You are not helpless to excessive barking.
If your dog barks excessively, there are many things that you can do to stop it. If you haven’t already, check out the latest blog by our veterinary clinic in Levittown to learn about a few strategies for stopping excessive barking. Here are a couple more things you can do to get your dog to stop barking:
#4. Teach your dog to be quiet.
Just as there is a command to get your dog to sit, stay and come when you call, there is also a command for quiet. The first step to teaching your dog the quiet command is to teach him or her how to speak. Tell your dog to speak, and once he or she starts barking, put a treat in front of them. When your dog quiets down to sniff the treat, say, “quiet.” Then praise your dog and give him or her the treat. Repeat this for as many times as it takes for your dog to get it.
#5. Ignore your dog when he or she barks.
Giving your dog any kind of attention when he or she barks could send the wrong message. If you want to successfully stop your dog’s barking by ignoring him or her, you need to not only ignore the barking, you need to ignore your dog altogether. You shouldn’t even look at your dog until he or she stops barking! When your dog stops barking, immediately give him or her praise and a treat.
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