Barking can be a very serious problem. Many dog owners reach a point where the situation becomes so stressful and annoying that they end up getting rid of their dog. If you have neighbors complaining and are losing sleep you need to take control of the situation now. It’s not as hard as you may think to train your pet not to bark.
Dogs, in general, do not just “bark” for the sake of making noise. They are actually barking for a reason. They might be lonely, scared, bored or frustrated or they may be barking at disturbing sights or strange noises.
Many owners like to use collars to help stop their dog barking problem. Collars can be a great training tool, but in many cases are only a temporary solution. When your dog is not currently wearing the collar, he could revert back to his excessive yipping. There a number of good barking collars which are great at stopping most problem barking quickly and if you do need a very fast solution a collar will most likely be beneficial. Some individuals like to use the citronella collar, while others prefer the shock style of collar. These collars are sold in both an automatic and manual type. The automatic collar activates by the vibrations in a dog’s throat, whereas the manual collars will give you the option of correcting your dog whenever you deem he is barking excessively or his barking is unwarranted.
Ideally what you need to do as an owner, is to come up with a permanent way of getting the dog to stop his annoying barking. In order to accomplish this, you will need to discover what it is that causes your pet to bark. If you can eliminate the source of his barking, you will in most cases eradicate the behavior as well.
Some owners find that their pet simply needs and wants more stimulation. This could be either physical, mental or both. By merely taking the dog out for longer or more challenging walks the barking may be greatly reduced. How can you make your daily outings more stimulating?
Work on training while you walk. Training should be a part of your dog’s daily life, and a walk is a great time to either hone up on old skills or to learn something new. You might want to allow the dog to bring something on the walk to carry. This could be a ball, a stick or a toy. You could make the dog work harder while you are out. There are a number of weights and backpacks that you could obtain to get the animal to burn off more calories on your outings. Some owners like to really challenge their pets and teach them to pull wagons or other similar objects.
Whatever you do decide to try, you have to remember that in most cases it is going to take time. Trying to get your dog to stop an unwanted behavior can be a challenge. You will have to be diligent and consistent if you really want to fix the problem. Most dogs can be trained not to bark. It is a very rare dog indeed that will prove to be impossible to train not to bark, but you have to be willing to invest your time and effort to get the habit to stop.