Please Make My Dog Stop Barking

please make my dog stop barking

Dear Hindy,

My dog barks all the time, and the only way to stop it is to give him a treat. What do you think about that? Thanks, Gary.

Please Make My Dog Stop Barking

Dear Gary,

I sympathise, believe me I do. A dog barking non-stop raises my blood pressure, not to mention making me a nervous wreck! Barking to warn of danger or to let us know something is going on is a good thing, but doing it all the time is a whole other story.

I have to ask if you know the reason for the constant barking? It is definitely something important to figure out, because once we know the reason we can deal with it. Having said that, giving him treats will of course “shut him up” but it’s not the solution to the problem, and let me explain why. Your dog barks, you give him a treat, he loves the treat and wants another so you comply. All that does is teach him barking gets him what he wants.

A better and less stressful way (for everyone), is for him to learn he only gets your attention when he’s quiet.

Here’s what you do, and be prepared for lots of noise!! The next time he barks ignore him. Yes it will be difficult because he’ll bark longer and louder, but it’s only temporary. Every single time he barks you have to ignore him, and that means no speaking, no looking at him, no reaction whatsoever. If you have to leave the room then do that. When he’s quiet for a few seconds, give him a treat or a favourite toy…whatever motivates him.

It’s really that simple, but you and everyone in your house have to be consistent, and you’ll be surprised how quickly he learns.

It is still important to figure out the reason for the behavior – perhaps he’s in some pain or discomfort, or he’s distressed by something.

Good luck!

 

 

  

Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

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