Stop Dog Barking
Learn to stop dog barking.
A dog’s excessive barking is pretty hard to stop. The best way to approach this is as a puppy. If this is not an option there are some techniques that have been proven to work. Barking is one of the hardest behaviors to break because this is an instinctual habit. Sometimes the excessive barking can be caused by the dog being lonely, bored, frustrated or frightened. Part of dog’s instincts is to protect their pack leader. If a dog hears a noise that sounds threatening or alarming, the dog will respond usually by barking and growling. Because we as humans do not have the same super sensitive hearing we don’t always hear the noise our dogs are barking at. This is a serious problem for some breeds especially smaller ones. Small dogs are a little bit more jumpy and more irritated by noises than larger dogs are.
The best way to stop dog barking is to make sure that your pet is kept active and socialized. If you stay cooped up all day and night, outside noises will start to sound odd and alarming. When your dog or puppy has no idea what’s going on outdoors it all sounds strange to them.
Once you stop dog barking, you can relax more while at home.
You as the pet owner must take your part in making sure that the dog is spending enough time playing and being stimulated enough to not have to worry about the goings on outside. If you exercise and mentally stimulate your dog, they will most likely sleep more and not pay attention to little noises. One of the best things to do with your dog is dog obedience training. It not only takes their mind off of the noises to bark at but it is teaching them valuable behaviors. Learning is a tiring process for dogs, as it is for humans. Most dogs really enjoy a fast paced, stimulating "game" of come, sit, heel, down, and stay. Come for affection, a festivity of praise and rewards. Don't let training become a boring and dull routine.
If your dog lives in the outdoors most of the time, they probably need "social exercise." They need walks around the neighborhood, so they can inspect all the sounds and smells that tempt them while they are in their yard. Bring them in the house when you are home. Dogs need to feel that they are part of your family. Having a big yard is not equal to having a well stimulated dog. You may see your dog running crazy around the yard, but this is not exercising at all. They are doing the doggy equivalent of pacing, fidgeting, or other forms of nervous activity. Provide your dog with fun things to occupy themselves, such as a shade/digging area or special hanging tire and other toys is a much better way to go.
Dogs and puppies are very social animals. And much like humans they need friends and companionships. You can take your dog to the same dog park regularly and let them make some dog-gone friends. Dogs romping around and playing together tire pretty quickly and will sleep while recovering from the good, lasting play sessions.
The bottom line for trying to break a dog from obsessive barking is to try to stimulate the dog as much as possible. The more your dog does as far as exercise and play the less likely they are to lie around and jump at every single noise outside. Also the dog can become a little bit nervous. Jumpy behavior is present in most small dogs and a little bit of this is to be expected. Random barking and excessive barking are not however and should be treated as bad behavior. Don’t yell at your dog for barking as this will only make them more nervous. The best way to stop excessive dog barking is by distraction.
We have found a guide that goes into this topic in depth and can help you stop this annoying behavior quickly and easily. This guide has proven to work time and time again. It is called Secrets to Dog Training and comes highly recommended by us. This guide will help you stop all your dog's bad behaviors such as barking. This guide has helped countless others and we highly recommend it.
The smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club is the Chihuahua; the largest is the Irish wolfhound.