Being a responsible dog owner means being aware of how your dog sounds. Excessive barking can cause a nuisance to your neighbours as well as you.
Why all this noise
Understanding why your dog barks are the first step in managing the problem. Dogs will sometimes bark to tell you they want something. They may be hungry, thirsty, or want to play.
If he does this repeatedly, you can teach him how to get your attention.
Dogs will often bark at other dogs to let them know they are welcome to play. This is normal. However, it is up to the dog to decide how much barking they can tolerate and wait until your dog is quiet.
Your dog may bark if left alone. You can leave some music playing on the radio to make your dog familiar with human noises. To keep him busy while you are away, you can give him toys that will require a lot of work and attention.
An excellent way to reduce anxiety is to give your dog an old piece of clothing that has not been washed or any other item that smells strongly of his family.
You can enjoy vigorous play and exercise once you return home. Your dog will miss you, and there is no better way to reestablish the bond.
Dogs barking as an alarm is one of their most common reasons. Your dog will bark if he sees someone approaching your house. He will bark to let you know if he thinks you are the pack leader.
Dogs can be bred to sound the alarm. This is something you might encourage. If your dog barks to alert you, silence him until you are certain there isn’t an intruder.
Stick with a system
A system is essential for all aspects of dog training. Your chances of success greatly increase if you have a system in place. Dogs will respond well to routine. Your puppy may have attended obedience classes before. If not, why not? You don’t have to wait to teach your dog new tricks.
To teach your dog the ‘hush’ command, you can distract or silence him whenever he barks. To get your dog’s attention, make a loud sound, such as a can of coins. Then, give him a firm “hush” command.
Praise and reward your dog when he stops barking. Do not shout at your dog to stop barking. This can cause anxiety and hinder learning. If your dog thinks you are barking, it can confuse you. Barking only reinforces the barking behaviour.
The best way to change your dog’s behaviour is to train him. Keep in mind that barking is an expected part of being a dog. You should only take action if it becomes disruptive or unreasonable.
Your vet can offer additional advice if the barking continues. They may also suggest other methods.