I love my dogs, but what I don’t love is their constant barking..at doorbells, weird noises, packages, people, other dogs, the list goes on! If your ears suffer like mine try these four approaches to help your dog from barking so much.
A quiet zone
Anti-stress and bark control equipment
Why dogs bark
Before taking steps to control your dog’s barking, it is important to recognize why they bark. Barking is dogs’ most useful type of communicating, and serves an assortment of functions.
Alarm barking isn’t restricted to defending territory.
Attention-Seeking Barking: used to get rewards or attention, like food or playtime. Greeting barking is followed by relaxed body language and a wagging tail.
Compulsive Barking: repetetive barking frequently accompanied by a repetitive motion, such as pacing
Socially Facilitated Barking: aka”response barking,” when a dog barks too only when they hear a different puppy bark.
Odds are, you realize your dog in one of the aforementioned. As soon as you understand your dog’s motivation for barking, you can identify tools and tricks to prevent it.
1. Use sight barriers
Territorial and alert barking occur when dogs see or hear something which arouses their focus (that is why so many dogs bark in the living room window or across the fence). The fastest trick to stop barking in the window or at the lawn is to deal with the environment. Block your dog’s sightline to possible barking triggers.
In the lawn, use privacy fencing to cut off views to neighboring lawns or the road. Industrial quality privacy screening installs over your current fence and may be permitted in your rental unit. If you have your house and seek a long-term, attractive alternative, consider planting privacy hedges to decorate and bark-proof the lawn.
Inside, leave the drapes or blinds closed, or use spray-on glass coating or removable plastic film which makes windows opaque. This inexpensive static cling window film allows the light in, but blurs and cubes sights from outside.
Handle the environment, and block your pet’s sightline to possible barking triggers.
2. Establish a doggy quiet zone
If your dog barks when you leave the home (which could be a indication of separation anxiety), then establish a safe and quiet place for them away from the front door. This might be a back bedroom, laundry room, or spare room.
Your doggy quiet zone may comprise:
A cage decked out with a comfortable bed and solitude cover, or a baby gate to block off other regions
A stuffed Kong toy or puzzle feeder to keep them occupied (and keep their mouth occupied with something aside from barking!)
A white noise machine to hide outside sounds and create soothing soundscapes
If you reside in a smaller house and can not isolate your dog in a room, think about crate-training and utilizing a cage cover which allows plenty of airflow while restricting sightlines.
3. Bark management and anti-stress devices
Because of improvements in technology and a broader knowledge of dog behavior, there are a number of products on the market that effectively control barking at a gentle, humane way.
Ultrasonic bark deterrent devices work by emitting an ultrasonic noise that dogs find disagreeable, which startles them from barking. Reviews of ultrasonic anti-bark apparatus are blended; some dogs do not respond to them, and others are too sensitive to what’s basically a correction. However, for some dogs, these are extremely effective.
A humane alternative to shock collars of yore, the citronella spray bark collar uses a burst of citronella spray to remove or reduce excess barking. Dogs do not like the flavor of citronella, and the”shhh” sound and feeling startles them from barking.
Loaded with dog-soothing pheromones, these collars can help stressed dogs calm down, and decrease anxious barking.
There are tons of tools and tricks you can use to help control your dog’s barking, but they all are more effective in combination with training. A few Important commands can help control barking:
Remember . Useful to call your dog from barking triggers (such as the doorbell ringing, or a neighbor dog out )
“Speak.” Yup, training your dog to bark on command can help teach them not to bark at other times, particularly when paired with another command on this listing.
“Settle: or”silent” See above video to get an adorable example! Useful for keeping your pet otherwise occupied when a barking trigger is nearby.
You may even work with a coach to practice desensitization methods that help your dog become accustomed to barking triggers and finally quit responding. Training takes patience and consistency, but the long-term benefits are worth it!
Barking can be a real pain in the ears, however, the perfect mix of training and tools will help your dog learn when to keep silent.