How do I get my dog to stop barking for no reason?

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My Aussie just constantly barks throughout the night and some through the day at nothing. I know it’s nothing because I have 2nd Aussie and she doesn’t bark unless someone is really outside the door or porch. Is using a muzzle the only method?

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4 Responses to “How do I get my dog to stop barking for no reason?”

  1. Alley P says:

    Try one of the vibration collars, it doesn’t hurt them at all, but i have heard this is a common problem in aussies.Try one of the vibration collars, it doesn’t hurt them at all, but i have heard this is a common problem in aussies. Contrary to what one of the other answers said, it isn’t necessarily because he needs something, it is most likely due to anxiety or stress. One thing i would highly recommend NOT doing is petting him or giving him any attention at all when he does this, even if he stops for a while well your petting him you would only be nurturing the behaviour.

    And ya extra exercise is ALWAYS beneficial, but i wouldn’t blame yourself for these issues.

  2. Kaylee says:

    shock collar?

  3. Only 1 says:

    Most likely not getting enough exercise, attention or affection. Dogs do not "bark for no reason" it’s just a matter of whether or not their human is smart enough to figure out what the problem is.

    My understanding of the breed is that they need a LOT of exercise and activity. Isn’t the breed a "herding" dog?

    Yeah, I was right:

    “For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their inherent versatility and trainability. While they continue to work as stockdogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and drive, and usually needs a job to do. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, flyball, and frisbee. They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs. And, above all, they can be beloved family companions.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_shepherd

    ANY issues with a dog is ALWAYS the fault of the human. You have a HERDING dog lying around all day and think they’re ok with that?

    Give the dog a job.

  4. Taylor Allen says:

    .The answer is simple: dogs bark because they are telling you something, communicating with other dogs, or expressing an emotion. You’ve probably seen your dog with another dog at some point and watched how they interact. Dogs will bark at each other when they play or are just hanging out together. Unfortunately, we are only able to guess at the meaning of this barking behavior. However, when dogs interact with humans, the meaning of their bark is a little easier to understand. A simple way to understand barking as it relates to people is to compare it to a baby crying.

    Why do dogs bark at nothing? They don’t. It may seem like there is no reason for the barking behavior, but that is not always the case. When you feel that your dog is barking for no reason, start to consider the possibilities. Are they hurt, hungry, ready to go for a walk or have them spotted someone outside your home? We may not notice some of these smaller things going on around us, but your dog will. If your dog is barking at the walls or at something non-existent, there my even by a psychological or health reason for the barking, so you may even want to have your dog checked out by the vet.

    Why do dogs bark nonstop? Try watching your dog to figure out what the meaning of their bark is. Often, if you watch them, a dog will point with their nose in the direction of whatever it is they want while barking at the same time. If you notice that your dog is barking nonstop and standing right next to the cupboard where you keep your doggie treats, then you’ve just figured out on your own what he or she wants! Dogs frequently show this behavior, and it’s up to each owner to pay close attention to their pet to figure out what their bark is telling them. Barking non-stop means that there is a need not being met. In some cases, training will be required to curb the behavior, because that need may not be met all day every day.

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