Yes and no. Yes, barking is a necessary language dogs use to communicate. But what if your dog barks all the time or at inappropriate times? What if they bark instantly when the mailman arrives, when they want food, when they are looking for attention, when they are bored and for no obvious reason at all?
Dogs that bark all the time can get annoying and obnoxious to your neighbors and even to you. It can also scare those who are a bit afraid of dogs.
How To Teach Your Dog To Quit Constantly Barking
First, you need to teach your dogs to ‘speak’ before you can teach them to ‘quiet.’ Keep treats handy to get them ready for their training sessions. We have an excellent selection of delicious treats that may also help boost and support your dog’s health. Be sure to check them out here.
If you want to use a clicker for training or have used it before, make sure your dog learns and remembers its sound. First, click and reward only, then move up to commands and new things.
To teach them to ‘speak,’ figure out a trigger for barking. It can be as easy as a doorbell. When they ‘speak’ (bark), reward them with a treat.
Once they know how to ‘speak,’ you can teach them to ‘quiet.’ Trigger a bark or wait until they bark on their own, then say ‘quiet’ while sticking a treat in front of their nose. Don’t give them the treat until they stop. Once they stop barking reward them with a treat, a verbal praise, and if you are using it, a click. Each time they stop barking, reward them.
As they get better, keep increasing the time they get a reward. Eventually, you can decrease the times you give them a treat, but always praise them verbally for the good job done.
With practice, your dog will learn how to stop barking immediately upon the ‘quiet’ command. They will also get better at not barking for every little thing and at inappropriate times.
Is your dog a barker? What helps you to quiet them down? Share your experiences in the comments section.