How to Prevent Dog Barking
A dog's barking can be a great tool. Barking can work like an alarm system, it can intimidate potential burglars, and it can call for help in times of trouble. But sometimes, barking can also get a little out of hand with certain dogs. There are instances- late at night, when company is over- when having a quiet dog is imperative.
Your dog views himself as being part of a pack. Your role needs to be the pack leader!
Why Do Dogs Bark?
Obviously, dogs bark as a form of communication. Instinctively, dogs view themselves as a member of a pack with you, the dog owner, being the leader. Anytime he barks, he is trying to communicate to you, so if you have a better understanding of his reasoning, it will be easier to get rid of unnecessary barking. Some of the most common reasons for barking include:
- To give a warning
- To sound an alarm
- Playing or instigating play
- To drive another animal or object out of the way
As an owner, pay attention to these reasons and try to deduct why your dog is barking. If you can do this, you'll have a much better shot at reducing his barking.
Yelling at your dog will only re-enforce his barking because he'll think that you're barking too.
Don't Yell Back
The most common form of barking is designed to warn the pack and call the pack leader. For problem dogs, this type of barking may happen every time a car passes or a bike rider goes by. To stop the dog from barking, don't yell back at him. This simply re-enforces his barking because it seems like you too are barking at the problem. Instead, get up, pet your dog, and re-assure him with some soothing words that let him know that there's no danger. If you stay on top of this, especially when he is a puppy, you can help to reduce some of this problem barking.
Communicate Like a Dog
In the wild, dogs use barking to communicate amongst each other to help ward off danger. Of course, the most experienced dog (usually the mother or pack leader) has to let the other dogs know when to fall in line and be quiet because their barking is bringing unwanted attention and danger from larger predators. To do this, the pack leader will go to the barking dog and place their mouth over the offending dog's muzzle without biting. At that time, the leader will let out a short, low growl to get him to be quiet.
Dog owners are the pack leaders of their dogs and can learn from this technique. Instead of using the same exact approach, dog owners can slip their fingers under the dog's collar on the back of his neck and pull up. Then, owners can place their other hand on the top of the dog's muzzle and in a quiet and stern voice say "Quiet" into the dog's ear. By mimicking the way dogs communicate, dog owners can established their role as the pack leader and effectively communicate with their dog.
As we all know, some dogs are stubborn. Fortunately, innovators have come up with safe and easy to use bark collars to help minimize unwanted barking. Bark Collars come in a variety of forms including:
- Bark Collars that emit a citrus spray anytime your dog barks.
- Electronic Bark Collars that utilize a static shock anytime your dog barks.
- Bark Collars that emit an ultrasound noise that only the dog can hear which will help to deter unwanted barking.
These bark collars are great because they allow you to go about your day normally. Not only that, they are also proven to be the most effective way to minimize unwanted barking!
Dog training is one of the responsibilities of being a dog owner. With these tips and tools, training your dog's barking will be a whole lot easier.
By: Tim Snyder