Dog Training â€“ 5 Ways to Stop Annoying Barking
By Marilyn Burnham
Incessant barking is not just annoying to you â€“ itâ€™s most likely ticking off your neighbors, too. Most cities have ordinances concerning barking dogs and will fine you if your pet canâ€™t be controlled. Most people want their pets to bark when there is danger or an intruder, so teaching your dog never to bark is really not an option. You want to teach your pet that barking to get your attention or because heâ€™s bored is not appropriate behavior. Dogs bark for another reason, too. When your dog sees people or animals walk by a window or a fence â€“ they walk on by. To your dog, that is naturally defending his territory. He has â€œwonâ€ because the intruder is gone. Have you had a dog that goes ballistic when the postal carrier walks on the porch? If the postman stuck around, your dog wouldnâ€™t be stuck in that pattern. Some owners try electronic â€œshockâ€ collars to keep their dogs from barking, but they are often ineffective unless you engage a qualified trainer. Try working with your dog yourself before going the electronic collar route. Barking is a difficult issue, and many trainers recommend working with your pet on any other behavior issues before you get to it because it may signify a dominance problem with your dog. Here are some effective ways to cope with barking:
1. Leash training. If your dog has a problem with barking indoors, keep his training collar and leash on. Every time he barks, snap the leash to engage the collar and say, â€œNo,â€ and lead him to a quiet part of the room. Do this every time he hears a bump, sees another animal or seemingly barks for no reason. If he sees or hears a person, do the same thing, but praise him five seconds later. You want your dog to bark when he sees strangers. Repeat until he understands. If your dog begins walking away on his own, lavishly praise him.