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How to prevent a dog from barking?

If you want to understand why your dog is constantly barking and learning how to remedy it, here are the real solutions to your problem!

First of all, you must understand that you will never completely prevent a barboy dog, except if you inflict the stress and pain of an anti-barking necklace, which will quickly regulate (but at what price?) your problem. On the other hand, if you want to understand why your dog is constantly barking and succeeding in limiting its barking by soft and respectful methods of your dog, here are the real solutions to your problem.

Understand why my dog ​​barks

Before preventing a barboy dog, it must be understood why it acts as well and identifies what pushes it to adopt this behaviour that can, I grant you, to be a strand annoying.

To understand, we must ask themselves three simple questions:

Is it punctual or untimely?

Is my dog ​​enough spent?

What are the triggers?

At the end of this questioning, the result is clear:

Either your dog barks from time to time, and it’s quite normal since it is a means of communication (among others) for him,

either it is excessively in which case, and it hides an evil (anxiety, frustration, request for attention, etc.),

Either your dog is bored, is not stimulated enough and then use the barking to exteriorize and let off steaming its full energy,

Either your dog has a very (too much) marked guard instinct and/or very strong responsiveness (especially due to a lack of socialization) and barks at the slightest noise that it considers suspect.

Find suitable solutions

With each problem its solution, so it is necessary to target the heart of the problem to find the best possible solution. To do this, it is sometimes necessary to use a canine behavioural educator to accompany you in the resolution of your worry.

But in any case, here are some tracks in which you will inevitably find answers and especially solutions to improve the daily life of your dog:

Identify and posit the triggers.

If your dog barks to warn you of a danger, it is rather a good thing, but if it falls to the slightest still sheet that flies in front of your window, it’s much less useful.

You must identify the item (s) that trigger the barking of your dog and then install them a maximum using activities that your dog loves to assimilate the situation that triggers it to a situation he appreciates and in which he feels good.

I explain: dogs are afraid of what they do not know. Fear is different in every dog ​​, but often, barking is the first shield they come out to protect themselves. So, if your puppy does not have, up to about three months, lived as many positive experiences, heard full of different noises, encountered a multitude of individuals, etc. It will not have enough resources, baggage and recesses necessary to judge the dangerousness or the contrary of the banality of a situation.

In any case, for positive desensitization and habituation processes, it is recommended to be helped by a professional. Simply to avoid aggravating the problem. The slightest mistake can actually bring your dog to be even more responsive.

Spend your dog

The base to avoid the excessive behaviours of a dog is to meet his needs. A dog who is spent sufficiently does not need to express insistently and often to disturb his too much energy.

So, occupy your dog, spend it out, propose him stimulating activities like:

walks outside the garden every day, several times a day (morning and evening)

Occupation and intelligence toys at home: Kong, Course / Search for treats, excavation mats, etc.

Learning Tricks,

The practice of a sports activity: Cani-Cross, Agility, Treiball, Ring, Obe-rhythm, Flyball, Tracking, etc.

To learn the indication “shut up.”

Finally, you can also teach your dog to shut up. But beware, this can only work if the two previous tips have also been followed and applied.

Indeed, ask a dog to shut up while the barking seems to be him the only possible outcome at his discomfort. It’s a bit limited. You will agree!

To learn a dog to shut up, the best solution is to teach him to bark. If if, I assure you, it is a technique in its own right. Clearly: When your dog barks, tell him “barking” (you can even add a gesture with your hand) and give him a treat. Repeat this several times. When he stops, say “stop” or “shut up” (what does the word matter as long as it’s always the same) and give him a treat.

It’s clear, a bit like a self-control game where you turn on and off the button that, here, corresponds to the barking of your dog.

Here, the most important thing is to play on the intonations, so your dog actually understands the message you want to make him pass: “Barose” in an acute tone and “shut up” with a firm and severe tone. Feel free to exaggerate your posture as well as your intonation so that the nuance is real.

Do not answer all his requests for attention.

Finally, it can happen that a dog understands that barking is a very good way to attract the attention of his master. He uses and then abuses this technique to get all the favours of his human. In this case, it is important that you are patient and determined, totally ignoring your dog. Ignore a dog is, I remind him, do not look at him, do not touch him or talk to him.

Attention, this approach only works if, parallel to that, you initiate the contacts and properly spend your dog (as seen previously).

If, after a few days having maintained this attitude, your dog ceasing little by barking is that his bark was just a way to capture your attention.

To conclude

Here is a summary of the good and, on the contrary, bad things to do in order to prevent his dog from barking:

What you should not do :

Shout stronger than him to silence it,

To inflict an anti-barking necklace,

Scolded when he expresses his discomfort,

Systematically respond to his requests for attention.

What to do :

Understand why he barks,

Strengthen good behaviour,

Spend it physically, mentally, socially, and in an olfactory way,

To divert it towards an activity he appreciates,

Use a professional if needed.


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