I am currently into small dog breeds and I don’t know about you, but it seems that they are always barking more than other size dogs. This may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there is actually a way to get your dog to stop that barking all of the time.

How to get your canine to stop barking

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When beginning to train your dog to stop barking, you should not expect it to happen right away. This process takes some time and will have to be put into practice. You should also always remember not to scream at your dog to be quiet and always keep a positive attitude. Lastly, while following these steps, you will need to be consistent in your approach. So without further adieu, here are 5 ways to get your dog to stop barking.

1.     Take Away The Motivation

When your dog is barking, he is usually getting some sort of reward afterwards. If this wasn’t the case, he wouldn’t be barking. You should find out exactly what your pet is getting and then cut that out. You are cutting off the barking at the source and not giving him any reward for his loud behavior.

2.     Ignore All The Barking

When your dog is barking, you usually go and see what is going on, thus paying attention to him. This is just fortifying his behavior. Instead, ignore him while he is barking. You should ignore him for as long as it takes him to stop. Reward your dog with your attention only after he is quiet for a while. You can also reward him with a treat after he has stopped barking.

3.     Desensitize Your Dog

Something is causing your dog to bark! Get him used to whatever it is. The more comfortable he feels around this thing, the better behaved he is going to be. If for example, he likes to bark at other dogs, you will need to socialize him around other pets more often until he isn’t worried about this stimulus any longer.

4.     Teach Your Dog The Command – “Quiet”

This one may seem a little out of left field but it works! You are going to want to teach your dog to bark while giving him the command “speak”. Once he learns to bark, place a treat in front of him and praise him. After he has gotten this down, you can then tell him to speak and then tell him to quiet. As soon as you say quiet, place a treat in front of him so he is no longer barking. He will learn over time to shush up!

5.     Keep Your Dog Worn Out

Last but not least, your dog should be getting plenty of exercise every day. Some dogs bark because they are bored or frustrated. If you give your dog a lot of exercise and keep him tired, he is much less likely to bark.

Stop Your Dog From Barking

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Author Bio:

Neil is a dog lover as well as an avid blogger. He currently runs The Dog Breeds Bible and is on a mission to complete every dogs profile that is currently known.

 

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