Believe it or not, barking is always done for a reason. The first and most important thing to do is determine what is causing your dog to bark. Once this is determined, methods for correction and management can be applied.
Obedience training and behavior modification can help you with many behavioral issues or concerns. Should you have any questions or would like more information on training, please contact All Stage Canine Development.
Social or attention seeking barking can occur when your dog is left home alone for long periods of time without opportunities for interaction with you. This can also occur when the environment is relatively bare, without playmates, toys, or other types of outlets for your dog’s energy.
- Walk your dog daily.
- Teach your dog to fetch a ball and practice with them as often as possible.
- Teach your dog a few commands and tricks and practice them every day for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Provide interesting/busy toys.
- Keep your dog inside when you are unable to supervise them.
- Let your neighbors know that you are actively working on the problem.
- Take your dog to work with you if you can.
- Ignore negative behavior, praise when quiet and sitting.
- Some dogs bark at their owners to demand favors. Each time your dog
- barks at you, get up and walk away. If your dog never gets any attention or favors from you for barking, they will stop.
- Partner with your behavior specialist to discuss correction methods.
Excessive barking can occur during with presence of intruders, which may include the mail carrier, children walking to school, and other dogs or neighbors in adjacent yards. Your dog’s posture while they are barking may appear threatening (tail held high, hackles up, and ear perked).
- Do not encourage your dog to be responsive to people and noises outside.
- Walk your dog daily.
- Teach your dog a “quiet” command. When they begin to bark at a passer-by, allow two or three barks, then say “quiet” and interrupt the behavior by shaking a can dilled with pennies, or spraying water near their feet, or using the pet corrector. This will cause your dog to stop momentarily.
- While they are quiet, praise them. Remember, the loud noise or water isn’t meant to punish them, rather to startle them into being quiet so you can substitute a better or more positive behavior such as an obedience command or trick.
- If your dog barks while inside the house when you are home, call them to you, have them obey a command, and reward them with praise and a treat.
- Have your dog neutered or spayed to decrease territorial behavior.
Fears & Phobias
Your dog’s barking may be a response to something they are afraid of if the barking occurs when they are exposed to loud noises, or unfamiliar situations.
Their body posture may indicate fear by moving their ears back and tucking their tail.
- Identify what is frightening your dog and desensitize them to it with help from All Stage Canine Development.
- Mute the noise or the situation by leaving your dog in a basement or a room to block the feared sound or object.
- Do not punish your dog while fearful for this may cause them to be more anxious and can lead to more issues such as fear biting.