How To Train a Dog Not to Bark (… or How to Speak Dog)

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of how to make dogs stop barking, let us be clear: Dogs communicate by barking. The key to controlling their barking is (1) first understand why they’re barking, (2) acknowledging you understand their message, and (3) letting them know you’ve got it from here.  In other words ... you and your dog need to learn to speak the same language, so you can understand what your dog...Read more

#StoptheShock: Positive Dog Training Without Shock Collars

A campaign called “Stop the Shock” has been making its way through social media and email inboxes in an effort to educate dog owners about alternative and humane ways to train their pets. We love it! Positive-reinforcement training is exactly what we recommend in our “Train, Treat, Repeat” approach to dog training. More on that in a moment.  Here is a short video message from Petco’s national dog training manager about positive reinforcement dog training:...Read more

How to File a Noise Complaint About a Barking Dog

Your neighbor’s barking dog is driving you mad. What do you do? You may be reminded of old sayings, like, “Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.” In other words, always be of good mind, kind words, and good action with your neighbors.  Until, that is, it’s 3 a.m. and the cacophony of their barking German shepherd jerks you out of a deep sleep. Again. If you find yourself in this situation, you...Read more

Do Bark Collars Work on Dogs (and Are They Safe)?

Does your dog bark way more than the shelter or breeder led you to believe? Does he bark at inappropriate times all day and night? If you are looking for tools and solutions to train your dog to stop barking, you're probably finding a lot of information about bark collars, also known as anti-bark collars. As training devices, all bark collars interrupt unwanted behavior such as barking so that you can redirect your dog. Each...Read more

4 Humane Ways to Control Dog’s Barking

Barking is one of the most annoying behaviors that dogs have, but you can’t fault them for it. That’s how they communicate when (they think) something is wrong, when (they think) they need something, and when they’re excited about something or someone (you’re home!).  How can you humanely stop a dog from annoying barking, or train him to bark when you want him to? If there are two things we want you to take away...Read more

Who Do I Call to Complain About a Neighbor’s Barking Dog?

What are the most annoying sounds to the human ear? Fingernails on a chalkboard, car alarms, squeaking brakes, microphone feedback, mosquitoes and flies, and … excessive barking dogs, according to several surveys we found. And when it’s someone else’s dog that’s barking excessively? The annoyance factor can be off the charts. Whether you’re just starting your research for tools to help you stop a barking dog, or you’ve reached your whit’s end and feel you’ve...Read more

What Is the Best Bark Collar? Maybe It’s Not a Collar At All

Anti-bark collars are devices that dogs wear around their necks so their owners or trainers can correct unwanted behaviors. To answer the question about the best bark collar, you have to understand what bark collars are, what types there are and how they work. The best fit for you and your dog depends on how much time and effort you commit to train your dog, as well as what your dog can tolerate. And, after reading...Read more

How to Stop Your Dog Barking at Neighbors

You really don’t want to be that neighbor, do you? The one with the noisy dog that turns neighbors into “frenemies”?  If your dog is harassing your neighbors and barking constantly, it’s probably for a “good” reason: She has one job — to protect her territory. Your dog is not barking at neighbors because she hates them — that’s not the reason! Dogs tend to bark more when they are at home for this reason; they’re protecting...Read more