Owning a dog is great, and it’s comforting for you to have a dog in your home. Sometimes, however, your dog can get a bit too vocal. Barking is your dog’s way of expressing feelings, nerves, anger, and even excitement. Excessive barking can be a nuisance to neighbors, and that can cause some problems in your community. Luckily, there are ways to reduce, if not eliminate, your dog’s barking. Here are some safe, and effective ways to reduce your dog’s loud barking.
Yelling at your dog to stop barking is a common way people try to get their dogs to stop barking. The idea behind it is to discourage the behavior enough so that the dog doesn’t bark. You shout at your dog every time he barks or use a strong “No!” command. Yelling at your dog is only useful if you want him to be afraid of you. In other words, it may not be your best bet. Another drawback could be that the dog will just think you are joining in on his barking and will likely continue.
However, yelling at the dog is what is called “Positive punishment” by behaviorists according to Real Science. It does have a temporary effect, that is, causing your dog to stop what he is doing at that moment. Because it is a very nonspecific correction and only teaches the dog to not do that thing while you are there, it can seriously backfire on you.
The Bark Collar
These are collars that are specially designed to get your dog to stop barking. There are two types of shock bark collars on the market. The first are those that work on the vibrations of the dog’s voice, and others that work by sound. The shock bark collar works by sending a small shock, stimulation, pulse, or vibration to the contact points of the dog’s neck. The dog receives the correction as he continues to bark, and associates the shock with the barking. Shock bark collars are frequently used as a way to stop a dog barking when the owner hasn’t properly trained their dog, they’re looking at animal control fining them, or other methods have failed. Using these collars should be a last resort when all other types of Long Island animal training have failed and you’re faced with losing your dog.
Squirting with Water
Buy yourself a squirt bottle and fill it with some water and vinegar. Animal training Long Island recommends boarding and training your dog for at least a week to get the maximum effects instead of having to use this approach. Wait for your dog to bark and then squirt him in the rear with the squirt solution. The idea is to take a step back from the swatting and have the positive punishment be more impersonal. Squirting your dog with a squirt bottle is useful only if you’re home. Otherwise, it does no good because you’re not there to administer the correction. If there is no one there to dissuade your dog from barking, he’s likely to bark away while you’re not there to chase him around with a water bottle. However, if you are home to administer the correction, it can be safely effective. Over time, your dog will learn to know what the bottle means before you even pull the trigger.
The Can Rattle
Rattling a can that is filled with pennies, or some other pieces of metal is a method of dog training Long Island that can be effective to help train your dog not to bark. Simply place four to six pennies and an empty soda can and some tape. You put the pennies into the pop can and tape over the opening.
When your dog barks, you rattle and throw the pop can in the direction of your dog, being very careful not to hit him. Having several of these lined up helps because you’ll probably be using them every time your dog barks. Your dog will be startled by the noise and find it unpleasant. Your pup will be sure to stop whatever he is doing. This method is effective when you’re home, but is unlikely to be effective when you leave the house. The effectiveness wanes as your dog becomes less bothered by the rattle sounds if used too much.
Rewarding the Quiet
A great method to help your dog from barking too much is to just sit with him and practice quiet. Simply sit in front of him and make a knocking sound on the floor. When he barks, reward him with a treat. Do this several times over. For round two, make the knocking sound, but when your dog barks, make a “shh” sound and cover your mouth with one finger. When he stops barking, reward him with another treat. Your dog will learn that when you “shh” sound, he is supposed to stop barking.
There are many other methods to get your dog to stop barking. If you would like anymore suggestions, feel free to contact Long Island dog training anytime!