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How to stop a dog from barking

 

Dogs bark. There’s no denying the fact that barking is a natural  reaction for most canines. But sometimes, dog barking can become a  problem and annoyance.

Oftentimes, owners respond to barking in ways that fail to address  long-term behavior—for example by yelling, rewarding bad habits or  inconsistently disciplining.

When looking for a permanent solution, keep in mind that as the dog’s  owner, finding the source of the behavior is important. If your dog is  barking because of boredom, providing your pet with something to do may  be the answer. However, if separation issues are the trigger, this may require a completely different approach.  Sometimes, the most straightforward solutions work. For dogs who have  established barking as a leisure-time activity, though, a simple  solution does not always work.

Luckily, there are several common recommendations for dealing with your dog’s barking.


 

Exercise

Make sure your dog has an adequate amount of exercise before you leave in the morning. A tired dog is more likely to rest  when you’re not at home. If possible, have a dog walker come to walk  your dog mid-day.

Dog Toys and Puzzles

There are a number of products that will give your dog something to do. For example, treats can be placed inside a toy, and the dog will work to get the treats out.

Manage the Surroundings

A common suggestion by trainers for dogs who bark when owners are  gone is to leave the dog with some familiar sounds such as a radio or  television. The idea is that these approximate the household sounds when  the owner is present. Additional behavior tweaks like closing the  blinds before leaving the house can help by removing your dog’s  temptation to bark (such as during the mailman’s daily delivery).

Teach the “Quiet” Command

A popular method is teaching the “quiet” command, using a calm, firm  voice to tell your dog to be “quiet” and positively reinforcing correct  behavior with treats and affection.


 

Canine Good Citizen

The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is the gold standard of how  dogs should behave. Not only is Canine Good Citizen a great way to  train your dog, but it is also a good stepping stone to other canine  sports. Find a dog trainer near your location and take the Canine Good Citizen test for your dog.

Spray Collars

Bark collars are one of the most reliable, effective and trustworthy  methods. To adhere to particular pet and owner preferences, they also  come in a variety of options. Spray collars deliver a safe, light burst  of unscented or citronella spray when the dog barks. Often used in  candles and incense, citronella is made from the natural oils of  lemongrass.

The PetSafe® Spray Bark Collar is the newest addition to the market, deterring unwanted or excessive  barking and whining with a mild burst of citronella or unscented spray  using a rechargeable, water-resistant collar. Using advanced sound  technology, the collar detects the dog’s bark and is able to distinguish  it from other noises.

There are no false corrections, even from the barks of other dogs.  Each easy-to-use, recyclable refill cartridge provides 35 sprays and can  help reduce barking in as little as two weeks

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