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.
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
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:
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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.