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How to Get Your Dog to StopBarking





Barking_Dog.jpgNo matter how much you simply adore your dog, when it barks uncontrollably it can be a nuisance. Perhaps your dog barks just for attention, or when company comes to the door? Either way, they are doing it for a reason and the sooner you comprehend why they are barking, the sooner you will understand how to treat it and prevent your dog from barking so often.


All dogs, every single one enjoys barking. It is a part of who they are, and if it only occurs on rare occasions, then you do not have one of those dogs that barks and needs training. Most dogs bark because they need something, be that taken outside or fed. Some canines are even bred from birth to bark, so ensure you do not have one of those types of dogs before you begin to train it not to bark as it may become defensive. Some dogs do it just to warn their wonderful owner, that there is some form of danger present or another animal leering.


Once you have defined the reason for the barking, do not be one of those owners that gives into the barking by providing a treat of any kind as this will do nothing but entice them to continue doing it to get their way. Much like a child having a temper tantrum of any kind, you do not want to treat this type of barking behavior. Instead, many trainers have suggested providing a time out zone for a dog to train in just as a child’s quiet spot to be placed in for a time out. The dog is to go to their time out zone for a few minutes until they cool off. Always provide some area in the home for the dog to rest peacefully. Some animals act up when the owner is not home just as a child would left unattended as a form of anxiety due to being left alone. If you leave the dog a cozy bed or area with a blanket inside or out of a cage even for them to go to when it is time to rest, they will go to that comfort zone when you are not home to ensure they are not barking up a storm while you are at work all day long.


Some other helpful hints for training a dog not to bark as often are to supply them with ample things to play with during the day as well and also to look into any collars that can aide in barking. Citronella collars are becoming quite popular as they are safe and effective at calming the dog to prevent the barking from escalading. Toys for the dog to chew on and play with to occupy themselves are a great idea, bones or squeaky ones any type of toy you know your dog enjoys that isn’t your favorite pair of shoes! Always praise your dog or puppy when they have done something good or correct during their training weeks to ensure you are equally balancing their behavior.



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