A dog’s vocal repertoire encompasses more than just a simple “shot” – our canine companion’s use whine, yips, yelps, whimper, grumble, howl and growl in their communication. Some even like to sigh heartily!
There are many reasons dogs bark, but keep in mind that barking just seems excessive to us – barking in any form is part of a dog’s nature! Seemingly excessive barking may be due to a breakup-related issue, or they may be trying to tell you someone is at the door, or if you are in the middle of a game they may be barking to show they are on having a good time. If you have more than one dog, it doesn’t always take much for one to trigger another.
However, some dogs may be overly excited and may bark long after the postman has left or you may have finished the fetch game even if you told them to be quiet. This can be problematic, especially if you have neighbors around.
Common mistakes owners make when dealing with an excessive dog barking
The answer for many barking dog owners is to scream a little louder and tell them to be quiet. However, this can make your dog feel threatened or they may think that you are just barking along with them.
There are many products on the market specifically designed for excessive dog barking to help calm and calm your dogs, such as Anti-bark collars that cause a light electric shock or an unpleasant spray. We do not recommend these as they are unnecessarily aggressive and uncomfortable and suppress your dog’s natural behavior and need for communication. Also, odor spray collars will punish your dog long after he has stopped barking because the smell lingers in his very sensitive nose.
These punitive types of collars will not address the underlying cause of the barking, and your dog will use other ways to get rid of their frustrations, such as by using other ways to eliminate their frustrations. B. by chewing the furniture or even by yourself. Instead, try to find out why your dog is barking. Do you want it to warn you about something? Are they barking out of frustration or boredom or to get your attention? Are they barking because they have been left alone trying to call you back? Once you identify the cause, you can work on training techniques that will help you solve the problem in the long term.
Here’s how to prevent your dog from barking around the house
Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercises – after all, a tired dog is usually a calm dog! It can also help to limit access to windows, fences, and glass doors so they can’t get upset about something they see outside, even if it’s just a car driving by.
Otherwise, training dogs not to bark, especially indoors, usually involves the “speak and remain silent” technique, which, perhaps confusingly, is best done by training them to bark on command first. Here’s how:
- Seek help from a training partner and ask them to stand on the doorstep while you and your dog are in the house.
- Ask your dog to speak. At this point, your friend should ring the doorbell or knock on the door.
- This should make your dog bark, and if it does, give him a treat and lots of praise.
- Practice this little and often in different places, and soon your dog should bark when you say “speak” whether or not someone is at the door.
Now you’ve taught your furry friend to speak. It’s time to teach him to be silent.
- First, ask your dog to speak and give them an oral reward.
- Then tell them to “shut up” and distract them from the barking with a tasty treat or favorite toy. Your dog cannot bark and examine the treat at the same time, so it will stop barking. If they do, praise them – and the reward, of course!
- Repeat the technique a little and often, and you will soon be able to stop the barking with a simple command.
How to stop your dog from barking in the car
Barking in cars is a common problem. Dogs bark to protect their temporary territory (especially when the car is parked and people are walking by) because they are frustrated not being able to chase all the fast-moving objects that whiz by or simply because they know a car ride means it an exciting trip to the park or maybe a less exciting trip to the vet!
If you have mastered the “speak and silence” technique at home, but your dog is still in the car, you may need to take steps to make the car look more normal and mundane so that it doesn’t just add excitement. First, get your dog to sit in the car with a chew toy. For now, leave the engine off and do the same with the engine running. Once your dog can sit quietly in the car with the engine on, take a very short drive, but stop as soon as he starts barking and do not continue until he has calmed down.
This will take some time and patience, but hold on! You will get the message at some point.
If your dog is particularly excited at the sight of other cars or people, try covering his crate if he is used to traveling in one or if he fits, and encourage him to lie in the back of the car. But remember, safety comes first! An excited dog can be very distracting to the driver. So make sure it is properly protected while driving.
If the excessive dog barking continues
If you really can’t figure out why your dog is barking so much, or if his or her vocal habits suddenly change, it is definitely worth having your veterinarian check them out to make sure there is no other reason for the barking. If there is no medical problem, your veterinarian can refer you to a canine behaviorist who may be able to help. For more information on dog behaviorists, contact The Association of Animal Behavioral Researchers and Trainers or the Association of dog trainers.