If you share your home with a Barking Betty or Barking Bubba, you know how crazy it can make you. Incessant, nonsense barking every time the wind blows, a trash truck stops, or a squirrel runs across the lawn can make you wish for a magic wand to stop the barking. Luckily, you don’t need a magic wand- just a few tips from some professional dog trainers like the ones in today’s Training Tips.
It may sound counterintuitive, but many trainers recommend you teach your dog to bark on command before teaching them when it’s not ok to bark.
And knowing what triggers your dog can also be a big help.
Helping your dog learn to discern when it’s ok to bark is also important.
Remember, if one approach doesn’t work, be patient and try something new.
And if you’re teaching a puppy, try this method.
To stop a dog from barking due to stimulation, the stimuli must be interrupted. Whether it be a beep, vibration, a touch, or visual cue; it is necessary to redirect him from whatever is instigating the barking. I use an empty plastic water bottle by just squeezing it. The sound gains their attention so that I can verbally correct them.
If your pup is barking at you or for your attention, often waiting him out is necessary. A dog often shares the same state of mind as a baby or toddler. So verbal commands will often just further enable the behavior. Sometimes in scenarios with more than one dog, treating the dogs not barking can help the barker understand that he must become quiet if he wants a treat or attention. Be sure to pay attention to your pup. If your dog is acting out of the ordinary, he may be trying to tell you something. Keep in mind that dogs' senses are far superior to ours, and they could be warning us that true danger is present. HE could also be telling you that he doesn't feel well since he cannot simply explain himself with words or in a note.
Positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise, is just as important as correction. Always remember that a dog must be taught what they should be doing, not just what they should not do. "You shouldn't be barking. Instead, you should be sitting and waiting to be pet or for a treat."
Sometimes, training your dog requires you to think outside the box and try new things based on your dog’s unique likes and personality. Don’t be afraid to try an idea you think might work!
My dogs have given me an entirely new spiritual perspective on life. I now have a genuine understanding of unconditional love and provision.