How to Stop Your Dog From Barking ?
Owning a dog is one of the best feelings in the world and it has lots of benefits to the owner both emotionally and physically. First of all, your dog becomes one of your closest friends and provides you companionship all the time. After a day of busy work in the office, what else could make you feel better than your dog waiting at home and showering you with all his affection, right? Besides other mental health benefits such as reduced loneliness, low-stress level, and increased socialness, a dog also provides physical benefits like reduced cholesterol level and blood pressure level to the owner. However, not everything might go as nice as it sounds always. Having a dog brings you joy and cheer of course but at the same time, it also brings responsibility and potentially some problems. One of those problems is having a dog barking more than usual levels. There are lots of problems that can trigger this behavior. It can disturb neighbors making too much noise for example. It can make bypassers uncomfortable if they fear dogs. It can disturb you and your guests too while you are trying to have a chill night. So, a simple-looking problem that your dog might have can disturb more people than you think. But don’t worry, below you can find everything you need to deal with this problem!
Tip 1 Avoid Shouting
You should always avoid shouting to your dog because shouting is understood as something negative among humans but among dogs, it can easily mean that you are showing agreement with your dog or even that you are encouraging him because you are giving the attention that he was asking for with his barking.
Tip 2 Ignore It
Another thing you can do is just to ignore it. I know it sounds too simple but this is actually related to social psychology. It is a phenomenon called negative reinforcement. Simply put, your dog expects you to pay attention to his barking when he barks actually. So, by ignoring this behavior you are removing the expected result of barking, which in this case for him is attention. With this method, in a way you are punishing your dog by removing something favorable from him.
Tip 3 Remove The Cause And Distract Your Dog
Excessive barking may result from a variety of reasons. It can occur because of territorial protection, fear, boredom, loneliness, need for attention and separation anxiety. To remove the cause, you have to detect it first. Most of the time the reason why dogs bark is pretty obvious and the reason is easily detectable but if your dog is barking out of nothing, it is likely that he is barking out of boredom. In such a case, trying to change your dog’s attention to something else might help. If your dog keeps barking, you can introduce him to an item that will distract him from what he is doing at the moment. This item can be anything that will distract him from barking. So, it can vary from a toy to a stick that you have found while taking a walk with your dog. After you detect the cause, you can try removing it. One example of removing the cause can be that if your dog is barking to someone outside while he is inside, you can block his view by closing the curtains or removing him from whatever that makes him bark. It is simple as that but is forgotten by the dog owners sometimes.
Tip 4 Reward Silence
You can also try implementing positive reinforcement. I know it sounds a bit sciency but it wouldn’t hurt to know why these methods actually work, right? Assuming your answer is yes, here is the definition. Positive reinforcement occurs when you introduce some kind of reward to reinforce a certain behavior. This is related to our case because you can reward your dog with a little treat when s/he stops barking. While doing that, at the same time you can also try to use the command ‘quite’ to make your dog stop barking. There are a couple of reasons why you should teach your dog the ‘quite’ command. First is, because you will be using the same word consistently and repeatedly, he will learn the word ‘quite’ and will associate with the real meaning of the word if followed by a treat when your dog actually gets quite. While you are giving the ‘quite’ command by your voice, you can also use your body language by holding your finger to your lips. This would work better because dogs learn body language faster than given voice commands, which means when the two are combined they are more effective. So, after following these processes for some time, (depending on your dog’s age, previous training and so on) your dog will eventually learn the ‘quite’ command and link treats with silence so that he will stop barking. At least that’s what we hope for :).
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