How to Stop Dog Barking – 3 Things Not to Do

How to Stop Dog Barking
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When it comes to figuring out how to stop dog barking, one of the most important things is to know why they bark. Because it’s so important, we ask you to read the post titled “Why Does My Dog Bark?” before you start any type of bark training.

This is kind of like how you would decide what a test is going to be about before you study. In the example of the test, if you study the wrong material perfectly, you’re probably still going to fail the test. In the case of dog bark training, you can follow bark training instructions perfectly, but still not be successful if those training steps were for a different reason than the reason that your dog is barking.

Now, no matter what the reason is for your dog barking, you still need to avoid the three things that we will talk about in this post.

Even though this first one seems like a no brainer, the truth is that most dog owners still do it. They do it because it’s natural. When your dog starts barking, everyone thinks that yelling at your dog is how to get your dog to stop barking. The usual things that people say are “Be Quiet!”, “Shut Up!”, or worse…

Now you may be asking yourself, “How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking If I Don’t Yell At Them?” Most owners think this is the ONLY way to get their dog’s attention.

How to Stop Dog Barking

This is so far from true! Yelling at your dog is actually making your dog’s barking worse! Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Your Dog Thinks You’re Barking With Them. That makes it fun for your dog so they keep doing it
  • They Have Succeeded in Getting Your Attention. That really might be all that they want and the more you give them, the more they will bark
  • As Funny As It Sounds, They Might Actually Think You’re Competing With Them For Who Is Louder. You guessed it, they will probably start barking EVEN LOUDER

Although it can be frustrating to figure out how to stop dog barking, it’s a lot easier when you understand what not to do. Just by not doing these things, you might even completely solve your dog’s excessive barking problem. Of course, that’s not guaranteed and there usually is some kind of training involved, but this is a great start!

We will go into more detail on why you shouldn’t yell at your dog to stop their barking with a new post and we’ll keep this page updated!

UPDATE: See our post on “Eliminate Dog Barking – Why Not to Yell at Your Dog”.

I know, I know. It’s hard enough just to find some time in our busy schedules to train our dog(s). But, I can promise you that when you do find the time, training is a lot easier if you make it fun. Not only is it easier for you, but it’s easier for your dog.

And, what does easier mean? It means that you can actually be successful in getting your dog to stop barking! It’s also more fulfilling. I know that might sound kind of cliche, but it’s true! This may be off topic a little bit, but getting frustrated and angry is really just a waste of energy. Using that energy in a positive way is so much better! Here’s why:

  • More Gets Done in a Positive Environment
  • You’re Less Stressed Which Is Healthier for Everyone Involved (Including Your Dog!)
  • You Really Will Enjoy Life and Precious Time With Your Dog More

 

Now, I’m no psychologist, but over the past three years or so since I really got into dog training, this is my favorite tip. Not only does it keep me from pulling my hair out, but it also helps me train my dog, Bella better.

I’ll just tell you a quick little story:

How to Stop Dog Barking with Heidi and Ipo

My girlfriend has two dogs, a Schnauzer and a Schnoodle, and every time I go over to her house, they used to bark like CRAZY. Now, the Schnauzer, Heidi, is 14 years old and deaf, and the Schnoodle, Ipo, is 8 years old and was abused by her previous owner.

This is obviously not the ideal situation for anyone! The barking got so bad that we almost didn’t want to ever hang out at her house anymore. However, we decided that we weren’t going to let Ipo and Heidi run our lives. So I set out to train Ipo and Heidi to stop barking!

I was super excited! It was going to go perfectly. I had my Humane Dog Bark Collar (a great training tool that really helped me be successful with Ipo in particular) and a training plan. Everything was going to go my way!

Of course, like many things in life, things didn’t go as planned. Naturally, I got frustrated and started to get a little upset that things weren’t going my way during training sessions. I didn’t know what to do anymore. Nothing was working!

Finally, I made one change to my training after watching a couple of videos on YouTube. Yup, you guessed it: I started to be super positive and encouraging in my training sessions with Heidi and Ipo.

You won’t believe the success that I had initially with just this small change! I only say initially because we ran into one more problem which I’ll explain in the next section. See, this stuff is important!

UPDATE: See the post titled “I Can’t Stand My Dog’s Barking – Make Trainings Fun” for more on this topic.

After years of training dogs and watching other people train dogs, you start to see some interesting patterns. Patterns like what works and what doesn’t, what to do and what not to do, and what ALWAYS makes things worse.

I’d like to share one of these patterns with you today. As you can probably guess, this is a pattern that ALWAYS makes things worse. It’s also something that I figured out the hard way when training Heidi and Ipo. Let me explain:

Continuing on from the last section, training with Heidi and Ipo was going great! Now that I switched to a positive upbeat training session, I was seeing the results that my girlfriend and I wanted. We thought we had figured out how to stop dog barking once and for all…

Then, the strangest thing happened. I would come back after not training Ipo and Heidi for a little while and they would bark non-stop again! It was confusing. What I realized was that while I was away, my girlfriend was not keeping up with the consistent rules we had put in place for Ipo and Heidi when it came to barking.

This was a HUGE mistake! But, just like we learned in the last lesson, I stayed positive and upbeat and we just started being consistent with the training. We agreed on what the best plan was and we both did it the same way.

This worked like a charm! Ipo and Heidi haven’t made a peep at me since.

If you want to learn more about the plans we put in place on how to stop dog barking, you can check out the free eBook that comes with our Humane Bark Collar. You can get one on Amazon by clicking below:

Humane Dog Bark Collar

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Final Thoughts on How to Stop Dog Barking

If there are any parting thoughts that I have before you go, it’s that there is no magic way on how to stop dog barking. However, I am going to tell you one thing:

Everything in this post will need to be done for you to be successful at training your dog to stop barking. Even though they sound super easy, they are really powerful. And, the best part is that they don’t just sound super easy, they ACTUALLY are! It just takes a small switch in the way you do things. I know you can do it!

I would love to hear what you thought about this post and what the biggest question you have about barking dogs is? Let me know in the comments below! My dad or I will write a post or a response to your comment as soon as we can. And, we’ll keep this page updated for everyone to have the best information on dog bark training! I can’t wait to see your comments.

Kevin Larrivee

Kevin Larrivee

Kevin is a life-long dog lover who loves sharing his dog training experience with others. Kevin finds the most excitement in answering questions that average dog owners have, especially if he doesn't know the answer! Continuous learning is what it is all about!

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