How to deal with excessive dog barking?
How to deal with excessive dog barking?
Dogs in their vocal repertoire have more than a simple "wau" - our canine companions also use whining, whining, howling, moaning, grunting and growling for communication. Some even like to sigh properly!
There are many reasons why dogs bark, but remember, only to us it may seem excessive - barking is part of the nature of dogs!
Seemingly excessive barking may be related to separation anxiety. Sometimes, however, the reason is more down-to-earth - e.g. the dog tries to tell you that someone is at the door, or when you are in the middle of a game, it shows you that he is having a great time. If you have more than one dog, it doesn't take much for one to make the other bark.
Some dogs may become overly excited and, for example, bark long after the mailman is gone or after fetching, even when you try to silence him. This can be problematic, especially for neighbors, so be sure to practice self-control with your dog - preferably under the guidance of a specialist dog trainer using positive training techniques.
Popular mistakes made by owners of dogs with excessive barking
Many barking dog owners respond by shouting too loudly, ordering their dog to be quiet. Usually, unfortunately, this has the opposite effect, and what's more, this behavior may scare the dog even more, or even the dog may even find that you are just barking with him and "getting turned on" even more.
There are many products available on the market designed specifically for excessively barking dogs, which are designed to calm and silence your pet by applying a penalty - a negative stimulus, e.g. anti-barking dog collars, activating a short electrical impulse or odorous spray that is released when the dog gives a voice.
The use of this type of product is already banned in many countries because they reduce the quality of life of dogs and, consequently, lead to serious behavioral disorders and health problems. We definitely do not recommend them, because these are aversive techniques of working with dogs - unnecessarily aggressive and unpleasant, especially as they suppress the dog's natural behavior and his need to communicate. Their action deepens the frustration of our dog, is incomprehensible to him and can lead to a life in chronic stress and related health complications (including pancreatitis). Additionally, anti-barking spray collars (which may seem more "innocent"), punish the dog long after it stops barking, because the smell lingers on its sensitive nose, which completely misses the training sense.
Punishing collars will not deal with the underlying cause of barking, and the dog will express his frustration in other ways, such as. by chewing on furniture or by self-harming.
Instead, try to find out why your dog is barking. Does he warn you of something? Whether his barking expresses frustration or boredom, or wants to get your attention? He is barking because he has been left alone and maybe he is calling you? Once you've figured out the reason for barking, you can start training with it using techniques that will solve the problem effectively and permanently. If you don't know how - go to a certified dog behavior specialist. If the problem is very persistent, find a veterinarian who can help you pharmacologically change your behavior.
How To Stop Your Dog From Barking At Home?
Remember that the dog should have a lot of exercise - after all, when properly active, sometimes even tired, the dog is usually quiet and calm. It is also worth limiting his access to windows, fences or glass doors so that he does not get nervous about what is going on outside.
Teaching a dog not to bark, especially at home, usually uses the "give a voice " and "calm " technique which, which can be confusing, works best when you teach your dog to bark on command.
Here's how to do it:
- Get yourself a helper to train and ask him to stand outside the front door while you and the dog stay home.
- Ask your dog to speak up when a friend rings or knocks on the door. This will suggest the dog to bark, and when it does, reward it with flavor and praise.
- Practice this using different locations and soon your dog should bark when you tell him to speak, whether or not someone is standing at the door.
- Start with the command, give a voice, and when he does, praise him loudly.
- Then tell him to be quiet and give him a treat or favorite toy to distract him from barking.
- Repeat this exercise and you will soon be able to silence the dog with a simple command.
- Remember to practice skills with your dog regularly, as you never know when they will come in handy.
You taught your dog to bark on command, it's time to teach him to be quiet:
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How to keep your dog from barking in the car?
Barking in the car is a common problem, although you should never leave your dog for more than 10 minutes (or even a few minutes during the summer). Dogs will bark to defend their territory (especially in a parked car with people walking by). This is a natural behavior resulting from nervousness - they can't chase objects moving by, or they just know that traveling by car means an exciting trip to the park or a less joyful visit to the vet!
If you have mastered the technique of giving voice and silencing the dog at home but your pet is still noisy in the car, maybe you should make the car a casual place, not just an object related to excitement. Start by giving your dog a favorite chew toy, or have someone assist in the back seat and serve him treats. Let the engine stop at first, then do the same with the engine running. When the dog sits quietly while the car is running, set off on a short route (e.g. after the parking lot), but stop as soon as the dog starts barking, move on only when it becomes silent and have the person behind hand the prize. It will take time, patience and perseverance! Eventually the dog will understand the relationship.
If your dog is particularly excited to see other cars or people, try covering his carrier or encourage your dog to lie down in the trunk. Remember, safety is paramount! An excited dog can distract the driver, so keep him safe while driving.
If excessive barking persists
If you are unable to understand why your dog is barking so much, or if your dog has suddenly changed its vocal habits, it is definitely worth having a veterinarian get him checked and make sure there is no other underlying cause for the barking. Your dog may become more alert due to pain or age, which requires a health check. If the reason is not medical, find a canine behaviorist, a canine behavior specialist who specializes in modifying them with positive techniques so that you both have a better life. For more information on certified animal behaviorists, contact relevant organizations such as. COAPE Poland.