yell at your dog for barking, they will interpret your yelling as confirmation that there is something to be excited or upset about. If you’re walking when your dog barks and you tighten the leash, your dog will pair your response with a reason to bark and will bark more intensely when he encounters that trigger on your next walk.
It’s difficult to stop unwanted dog barking. But if you consistently work on these three things at the same time, you should see improvement in a few weeks.