Do you know this situation: The front door rings. A friend you haven’t seen in a long time comes to visit. And then it starts, the barking. Your dog seems to be screaming the soul out of the body at the quiet struggle. You quickly open the door and see a panicked look. Little did you know your friend was scared of dogs and the barking still hasn’t stopped. What should you do?
Even if dogs are the Germans’ favorite pets, one of the four-legged habits makes life difficult for animal owners: constant barking. Regardless of whether it’s the doorbell, the neighbor’s dog or a quick goodbye to the owner – your dog always seems to have a reason to bark. As a dog owner, I know that the annoying habit often seems hopeless, but through targeted training I have even managed to stop my little pug from constantly barking dogs.
How do you begin to stop dogs barking?
It is important that you keep calm and do not give up. Like humans, dogs have to learn things first. So you shouldn’t be prepared to give him the habit of barking overnight. Before you start the actual training or targeted anti-barking measures, you should find out the reason for your dog’s constant barking. The four-legged friends have little opportunity to communicate directly with their master and therefore mostly resort to barking. Dogs do not bark for no reason, but want to convey something to you.
You can then counteract this by paying close attention to the situations in which your dog barks excessively. However, don’t forget that every dog barks from time to time. You should only do something about it if it happens uncontrollably and excessively often.
Causes of Dogs Barking
Race-related watch instinct
Often the constant barking is not related to poor dog training, but to the dog breed. Animals like my pug or the spitz, the German shepherd and the Jack Russell terrier are particularly communicative and enjoy barking. This should not be forbidden to the cute pets under any circumstances, but one should keep the barking in moderation through the right dog training.
In addition, some dog breeds are born with a very strong guardian or guardian instinct. This genetic make-up leads them to become loud more quickly towards other dogs and to want to defend their territory. Since the four-legged friends in nature defend their pack by loud barking, they now want to protect their owner family from the loud noises. So it can happen that even a quiet ringing or even the smell of another dog in front of the property leads to a loud bark.
Most dogs have a very strong urge to move. If you live in a small apartment and don’t get out into the great outdoors, you quickly feel constricted. The dogs convey this frustration through their barking. If your dog barks at pedestrians on the fence, it is usually a sign that he is lacking movement. Ask yourself when you last took your dog for a long walk and whether he was really exhausted afterwards or just you.
Fear and Insecurity
However, in most cases dog barking is a sign of fear or shyness. Unfamiliar situations, strangers or new noises often unsettle the four-legged friends. Especially if your dog has had bad experiences with strangers before, it reacts very scared to new faces.
Lack of Attention
As mentioned before, dogs use barking to communicate with their owners. If they bark, the animals usually want to attract attention in some way. Be it because they feel threatened, they are afraid or they are insecure. Therefore, one reason for constant barking can simply be that your four-legged friend feels disrespected and neglected by you. A dog needs a lot of closeness and affection. Like us humans, he wants to feel anew every day that he is loved. So ask yourself when you last really took time out for your cute comrade. Perhaps you have been very stressed lately or have been on the road a lot and haven’t even noticed that your dog has missed out.
Boredom and Loneliness
Perhaps you have also received a complaint from your neighbors that your dog always barks when he is alone at home. This is because dogs often bark out of boredom in order to keep themselves occupied. In addition, your dog may not enjoy being alone and may have separation anxiety. He’ll find it very difficult to spend time without you. Teach your loved one a game that they can play alone and show them how they can keep themselves busy. In addition, you should not unnecessarily, dramatize or drag out your daily goodbye. This way the situation doesn’t seem so bad to your dog.
The best reason for a loud bark is of course joy. Most of the time, when you come home from work or take the leash out for a long walk, your dog will likely start barking at the top of his head. As long as the dog doesn’t bother anyone else, he can keep this type of barking. For the owners, a joyful, loving bark is usually the most beautiful greeting after a long day at work.
Solutions: Avoid dogs barking
Dogs are good at remembering rules and procedures. So the best way to get them used to barking is targeted training. This can be done either by attending a dog school or independently at home. For the latter, special online dog training programs can also be used.
Look for dog trainers when they are puppies
It is important that you educate your dog as a puppy. At a young age, your four-legged friend can still be strongly shaped and influenced. In addition, a puppy is more receptive to new information. To ensure good dog training, you should attend a dog school with your little puppy as quickly as possible. Find out beforehand thoroughly whether the dog trainer and the training offered are suitable for your little one.
By the way, special anti-bark training is offered in the dog school. This can also be worth a visit for older dogs. If you have had problems with your dog’s barking for a long time, it never hurts to ask the dog trainer for advice. He is an expert on dog behavior and knows your cute companion well from the training sessions.
Train your barking independently
Of course, you can also try to train your dog to bark yourself. Here you can work with rewards such as treats or with a clicker. I know from experience that it helps the dog to get used to barking first. Find a typical situation in which your dog usually barks, such as when you take his toy away from him. Then give him permission to bark with a command like “Bell” or “Shake it up”. This creates an awareness of this in the dog and he understands when and to what extent he is allowed to bark.
The second step is that you stop his barking with an abort command. Your cute playmate understands that he may bark, but not as much as he wants. As a reward for a real bark, you can give him a treat. Important is,
During dog training, you can explain to your dog exactly in which situations he can bark and how often. You should compromise on this. For example, your puppy can bark when the doorbell rings. However, it must be over after three times. Because of the fixed rules, the dog knows how to behave. You can then dress up the whole thing as a little game, then your little one can even have fun. So initially give him treats or praise him profusely if he has adhered to the doorbell rule.
Dogs ignore barking
You should definitely make it clear to your dog that barking will not get your attention. If he barks loudly and you give him a treat, you’re telling him that this is the only way to get your attention.
Even so, of course, you shouldn’t ignore the message your dog is giving you by barking. If you’ve taken too little time for your fluffy roommate lately, you should urgently do something with him again. The next time he arrives and wants to cuddle with you, devote yourself to him. This is how you show your dog that this is a great way to get your attention. In general, however, you should try to get busy enough with your dog and give him a lot of attention and affection. That way, he doesn’t even have to bark loudly.
Activities for your dog
When was the last time your dog was really exhausted? The living animals need a lot of exercise. Constant barking can often be stopped by exhaustion. Take a really long walk again, during which not only you, but also your dog can completely let out his energy. A good option can also be to harness the active companion next to the bike. This way your dog really gets moving and can really work off.
For the head
To avoid boredom, show your dog games that are mentally demanding. Search and hide-and-seek games or easy puzzles are particularly suitable here. You can also bring a bit of variety into everyday dog life by varying the walk route more often.
For the body
If the state of health of your four-legged friend allows, dog sports are a great way to bring more movement and excitement into the life of your cuddly pet. From agility to training to become a rescue dog: There are many great offers that challenge and keep the dog busy.
Take two lonely dogs and you will create a good friendship. Just like humans, dogs need social contact. This can be in addition to their owners, but also other conspecifics. So the animals can romp and have fun together. It’s especially great when your dog’s friend is older and well behaved. So he can serve as a role model for your pet when it comes to barking.
If you notice that your dog has a very strong protective instinct, you can try to counter this consciously. Your attentive pet should not sit directly in front of the pet and you can refer your fluffy guard to his body first if you are not visiting.
Make time for your dog
If the barking does not stop despite dog school and training, it is important that you take more time for your dog. Give him more attention and closeness. If you don’t have time, you can put your cuddly friend off until later instead of turning them away annoyed. Of course, you really have to keep your promise. You can also set an exact time when you only make time for your pet. So your cute dog can look forward to it and knows that you have not forgotten him.
Dog barking has individual reasons
Every dog is different, so their barking always has different reasons. It is therefore most important that you pay attention to the situations in which your dog barks. So you can understand what he is trying to tell you and solve the problem easily.
Remember that you cannot and should not get your dog off barking completely. Instead, it is important to establish fixed rules and teach your dog when to be quiet. Good luck with it!