Although dogs bark as a form of communications, if it’s excessive or inappropriate, it can quickly become a nuisance to you and your neighbors. After ruling out medical conditions that might trigger your dog to bark, there are various things you can do the prevent nuisance barking in the future.
Increase His Exercise
Boredom and pent-up energy are two key ingredients that can trigger your dog’s nuisance barking. You might have to increase your dog’s exercise to stop his undesired behavior. Take him for frequent walks, play games with him and allow him to interact with other people and dogs. Also, provide chew toys and treat-stuffed toys for him to play with at home. This will enrich his life and eliminate his need to bark excessively. A tired dog is more likely to nap than to resort to barking.
Shut the Blinds
Stopping your furry pal’s nuisance barking can be as simple as shutting the blinds or curtains or taking him into a room without a view of the outside. This will prevent him from seeing other animals or people that he feels are invading his territory. Dogs protect their territory and will do so by barking. If he can’t see the outdoor threat, he can’t bark at it.
Use the “Quiet” Command
You can stop your dog’s nuisance barking by simple asking him to be quiet. To teach him this, trigger your dog to bark by having a friend ring the doorbell. When your pet companion starts his barking rant, say “quiet” and follow this with a treat that you hold in front of his nose. To sniff the treat he has to stop barking. When the noise stops, give him the treat. Repeat this training method several times and gradually extend the duration before you give him the treat. Over time, give the treats sparingly, but use the “quiet” command consistently. Eventually he’ll associate “quiet” with the possibility of getting a treat and he’ll be quiet in anticipation.
Pay No Attention
If your dog barks and you interact with him and give him attention, he gets exactly what he wants and you’re reinforcing his nuisance behavior. He’ll most likely bark each time he demands your attention. To break this bad habit, ignore your furry pal when he starts barking. Walk out of the room and avoid making eye contact. When the barking stops, go back into the room and praise your dog for being quiet. Doing this consistently teaches your dog that being quiet get him attention and making noise doesn’t.
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