Before we get into the topic of how to get a dog to stop barking, we want to be clear: This is about stopping a dog from barking, not about preventing a dog from barking. We don’t believe in never allowing a dog to bark.
Dogs need to bark — it is their primary means of communication. We find there are seven reasons dogs bark: alarm, anxiety, attention, frustration, greeting, injury/illness, and response. These are times when they need to bark. Your job is to learn your dog’s language so you can acknowledge what they’re saying. Once you let them know that you get it, they’ll stop.
Usually, that is … unless you’ve got a barker …
Is Your Dog More Prone to Barking?
Although our pets sometimes seem as intelligent as us, they have simple minds. They see a stranger, they bark. They hate being left alone, so they bark. They are bored and want to play, so they bark.
Some breeds are more prone to barking. The American Kennel Club’s list of high-barking breeds includes the American foxhound, Australian terrier, basset hound, bearded collie, bloodhound, Brussels griffon, Welsh corgi, Chihuahua, collie, Dachshund English foxhound, miniature bull terrier, miniature schnauzer, papillon, Samoyed, Siberian husky, and silky terrier.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve got a breed with a bad reputation for incessant barking, you can teach dogs new tricks, including new ways to get a dog to stop barking.
The trick here is to understand what triggers your dog to bark, so you can issue the right command. Let your dog know, “Good job. I’ve got it from here.”
Old Dog Training Methods to Avoid
Gone are the days when dog owners would keep rolled-up newspapers in every room, ready to whack the dog as soon as she started her barking, whining or howling. We’ve come a long way since then! Now we realize that punishment-based dog training teaches dogs to fear their owners, rather than to respect and obey.
We at BarxBuddy are also not big fans of using shock collars to control dog barking and other unwanted behaviors. We’ve embraced a national campaign called #stoptheshock that aims to stop using shock collars, which can be harmful to dogs if they aren’t used properly (and, unfortunately, many are misused).
Today’s new methods for dog training involve reward-based training. It starts by interrupting a dog during its unwanted behavior, followed by issuing a command to correct the behavior, and reinforcing good behavior with a reward. Rewards can be yummy treats, praise, belly rubs, or a mix of all.
Tools to Train a Dog to Stop Barking
The first step in training your dog to stop barking is to first understand why they are making noise. Once you rule out injury, pain, and stranger danger, you can use our train, treat, repeat method of dog training.
Here is what you will need to have within your reach at all times, while you are going through the training process:
- An ultrasonic training device
- Delicious and nutritious dog treats
Your dog needs to be within 50 feet of you in order for the ultrasonic trainer to work. This is why we recommend that our customers buy them in bulk, so they can leave them in rooms throughout their houses.
Techniques to Stop Barking Dog
As soon as your dog begins barking, press and release the ultrasonic trainer. Most adults will not hear the high-frequency noise (young children may be able to hear it, so never hold the device up close to a child’s or dog’s ears), so that’s why we remind you to press and quickly release it. Your dog will hear the high-frequency sound and stop barking. Make sure you are within your dog’s eyesight because he’s going to look to you for not only answers to “what was that noise” but also “what should I do now?”
Issue the “quiet” command, or whatever training word you choose. We don’t recommend using the word “stop” or “no,” because those words can apply to a lot of behaviors (stop chewing, stop begging, stop scratching, etc.). Once your dog has remained quiet, you can say “good dog” and reward with a treat, belly scratch or kind words. Pay attention to what works with your dog.
We also don’t recommend using your dog’s name when you issue correction commands. Use your dog’s name when you want him or her to come to you. If you use his or her name to scold, you’re going to interfere with your recall training efforts. Recall training is the formal name for teaching a dog to come to you when you call his or her name with “come.”
What Not to Do When Your Dog Barks
Don’t yell at your dog. When your dog barks and you yell, a couple of things can happen.
First, your dog might think you’re joining in on the “fun.” He barks. You yell. That’s a reward in itself.
Second, a more sensitive dog might think you’re punishing him, which makes him fearful of you. Instead of learning respect, he’s learning to fear you. Then, when you want him to bark (to alert stranger danger, pain, a knock at the door), he’s less likely to do his job.
New Ways to Make Dogs to Stop Barking
One of the reasons BarxBuddy began as a brand was because of our love of dogs and our desire to find humane and effective training methods so we and our families could live in peace and harmony with our dogs!
The new way to make dogs stop barking is the culmination of a ton of research and development. We know that punishment-based dog training doesn’t work. We know that reward-based training is the most effective method of dog training. And we know that to bridge the gap between excessive barking and effective training, we need a tool.
The BarxBuddy ultrasonic trainer is the tool that bridges that gap. We’re also excited to announce our delicious peanut-butter flavored dog training treats, which are made from whole ingredients.