Tips & Advice: Stop Your Dog From Excessive Barking

You love your dog.

He is loyal. He is loving. He is your best friend.

In fact, there is only one thing you would change about your pooch — his excessive barking.

There are many reasons why your dog may bark. Causes can range from attention seeking behavior to excitement, or even boredom. Whatever the reason, excessive barking is disruptive and can result in serious problems with neighbors. If you want to break your dog out of the habit of barking there are a few tips.

Ways to Stop Your Dog From Excessive Barking

Use these four tips to help your dog stop barking. Remember, training your dog requires you to show consistency and to avoid becoming angry. Always give your pooch plenty of encouragement along the way. 

Identify the cause of the barking. When you observe your dog displaying any negative behavior, there is usually a good reason for it. If you are able to learn what is causing your dog to bark, you can either remove the stimulus from your dog or remove your dog from the stimulus. 

Ignore the barking. Once you determine that your dog is not barking due to an injury or other serious problem, the best way to prevent the disruptive barking is to ignore it. You may feel bad ignoring your dog, but don't. Once your dog realizes you are not going to respond, it can lessen the desire to bark in the first place.

Desensitize your dog. When you discover that a certain situation can trigger excessive barking, you can try to prevent the barking by introducing the trigger to your dog gradually. Many dogs bark when they see another animal. You can slowly introduce your dog to other animals and reward him when he doesn't bark.

Provide for your dog's needs. Simply giving your dog the attention he craves can help reduce his desire to bark.

If you need help stopping your dog's excessive barking, it may be time to take your pup to dog training classes, contact Auburn Leach K9 Solutions today for more information! 

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