There are many reasons why your dog may bark and like you and me it is a necessity for your dog to communicate. It is important to remember that your dog will find it difficult to differentiate between barking when a stranger comes to the door or onto your property, and when a friend rings the doorbell. You must not discourage this type of barking if you wish your dog to warn you if his or your territory is being threatened; however excessive barking for attention, or purely because of boredom needs to be dealt with promptly, so we are going to look at 3 easy steps to stop your dog barking unnecessarily.
An example of unwanted barking might be when a dog is shut in a particular room for the night while everyone else is in bed. If the dog is used to being around people all day being alone at night might be a problem for him, and this simple method will stop your dog barking for attention.
Training The Dog
1: Have a cup of water with you when you go to bed, when the dog starts to get lonely and barks, simply go to the dog and stand in front of him with the cup of water, do not say anything and try not to look at the dog.
2: Eventually the dog will bark when he is not receiving the required attention, at this point splash water on the dogs’ nose and say “quiet” in a simple tone.
3: Now walk away, leaving the dog alone again.
You may have to repeat this 3-step process to stop your dog barking on several occasions on the first few nights, as time goes on this will reduce significantly. You should aim to be reducing the time splashing your dog with water down to once or twice by the third night and not at all after a week.As mentioned in the first paragraph it is not always beneficial to stop your dog barking, on these occasions you should allow your dog to bark for a short period of time before you intervene. When you are ready you should go to the dog, pet him and use the word ‘quiet` in a gentle tone until he stops barking. Once your dog stops for a period of time you may reward him, this way your dog is being rewarded for being quiet and not for barking, eventually the dog will associate the word ‘quiet` as his command to stop barking.