How do I learn how to stop my dog from barking?

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Is there a way for him to stop barking besides ignoring him and using a muzzle? We’ve had him for about 2-3 weeks.

Thanks for you help!

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    11 Responses to “How do I learn how to stop my dog from barking?”

    1. Ashleigh G says:

      I think it is mean to have a zap collar..and inhumane. Muzzles are also not a good method. Have a bottle of water..and whenver they bark,,,just spray them ONCE…and then walk away. Dont say BADD DOGG..just spray them in the face..and then walk away. You will soon find that your dog isn’t barking. It will probably take around 3 days to notice a difference! But..you cant do it sometimes..everytime you hear her bark..spray her. And if someone is at the door…stand next to her..because dogs normally bark then..and just continue to spray until shestops!

    2. kissie623 says:

      bark collar works for me

    3. gentleannie says:

      unless he barks all night long leave him alone, I’m sure he doesn’t lay in the house barking 24/7, that is how they communicate, dogs bark, why would you muzzle a dog that is not violent, your doing a good job of ruining him in just a couple of weeks, it would be better to return him than make him like a toy that can’t do anything dogs do without the go ahead from us, the all perfect human, I don’t do thru all the stuff people on here try and make their dogs do, and mine really do nothing wrong I may use a stern voice once in awhile, but they get more kisses than stern voice, I don’t have to be a pack leader, thats my older greyhounds job she keeps them in line better than I ever could and I think they don’t do much wrong because instead of going ballistic when they do something wrong, I give them a hug & kiss when they do something right, do they do tricks when I try & teach them NO, but as the 3 sit there looking at me like I lost my mind they make me laugh and go do their dog thing and isn’t thats what we have them for, and they’ve never been sprayed with water or citranella or had a no bark collar, or kept outside when they want to be in their home, ore had their nose rubbed poop.

    4. bukinmier says:

      It depends on when your dog barks. If he barks because someone is walking by your house that is a good thing because it means your dog is trying to protect you. Let him bark a few time and tell him to "SHH!" If he doesn’t stop then hit him on the nose. Do this every time he barks until he gets that "shhh" means "be quiet!" =]

    5. maximom says:

      well if he is barking for no reason then you should put him in his cage until he learns that he is getting discipline every time he barks but maybe he got a reason to bark..

    6. kc♥ says:

      Your dog says " ouch the bark collar hurts! make it stop!" Now when a dog wants something to stop they? that’s right! they bark! so forget the collar and use some of these tips.

      Train Your Dog to Stop Barking

      Mostly, problem barkers bark because they are bored. Accustomed to a lot of attention, they don’t know how to behave when alone. More often than not, we have set this up ourselves. We want our dogs to be happy, so we spoil them: our dogs get treats and petting whenever they wish. It is entirely normal for owners to act this way and entirely normal for dogs to complain when they feel neglected.

      First of all, your dog must learn that barking for your attention doesn’t work. If he is unhappy outdoors and barking eventually makes you bring him in, he learns that barking gets results. If barking makes you yell at him, well, that’s better than nothing. "I’m bored. Maybe I can get them to yell at me again." Although yelling doesn’t work, negative reinforcement can still be useful. Perhaps a little story will help explain:

      As a veterinary student, I lived in the basement of an animal hospital. We did a lot of boarding, and there were occasionally dogs that barked at night. These dogs were warm and well-fed, with plenty of water. Their kennels were clean and dry. All they lacked was entertainment. I quickly learned that hollering "quiet" was useless. Here is what worked: I’d put a little water in a Dixie Cup and quietly stand in front of the barker, not saying a word. Within a minute or two the dog would bark again, whereupon I’d immediately dash the water in his face, turn around and go back to bed, all without saying a word. I’d usually have to do this two or three times the first night, once or twice the second night and maybe even once the night after that. Nearly always after the second or third night, peace and quiet.

      "Quiet" repeated calmly and clearly once or twice in a normal voice will teach your dog to associate the word with water in the face and with not barking. Later, in situations where he would ordinarily bark but stays quiet instead, calmly praise him.

      Barking and growling
      A dog that barks and growls and shows his teeth in a threatening way is getting ready to bite you. Do not squirt water up his nose. Do not threaten him. Consult with your veterinarian or dog psychologist.

      Barking while you are away
      Make sure you have done the basic things: See that your dog has food and water, and a comfortable place to relax where he can’t see people or other pets. If necessary, bring him indoors.

      More often than not, the problem barker has never learned to be alone. He is accustomed to lavish attention without having to earn it. He thinks he is the center of the world and upon finding himself abandoned he is distraught and he barks, what did you expect?

      Be a good role model.
      Believe it or not, the words you say mean nothing to a dog. What matters the way you say those words and the message delivered by your body language. When you overdo it by repeatedly reassuring your dog that everything is ok and you’ll be back soon, you are making things worse. Excitedly greeting the dog on your return reinforces the idea that staying alone for the day really is a big deal.

      Stop praising and petting your dog for doing nothing.
      This won’t be easy, but you’ve got to do it and the entire family must cooperate. For now at least, the only time you should even touch your dog is when he has responded correctly to a command. Teach him to sit. When he sits, a simple "good dog" and a pat on the head are praise enough. Slowly work up to longer sit times until your dog can be relied to sit and stay in all situations. Bonus: Your guests will appreciate this. Remember how Fido jumpes up on Aunt Emily? Many dog owners believe that since they enjoy this type of greeting, other people do too. This is seldom true.

      Practice being out of touch.
      Because you aren’t petting and stroking and fondling him all the time, your dog should be learning now that it’s ok to be "out of touch" for short periods. Get some good chew toys. Nylabones and Kongs are excellent. Let your dog become distracted with a chew toy, then calmly and quietly leave the room, closing the door behind you. Within a few minutes, preferably before your dog has become distraught about your absence, come back in and resume what you were doing. Move calmly, say nothing. When your dog rushes over to greet you, ignore him completely. Don’t say anything. Don’t even look at him. Your separation was completely unimportant to you, so it should be completely unimportant to your dog.

      Stop saying goodbye.
      You are ready now to leave your dog alone for the day. Start your morning schedule ten minutes early. Feed your dog and try to get him settled in with a chew toy. Get completely ready to walk out the door and then sit down with the newspaper. Ignore your dog completely. After several minutes of calm separation, quietly walk out the door and go to work. Do not say good bye, do not even look at your dog. You are leaving for the day. This is not a big deal. Your return home must be equally calm. Ignore your dog. No petting, no excited greeting. Change clothes or whatever. After he has settled down, acknowledge your dog by telling him to sit. Only then does he get a pat on the head and a simple "good dog". You were gone for the day. Remember, this is not a big deal.

      Give your dog something to do while you are gone.
      Dogs left alone during the day are in a terribly unnatural situation, isolated with nothing to do. Instead of barking and tearing up the house, your dog can keep himself busy by earning his food.

      Kong chew toys are hollow and open at the ends, leaving room for food or dog treats. Try putting a dog biscuit in there at first. Later you can pack with canned food and freeze, so it takes a long time for your dog to get the food out. To keep your dog busy while you’re gone, buy several Kongs and hide in various places. For this to work well, your dog must be hungry.

      If your dog is picky about what he eats and it’s kind of hard to find his ribs, your dog is overweight, and getting too much food.

      Instead of using Kongs, you can also find adjustable feeding balls which work with dry food. To get food, your dog must roll the ball around so food falls out through the holes. When adjusted properly, getting a full meal takes a long time. You might also try leaving the television on for entertainment while you are gone.

      When your dog barks, distract him.

    7. Stephen M says:

      Buy a shock coller (with a low voltage) to stop the bark.

    8. snicker says:

      You don ‘t say what breed he is or why and when he is barking. These things all make a huge difference. Some breeds just bark more than others . Also the the dog who believes himself to be the alpha dog in the family will bark more. The trick is you want him to bark a warning and then stop when you tell him do so. So………you need to make sure he knows u are the alpha dog. if you need help with this please ask that question

    9. Dr Doolittle says:

      You don’t say how old.

    10. JanelleRVT says:

      You can purchase bark collars, some are citronella collars that spray when the dogs bark (they hate the smell), there are also ones that give a small zap each time the dog barks. You may also want to take him to an obedience trainer.

    11. Jessica D says:

      I have a golden that barked alot… what I used to do was take a pop can and fill it with pe like 20-30 pennies. Every time he barks shake it… It will startle him… when he stops barking you reward (treat, toy or praise)
      Now my dog doesnt bark as much but now I just dissract him before he barks.

      Also you should probably add more details… what it barks at, what breed it is, ect…

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