Whether you like it or not, all dogs bark. However, they also bark for different reasons. Some breeds have a higher tendency to bark more than others.
There are actually different reasons why dogs bark and each one is unique in its own way because barking is an expression of your dog’s emotions. In the same way that humans communicate with one another through the spoken language, dogs communicate to people via their barking.
There are a number of reasons why dogs bark. They could either be sending out a warning to another animal, giving an invitation to play, sending a warning to others, asking for a reaction from you, ordering or commanding other animals to leave, or even expressing extreme fear, aggression and stress.
While in other cases, dogs do bark just for the sake of barking. Some dogs will bark at any unusual object or unknown person they see. For others, this could be a combination of any of the above reasons but for the most part, puppies who tend to bark show insecurity, especially when they are separated from their pack.
Barking in itself is not the problem, as it actually plays a crucial part especially during emergency situations, rather the barking becomes a problem when it becomes excessive to the point that they won’t stop even when you ask them to.
What we really need is not to stop dogs from barking altogether, especially if there is a need to alert others of danger, what we need is to reduce the excessive barking and limit it to the minimum.
We don’t want our dogs to bark for no reason at all. Especially for dogs living in urban areas where houses are close to one another, the bad barking habits of your dog may pose a problem both for you, your neighbors and even the whole neighborhood.
You as the owner and your relationship with your dog play a crucial part in training and leading your dogs into a proper and acceptable behavior.
Here are a few simple ways you can stop your dogs from barking excessively:
Close your dog’s mouth gently
Your relationship with your dog matters especially when you are training your dogs to become disciplined and well behaved. During cases where your dog is barking excessively, try gently closing your dog’s mouth to signal to them that you want them to stop.
In some cases, a halter may be necessary to stop them from having a barking fit. Whatever the case may be, make sure to lovingly and gently introduce him/her to the training you wish to implement on them.
Create a distraction
Some dogs tend to have a shorter attention span compared to other dogs, while others don’t. Creating a distraction that can take their mind off from barking will be helpful in bringing their barking fits to a halt.
The objective is to break their concentration from barking by making use of an external stimulus that will lead them to stop. Calling out their name, using a ball, touching them or creating unusual noise will be helpful in distracting your dogs.
Use an anti-bark device
In some cases, creating a distraction may prove to be futile. Then, looking for the best bark collar to go with your dog is the best solution you can make to help reduce your dogs from barking.
No-bark collars are extremely helpful and safe to use. It will in no way compromise your dog’s health and safety.
The anti-bark device creates a distraction that will break off their concentration for a moment by making use of a sound and a mild shock to alert them about the effects of barking unnecessarily.
This will give them a pattern system that will alert them about the barking and the corresponding responses from the anti-bark device.
Teach them to bark on command
Start teaching your dogs at an early age by training them the command to bark and cease. Make a reward system whenever they follow your command. Useful words such as “Bark” and “Stop” or “Quiet” are the good keywords you can use to teach and train your dogs.
Make sure to limit your keywords for every command to as few words as possible and reward them with a treat and a loving or appreciative gesture after accomplishing what you require.