How to Reduce Dogs Barking Effectively?

It goes without saying that dogs barking, after all, we cannot expect a soft nightingale singing from them. However, if your dog doesn’t make this an appropriate time and place, it can drive you and neighbors crazy. Prior to the cessation of unwanted audio broadcast, the first step is to assess why the dog barks. Let’s walk around the subject a bit.

Find Out Why Your Dogs Barking

I always follow that principle that solving a problem is impossible without exploring the causes. First of all, we have to recognize that the barking belongs to the basic nature of dogs. It’s also clear; the frequent barking can be more typical in some breeds than others.

To say the truth, a surprisingly large number of things might be the reason of barking. I used to ask my family members – if I wasn’t at home – when, under what circumstances, how and until what time our dogs barked. If no one wasn’t home during the day, I inquired the neighbors.

This way, they can see that I try to solve the problem. Possibly, you may record the happenings with a tape recorder or a video camera in your absence as well. Either way, if you manage to find the cause of the barking, the answer is self-evident in most cases.

As you perhaps know, the canines act similarly to your babies and kids. Namely, if a change occurred in their mood or physical situation, your children produce sounds. And you’re able to interpret that signal and do accordingly.

The dogs also send a sound message to us people for similar reasons. The things may be a little more difficult with them because your pooches doesn’t communicate that notice toward you in your human language. But, if you devote time to observe the intensity and the pitch of barking in different situations, you are doing a great step forward.

Solutions to Cease Dogs Barking

Different-dogs-barking-distinct-wayMy friend, be aware that our dogs don’t perceive their barking as some reprehensible act. The truth is that they are making the effort to communicate with us and other dogs. Behind their barking is a well definable reason always.

Your dog might be alerting you to some happening; he interprets as a possible threat against you or your property. Alternatively, they could indicate to you their pleasure, fear, sorrow or boredom. Or merely they are thirsty because their water is out of stock. And let’s face; it can easily happen in the current summer heat.

Is your doggie inside a strong fenced yard or linked with lead closely to something disruptive? I mean heavy traffic, deafening kids, construction, car racing track, airport or maybe a train might be distracting for your animal. And finally, he believes it’s essential for you to hear his warning.

Another option is that he may be antagonized against your neighbor’s noisy children. Whatever these outside sources appear to be the issue, you need to try locating your pet off of the irritating area. Then keep him in a special section of your yard. Another option is keeping him indoors throughout times when outdoor activities brin about issues.

My friend, before you begin the cessation of unnecessary barking, start the education of your dog with the basic commands. I mean to teach him such commands like “Sit” or “No” and similars. You can start to perform obedience exercises in occasions when your dogs begin to bark.

You cannot be successful without these. Please, do not jump plunge into the middle of things immediately. If your dog knows and performs these perfectly, then go for the cessation process!

WARNING! Never yell at your dog if your goal is to stop barking. Your shouting means the “human barking” in his eyes! With this reaction, you will emphasize that you agree to this method of communication and accept it. The result will be more barking, and that’s not what you would like.

For example, if your dog is barking wildly to the postman get used to “sit” and apply positive reinforcement if behaves right. With sufficient investment of time and patience, most dogs can be trained to bark only with permission or just in specific circumstances.

Those dogs that bark while guarding, normally become silent after the threat had disappeared. Some dog “protects” the house because he isn’t sure to whom the arrival of visitors depends. In such cases, it is important to teach your dogs; you are controlling the visitors (although the protecting behavior of your dog remains if he is home alone).

Another example: the attention-seeking dogs barking to be noticed. And when someone is approaching them, they stop the bark. It can be particularly troublesome if a dog is barking when you are talking to someone. The reason for this is that your dogs feel excluded at this time.

Stop Barking Devices

In the case when not one of the previously discussed stuffs caused the issue, you might be forced to apply a bark collar. Although you can find plenty of variations and manufacturer company names, three main types of bark collars exist out there.

There are so called “spray” collars, and they are a well-liked device. The working system is the following: you put the collar with the spray device on your dog’s neck. The spray device contains around 3 ounces of spray and works with a 6 Volt battery.

When your dog barks, he gets a bad smelling (for himself) skirt from the device. Most of the dogs – like us, people – doesn’t prefer bad smelling thing skirted to under their chin. The skirting will terminate or decrease the unpleasant barking.

This handling just isn’t inhuman or grievous for your doggie. Apart from that there’s some controversy. Namely, there may be some obstinate canines, which might be mulish enough to realize what’s happening, neglect the spray and bark further.

The next group in the row of the barking reducing devices is the ultrasonic collar. Many dog owners prefer this tool. It generates a tone and a vibration together to warn your dog. The tone is audible only to dogs because its range not reaches the human hearing level.

It’s automatically increasing the intensity of the vibration and the sound to a level that is sufficient for the canine to stop barking. Using this method is humane and doesn’t harm your dog. But, I’ve to say, the success with this device is reckoning on the willful of your pet. In other words, it’s either working or not for your dog.

Another barking stop equipment group is the so-called ‘shock’ collars. These devices have a metal contact with the dog neck. When the dog barks, the collar emits a slight, non-hazardous electrical stimulation to him. Its operation is as gradual like the sonic collars. If the dog doesn’t stop barking, the device increases the intensity of the shock in multiple levels until he discontinues.

Naturally, as with any things in life, there is some debate around the shock collars. There are people who believe that giving this kind of ‘shock’ to their dog – even it’s harmless – is morally objectionable. I think; a consultation with your vet and dog behavior specialist can eliminate your doubts on to use them or not.

We, as the owners hold the responsibility to look for why they’re dismal and assist in easing their concern. We have to learn how to teach them in situations when their anxieties aren’t established. So, consider the bark collar as your usable training device.

Conclusion

I’d like to recommend you to start with discovering the reasons of barking. If you have related knowledge and time as well as patience, then teach your dog not to bark if it’s not necessary.

In the absence of those, or if I’d have aversion toward barking collars, I’d consult a proficient trainer or my veterinarian to gather related advices. Moreover, I wouldn’t miss the possibilities of socialization and obedience classes provided in dog schools.

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Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow