Help My Dog Barks to Much
Stop Excessive Barking In Dogs
Barking is part of your dog’s normal and natural behavior especially when communicating. Dogs can bark for good reasons, such as when they hear an odd noise, or strangers approach our house. Most people want their dogs to be “watch dogs” but it becomes annoying when your dog bark excessively. To control this excessive barking in your dogs, you first need to understand why they are barking before finding possible solution to stop or reduce the barking.
Your Dog is Bored
Just like humans, they easily get bored and depressed once they get trapped in a routine they have to deal with on a daily basis. Once this happens, they will try to express their frustration by barking constantly, and sometimes, by scattering your flower beds. In short, barking is a way for your dogs to release stress and frustration. If you’re not taking him for a walk in the afternoon, start doing so. Giving him some accessories to play with when you are not around can also reduce the barking. Sometimes, one simple toy is enough to keep him happy and distracted for hours.
Your Dog is Seeking Attention
If you start noticing that your dog barks a lot, ask yourself whether you have given him enough attention the past few days or weeks. Barking is usually a dog’s way of getting its owner’s attention. If you have been caught up at work lately and have not been able to spend more time with your pet, it’s a possible reason why your dog is barking excessively. Obviously, the best way to deal with this is to find time for your dog. Let your dog know that you have not forgotten him. At the same time, however, let your dog realize that barking will not help him get your attention. If he barks excessively, don’t reward him with your attention. If he stops barking and remains calm and quiet, that’s the time to praise him.
Your dog is Being Territorial
Some dogs easily differentiate visitors from intruders, but most dogs do not. If your dog barks at the postman or at a neighbor visiting your home, it’s simply because it is trying to protect its territory. This is a natural dog behavior, but it can be a problem if the dog fails to distinguish real intruders from guests or passers-by. A good way to deal with this is to introduce your dog to the neighbors. You or your neighbors or guests can give him treats if he behaves properly. At the same time, however, do not ignore your dog’s barking as it can be a valid distress call.
It would also be a good idea to take your dog to the vet to make sure his constant barking is not a result of some medical problem. An excellent way to control excessive dog barking is to train your dog to remember when to bark and when to stay quiet.
Teaching your puppies acceptable behaviors from the beginning is easier than changing behavior that has become a bad habit when they already matured.