Breaking the Barking Habit

Breaking the Barking Habit

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and a car drives down your street and suddenly your dog is barking up a storm and the next thing you know everyone in the house is awake and the neighbors stop talking to you.  Sound familiar?  At this point you need to break the barking habit before you go crazy and teaching your dog the word “quiet” is the next command your dog needs to learn.

Why Your Dog Barks

Barking is normal in dogs it is how they get your attention and your dog will bark for a million different reasons.  It could be because they are frightened, they are excited or any of a number of reasons.  The why is less important than making it stop or at the very least bringing it under control.  Yelling at your dog to shut up or be quiet only reinforces the bad behavior and that is the last thing you want.  Here are some of the reasons your dog barks.

Teaching Your Dog to Stop Barking

Most dog training is about teaching dogs to do things and reinforcing good behavior, teaching dogs to stop doing something is a whole other thing.  This time, instead of positive consequences you need to apply a negative consequence and that is much trickier.  The last thing you want to do is hurt your dog but you have to follow this behavior with something they don’t like yet that won’t hurt them.  The solution…some breath spray.

The only tools that you need are a bottle of breath spray that you can grab from your local drug store.  Dogs do not enjoy the sound, smell or taste of breath spray and at the same time it won’t hurt your dog.  Now you need to connect the breath spray to whatever command you are using to tell your dog to be quiet.  This is a negative consequence to bad behavior that won’t hurt your dog.  So the next time your pooch decides to wake you at 5am you have a solutions.

How it Works

When the dog starts barking for no apparent reason you need to stop whatever you are doing and deal with it.  Firmly say the word quiet and spray the dog’s mouth with the breath spray.  Repeat it again if you need to do so, connecting the word quiet with the spray.  It really won’t take long for your dog to understand.  Once your dog learns the word quiet you won’t have to rely on the breath spray any longer.  After that once the dog quiets down then you can start using rewards for when the dog actually stops barking.

Before You Consider Dog Training Read This

Do you want a better behaved dog?  The easiest way to get your dog to behave is to train him and if you aren’t quite sure how to do that yourself then enrol in some dog training classes that are taught by expert trainers.  There are plenty of methods that can help teach your dog basic command but look into them and see which ones work for you and your lifestyle.  But before you consider training your dog read this and learn some basics first.

Before You Consider Dog Training Read This

The Type of Dog You Have

Humans have been breeding dogs for thousands of year and this has given us hundreds of different breeds with different characteristics.  The type of dog you have can have an impact on their training.  Some dogs are cuddlers who love to please and others are more independent and aggressive.  Some dogs are really well suited for agility training while other dogs just want to sit on your lap.  Bear all of that in mind before you start training and talk with a trainer for the best way to deal with your dog.

Your Dog’s Name

Dogs need a practical name that is easy for them to learn.  Their name is how you’re going to get their attention during training classes and at home.  If you haven’t already then start using your dog’s name as often as you can while doing your daily routine.  Once they recognize their name they will look at you when you call them.  If you are in the process of teaching them their name then give them a small treat when they respond to the name.

Set Aside Enough Time for Training

In addition to any obedience classes that you go to you’re going to need to follow up with lessons at home.  If you have a puppy they have really short attention spans so you’re going to have to reinforce the lessons a couple of times a day at home.  You also need to be consistent with your dog throughout the day in rewarding good behavior and handling the bad.

Always Keep Calm

Your dog can sense your moods so when it comes to training your dog you need to keep calm and remain in control.  If you are excited or agitated then your dog is likely to be too and that makes it difficult to teach them.  Reward good behavior and not the bad.  It will take some time before your dog learns all of the commands but it will be worth the work in the end.