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Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guest Post: Five Ways to Stop Your Dog from Barking

Hi everyone! I have another quick guest post for you! I know many of you have dogs. I love my dogs so much... but the one thing that sometimes drives me crazy about them is when they are barking. Trixie just seems to randomly bark out the window... usually whenever she sees someone walking another dog outside. Lily, on the other hand, doesn't really care what is happening outside, but if we have visitors over, she barks like crazy. She has the most high-pitched bark ever! It can break your ear drums! So I was interested in reading this article about ways to stop your dog from barking. I thought I'd share it with you.

Five Ways To Stop Your Dog from Barking

A barking dog can be irritating to you, your neighbors, and anyone else who comes over. If you love your dog but aren’t sure what to do about its bad barking habits, here are five techniques that range from using an e-collar to simply ignoring the barking that can make your dog stop barking.
1. Ignore the Barking
Although it can be hard to do, one effective way to make your dog stop barking is to ignore your dog until they stop. Waiting until your dog stops barking is crucial in this situation, even if it takes him an hour and a half to stop barking. If you get frustrated and yell at your dog to stop, your dog will start to think that if they bark long enough they will eventually get the attention that they want.
2. Get Rid of the Motivation
The reason that your dog barks is because he gets some sort of reward out of it. To stop your dog from barking, remove the motivation that causes him to bark. For example,
  • If your dog barks at people and cars that pass by the front room window in your home, remove this incentive by closing the curtains in your front room.
  • If your dog spends time in the yard and barks at people when they walk by, monitor your dog’s time out in the yard or bring him inside.
All you may have to do is to remove the reason for your dog barking to make them eventually break the habit.
3. Teach Your Dog a Command
You may also want to try teaching your dog a “quiet” command and a command that permits them to “speak.” This way, your dog will know when it is appropriate to bark and when they should be quiet upon your command.  Although it may seem counterproductive to teach your dog both a “speak” and a “quiet” command, doing this will help your dog know when they can bark and when they should remain silent.
4. Tire out Your Dog
A dog may develop a barking habit out of boredom or frustration. To remain healthy and happy, your dog needs a certain amount of playtime and a certain number of walks everyday depending on their breed and age. If you sense that your dog is bored, make extra effort to add in a few extra walks throughout the week to your schedule and provide your dog with plenty of play time. While this may not eliminate the barking problem completely, it could reduce the amount of time your dog spends barking.
5. Invest in a Training Collar
If you have tried the above-listed methods and nothing seems to be working, invest in a training collar for your dog. Training dog collars are designed to aid dog owners in the training process so that their dog behaves and refrains from engaging in bad habits, like barking.
While all of these methods are viable ways to get your dog to stop barking, making your dog stop won’t happen overnight. Keep in mind that the longer your dog has been a barker, the longer it will take to break the habit.


Please feel free to contact Ella Gray with any questions at ella.l.gray@gmail.com.

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