Positive Training To Stop Dog BarkingThey say 'a barking dog doesn't bite' but I am yet to meet anyone who hasn't been convinced otherwise every time some fine specimen of the canine family has bared its fangs and yelped and snarled. Dogs and barking dogs, if you ask my opinion, they are two different species all together and while the first can be petted and cuddled and given biscuits to the latter approach with caution or run from them. Most barking dogs are quiet the activity master, every time they open their mouth they make something happen, either your mailman leaves, or your neighbor shuts his window and oh yes, yells out something nasty or your head splits into a thousand aching pieces, like I said they are quite the activist. For them though activism isn't as a rule appreciated by the average idle individual, to survive among humans you are expected to be on leash like the dogs. Thus all barking dogs need to be quieted and difficult though that task is it needs to be done. Dogs bark, just like cats mew and people make promises ... it's just something they do when they want something done. It begins to become a problem however when your dog refuses to stop barking despite your telling him to. Begin your training with a simple command like 'speak' or 'bark' and pat him and give him a cookie when he woofs a bit. Now tell him 'enough' or 'that's it' as soon as his woofing increases and immediately plop a cookie into his mouth, he won't have a choice but to stop, food has often made the best of men seal their lips so what's a dog! Yes use positive reinforcement to train your dog to quit barking. Once this regime settles in your dog will soon pick up what "enough" or "that's it" means. In case he doesn't and continues to bark despite your command give a sharp tug on his collar and say "Enough" in a rebuking, no-nonsense voice. He will soon learn that that's his cue to stop. Now this training will take a good number of weeks to really start working. Make sure you don't give up mid way. A few dogs are by nature a little fond of making and barking noise so these will take more doing than the others. If his misbehavior has anything to do with his feeling left or depressed out, while training consider. Dogs are very sensitive psychologically and little things which you might not even notice might affect them. See if you are leaving your dog alone too long, or if he is going hungry, if you keep him outside in his kennel at night bring him to sleep indoors for a few days and see if there is any change in his attitude. Barking dogs are in many ways like cranky crying babies (except the teeth and fangs part though) and they need proper attitude training to bring them back to acceptable track, but they also need time, attention and loving, so make sure your training is a right mix of all of these.
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