How to quiet a barking dog so we can have company

Learn how to quiet a barking dog in this Howcast video with Andrea Arden Dog Training.
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Do you have a barking dog on your hands? As a dog trainer, I find barking problems are one of the main reasons dog owners ask for help. Clients want to know how to stop their dog from barking. In this article, I’ll help you get the peace and quiet you’re looking for in your household … but first, I’ll talk about the purpose of barking. Then I’ll cover common reasons a dog barks and provide you with some solutions to curb your dog’s barking.
How to persuade your neighbors to quiet their chronically barking dogs
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If you’re dealing with irritated neighbors, the good news is there are a few steps you can take to quiet down the barking while you aren’t in your . Here’s how to stop dog barking in your apartment: You are almost done teaching your dog how to stop dog barking when asked with the Quiet command.
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Dogs bark. It's part of their natural behavior. In fact, the domestic dog was basically selectively bred for their barking abilities barking to alert us about intruders, trespassers, to ward people away, to help herd cattle, a whole variety of reasons why barking at one time was a desirable behavior. Nowadays, especially in a city environment, barking is not a desirable behavior. So there's steps that we can take as the human parents of our little doggies to try to encourage them to bark just a little bit less. Your goal shouldn't be to never allow your dog to bark anymore than you would try to encourage a canary to never sing, but lets at least try to keep it down to a minimum. The most likely barking that'll occur first in puppies is attention seeking barking. Puppies bark to get your attention. And so what we really want to make sure we don't do is accidentally reward them for something we don't want them doing. Typical ways that people reward their dogs for barking accidentally is by looking at them. So if your puppy barks at you and says, "Hey, look at me," or "Hey, make my dinner faster," or "Hey, toss me that toy" and you respond by looking at them, you may as well have flipped the mistake. Instead lets teach your dog a way of saying please and getting your attention that's more mannerly and polite such as a sit. A manners sit is a really great way for your dog to be able to approach you and say, "May I please have your attention." Unfortunately many people don't notice their dogs when they are being quiet and polite. So if you want to quiet your barking dog, your goal this week and thereafter is to notice when your dog approaches you calmly and is being quiet and polite and to reward them for that. Dogs do what works, so if approaching you quietly and sitting and looking cute gets them what they desire, you're going to get a whole lot less of barking. And remember, when the do bark, you need to ignore that so that you don't accidentally reward them for that behavior.For example, your dog alert barks when a car pulls into the driveway. First, listen to the dog and address the issue. Check to see what he's barking at, thank him for bringing the situation to your attention, and reassure him you've got it under control. Then decide how you want him to react in the future when strangers drive in. Perhaps he may bark to alert you, but once he's done that you want him to be quiet. If that's the case, interrupt any further barking and cue another, reinforceable behavior.All dogs can be bark trained or otherwise quieted in short order. Here you'll find a succinct, no frills, bottom-line explanation of how to quiet your dog by teaching him not to bark.