Specifcally, we are going to discuss many of the most common reasons which cause a dog to bark, when you should tell your dog to stop barking, and some other useful solutions for fixing the barking problem.
Before you try to stop your dog barking, you need to ask yourself this:
Why is your dog barking in the first place?
You see, nearly every dog will bark for some reason. Some of these reasons can be good and bad. Your dog is very likely to bark if he sees someone suspicious walking towards your home, as an example. Your dog does this to protect you, and warn you that someone is approaching. Your dog will bark as a form of warning, or if something out-of-the-ordinary is happening.
Not every form of barking a problem. Many dogs only seem to bark when they are feeling bored and would like someone to pay them some attention. Keep in mind that for dogs, all attention is good attention whether its negative or positive. You should try and correct this behavior before it becomes a problem.
Correcting this behavior is easy when you know when to say stop. Just follow these 3 easy steps which I’m going to show you:
Step one – when a stranger approaches your house or yard, your dog will start to bark. You need to reward this good behavior quickly.
Step 2 – Try to stop your dog from barking too many times, just enough to satisfy his need to alert you. After two barks, say stop or enough and give your dog a chew toy to distract them from barking.
Step 3 – When you dog takes the toy from you, give them plenty of praise when they stop barking.
Don’t be disappointed if this doesn’t work first time round. By doing these three simple steps whenever someone approaches your house or yard, your dog should soon pick up on when it’s time to stop barking.
Spending plenty of times around your dog, and giving them lots of attention when they are being quiet will help to prevent your dog from being bored, and thus developing a barking problem.
There are also a few other things you can try in addition to these steps. For example, you can use the squirt bottle filled with tap water along with the command “stop” or “enough” to help stop your dog from barking. You should try this if all else fails, but it’s better to use positive reinforcement first.
Making sure you be persistent is the key to fixing your dog’s behavior problems. You should always praise your dog for good behavior.
In conclusion, I have shown you the reasons why your dog bark, knowing when to say stop and other solutions to stop your dog from barking. Now that you’ve read this guide, you should you should know some important information about how to stop a dog from barking!
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