There are a number of things you can do to stop dog barking. If you let your dog bark all the time, you’ll soon become a nuisance to your neighbors. Here are some things to try:
1. Walk Away
One technique to stop dog barking is to quickly say “no” and then walk away, ignoring the dog. The dog will take note and begin to associate you ignoring him with barking. This works well with dogs that especially need your attention.
2. Spray Your Dog
An alternative to the swat is spraying your dog with water. You can buy a couple of spray bottles from your local supermarket and fill them with water. Keep one with you at all times during the day. When your dog barks, spray it on the nose in a way that will get its attention. You’ll only be wasting your time and energy if you spray too lightly. On the other hand, you don’t want to spray so hard that you cause pain or injury. Use your judgment and remember that the goal is to have your dog associate a negative effect with barking. If the dog is threatening you by growling or showing teeth, don’t spray it, because he may bite you. Wait for the next opportunity to resume training.
3. Barking Collar
There are situations where swatting and spraying just don’t work. In those cases,you may have to use an anti-barking dog collar instead. The collars also use the principle of cause and effect. When the dog barks, the collar gives it a small electric shock, releases an unpleasant smell (to the dog) or emits a high pitched sound. You’ll have to make a decision as to which, if any, of the barking collars are appropriate for your dog, based on the severity of the barking and your dog’s temperament. You might also find barking collars offensive or cruel, and opt to try other methods of training.
4. Walk Your Dog
Excessive pet containment is a huge reason why many dogs don’t stop barking. Living in an apartment is no excuse to not walk your dog. You have to let your dog get fresh air and exercise. Schedule time to walk your dog or hire a pet service to walk it for you. You can also rotate this chore with your teens and other family members who are able to handle your dog on a short walk.
5. Provide Toys
Boredom is another reason that dogs bark, especially when you’re gone all the time. You can remedy the situation by providing toys for them to play with. You can put food in some toys so that the dog spends time trying to get the food out. This will keep it occupied for long stretches of time so that it forgets to bark.
Consistent training is the key to stop dog barking. If you start and stop any of these methods, your dog will just ignore you and keep barking away.