Excessive Dog Barking

How to Stop Your Dog From Excessive Barking


While it is unreasonable to expect your dog to never bark, some dogs bark excessively. If that describes your dog, the first step is to figure out what is causing the excessive barking. Once you know the reason, you can treat his barking problem.


Causes
Barking is one variety of oral expression that dogs use, and it can mean various things depending on the circumstances. Some reasons why dogs bark include:

  • Alarm or fear
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  • Attention seeking
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  • Separation anxiety
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  • Greeting or playing
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  • Boredom or loneliness
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  • Territorial or possessiveness

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Tips
Getting your dog to bark less will require patience, time, consistency, and practice. It won’t occur overnight, but with proper techniques and effort, you should see progress. Here are a few tips to remember as you attempt to control your dog’s barking:

    1. Use your words. Most dogs don’t know what you want them to do when you’re yelling at them to stop barking. Instead, train your dog to quit barking by understanding the word quiet.
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    2. Don't shout. Yelling encourages your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re participating with him. The idea is to speak calmly and firmly without yelling at him.
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    3. Keep your dog tired. Tired dogs are usually quiet. If your dog barks when you leave him home alone, try wearing him out before you leave. Go for a long run or walk, play ball, or take a trip to the dog park.
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    4. Medical problems. Some medical ailments can produce excessive barking, including bee stings, brain disease, chronic pain, and canine senility. It’s a good idea to have your dog checked by a veterinarian to ensure a medical condition isn't causing the problem.
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