Every dog owner will experience this in one way or another; the incessant and annoying barking of their lovely dogs. Here are 3 easy steps to follow to stop that from driving you up the wall.
Firstly It is important to understand that it is natural for your dog to bark. If you are, for some reason, hoping the barking will stop for good, you have the wrong pet! Dogs generally bark for a reason, such as alerting to danger or in response to a territory violation. Some dogs also bark as a result of poor socialization.
While you cannot teach your dog to never bark, you can however teach your dog certain instances where it is not acceptable to bark. And likewise, you can teach your dog the specific occasions where you do want it to bark. In fact, one of the standard dog training routines teaches your dog to bark or “speak” on command.
Introduce your dog to each situation one at a time. We suggest not mixing or combining no-bark situations. If your dog barks when the paper delivery person tosses the paper on your porch, you will need to be up with dog when this happens. When you dog barks, you can gently but firmly hold its muzzle shut and say, “no bark,” or any other command you want to train the dog to recognize in a strong, firm voice. Do not punish, scold, or otherwise rebuke your dog. Be sure to praise it for complying. You might even give it a treat.