How To Stop Dog Barking
Like most dog owners you have a dog barking non-stop and have no idea how to make it stop. You have yelled, screamed, and got frustrated but really wish you can fix this issue. The dog barking is a side-effect with this behavior.
I’m happy to tell you there is a simple solution to this problem. Like any problem we must find out the root of the problem and we must start with the basics.
- Your dog is bored
- They have found entertainment (barking)
- You haven’t addressed the first issue
Let us begin…….
- How much have you exercised your dog lately?
- Are you controlling the situation?
- Are you staying consistent?
Our first three questions of training are also relevant to dog owners in most situations.
How to Stop Dog Barking at the Door?
When you want to stop your dog from barking at the door you need to have a few things in mind. Dog’s mentally take possession of the door and will start barking to no end until the visitor is gone.
A lot of times we are dealing with a bored dog that has nothing to do all day. When the mailman or family members stop by, they use them to release because they don’t run or walk.
First step we want to take is to run the dog on a bike or to take them on a long walk. Treadmills can be of use as an additional training tool after a long run or walk to tire the dog further.
After this set up the dog by having someone knock on the door. First thing we want is for the dog to stay away from the door. You accomplish this by using your body (legs and feet) to walk the dog away from the door.
Make them sit or lay before you turn around and approach the door. When the dog returns repeat the same steps. Walk them away and make them sit or lay and if the dog is tired you will be able to open the door with them in a calm position. Correcting dog barking is important from a distance and up close.
Stop Dog Barking When Left Alone
Exercise will stop this behavior dead in its tracks. If you need the dog to stop barking a lot while gone, try giving them a run twice a day for 20-30 minutes on a bike.
While left alone after a long exercise session the dog will use their cage, bathroom, or crate time to recover and they’ll be getting rest while you’re away. This is better than barking which shows frustration and will lead to disruptive behavior.
Add another session at night and the dog needs will be met while you are at work and it will start a great relationship with good behavior while you are gone.
Stop Dog Barking in a Crate
There are two ways to stop dog barking in the crate. I would use exercise first and foremost and not use the second method until I am deploying the first. You can correct a dog full of energy for whining, but it won’t stop the whining or barking only exercise will do that.
Correcting the dog may work, but this is not a one size fits all. A physical touch won’t do it, or a leash correct either for some dogs. Make sure you get creative and use methods like correcting from the room verbally without coming back into the room they are barking from.
When exercise and corrections aren’t working you can try ignoring the dog the same way the mother ignores the puppies. Only bringing the dog out when they are quiet is another way to use positive reinforcement to stop dogs from barking.
How to Stop Dog from Barking at Night
I hate to keep beating the same drum but exercise in the morning and nighttime around 45 minutes to an hour with one being a run will be a great start.
Next you may want to find out what is making your dog bark. If other dogs are barking in the neighborhood it can make your dog bark. Sometimes brining them inside will be all you need to do.
Try correcting through the window. You don’t have to get up and go outside you just need to tell the dog “no” you don’t want them barking at 3:31 a.m. so no reason at all.
Your dog needs consistent runs and walks daily to start. These are the types of issues that dogs engage in when we never exercise them and leave them to figure it out.
Check out this excellent article that guides you through the correct way to view this issue and what to do about it.
We must remember your dog would be walking all day long if it was up to him and he was in the wild. Depriving a dog from exercise will cause this issue and keep it lingering. Yelling does nothing. Screaming isn’t helping the situation.
Towards the end of this article the Humane Society also recommends to keep the dog tired. That part should have been at the top of the page.
Nevertheless, if exercise isn’t at the top of the solution to this problem there are consequences that can easily be avoided. Ignoring the dog doesn’t do much for barking although it can be effective in other areas, such as excitement.
If the dog is taking this opportunity to exercise himself a correction will not serve you well. You will be frustrated, and the dog will remain barking due to his instinctual needs being fulfilled through destructive behavior.
Once you correct our first issue and implement a program that consists of 14-21 hours of exercise we can move on to the next phase.
Bored Dog Bad Owner
I would love to tell you the truth so I will. If you have a bored dog they will find a way to entertain themselves and it may be in the worst way possible. This can result in friends and family being bitten once the behavior escalates.
The best thing you can do is to make sure you run the dog once a day and walk them once a day. For severe issues it would be best to run twice until the behavior is more normal.
The last thing you want to do is not give them the bare minimum and blame them for the results. Setting them up for failure is something we shy away from in the Train Your Own Dogs training program. The best way to stop the dog from barking in most circumstances is to exercise them.
If exercising them isn’t working, there is a 99.999999 percent chance you aren’t exercising enough and are lacking in your duties. Increase the exercise until the dog is looking more like a house dog.
Once you get them into this mindset you are now ready to move on and take on the second phase of the process.
There are too many triggers a day can have that will contribute to their barking. Here is an article that can assist you in understanding where it may be coming from!
There may be another dog barking at night? There may be police sirens? Anything can trigger some dogs to bark.
The best way to cover all bases is to control the entire environment and not put the dog in those situations while you implement the exercise program.
How to Control Everything
These are the things you are controlling
- Dog’s energy level
- Whatever makes them bark
- Duration of the training
Dog’s Energy Level
Do not start this exercise with a fully energetic dog that is jumping out of his/her skin. My job is to set you up for success and the quickest way to fail is to not put in the work beforehand.
When we get the dog very tired and then correct the dog doesn’t have the energy to keep up this kind of a fight for too long.
Whatever Makes Them Bark
If your dog barks any noise find an audio recording and make them listen to that noise in the controlled environment.
The #1 tool at your disposal is a leash and there are many reasons why we want to use them in this scenario.
First, if the dog is running towards an object you can correct the behavior.
Second, When the dog looks in the direction of what is making them bark correct.
Third, we have a strong handle on where he can and cannot go.
Duration of Training
When we start this training exercise, we should do it 10 times. Be aware you should go until you are getting the desired behavior you are looking for. A few days of this will likely soften the barking.
This is the only type of training environment that ensures that the dog is in the right state of mind, exposed to the sound, and in the position to be corrected properly.
For difficult dogs
My favorite type of training exercise for hardheaded dogs is to make them do something in the middle of hearing their trigger. For example, I make play the sound the entire time we run
Put them on the treadmill after and play the sound on a loudspeaker.
Lastly, walk them right after playing the sound on my phone.
This is a total of 3 hours with the sound and the dog is unable to do any barking. That type of environment will help the dogs who have bigger issues than just exercise. Exposure to the sound will help in these cases.
Why You Can’t Tell Your Dog to Stop
Let’s get real for a second. If you tell your dog to stop barking, there shouldn’t be another bark. What does this tell us regarding our relationship?
We have a lot of work to do! There is a respect factor that is missing if we can’t stop all barking the moment we disagree. This is hard to admit but we have lost all control at this point.
Luckily, We Have Options:
- Your dog needs to listen to you often
- You Need to Correct All the Way
- Always remain consistent
Your Dog Needs to Listen Often
Let’s say you have chosen to use the Exercise Program this will happen because you are consistently running, walking, and putting the dog on the treadmill for 14-21 hours per week. That means that on average your dog is listen 56-84 hours a month!
Those type of numbers are staggering if you have been putting in zero hours of exercise. Now let’s examine how this will work.
When you walk the dog, they are listening to how fast you walk, where you walk, don’t walk in front of you, turn left, turn right, etc.
When you run the dog, they are listening to speed, pushing themselves to keep up, staying on one side, stopping, slowing down, you may get off the bike and walk.
On the treadmill the dog is tired putting in more time. Now they must stand and walk in a line at a certain speed.
Now that the dog is getting used to listening and it is happening daily at this point you ask the dog to stop barking. You will be shocked at how much the dog has listened to your every command for days, weeks, months, and eventually years.
Correct All the Way
Dog owners drop the ball on this issue often. This is the reason why so many people tell their dog no but the dog doesn’t always listen.
Your dog should be laying like this dog or sitting after you tell them “No.”
Watch this video where a mom is correcting her puppies very soft. Towards the end of the video the dog she leaves alone is the one that is sitting and the other one continues to get the correction
Here is a 38 second video
Tell your dog no the same way the mother does and make them sit or lay afterwards.
If you combine the exercise and correction element to every aspect of their life without any doubt when you tell them to stop barking, you will not hear another bark. The dog will understand who is in charge and who gives out the orders.
Don’t let anything slide! Correct and exercise continuously while training. The more you correct the less you will correct.
Same principle works in reverse the less you correct now the more you will correct in the future. Stay consistent my friends!
If you have problems with your dog barking leave a comment below and let us know how much exercise you have been giving to the dog? Also, are you correcting the way the mom dog is in both videos?
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