5 Proven Steps to Reduce Excessive Barking

Published by , 10th September 2016 in Dog Behavior

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How to Reduce Barking

If you are here reading this blog it’s probably because your dog barks more than you consider normal. First I want to say that barking is something completely natural for a dog (just like chewing things). However, it is certainly possible and desirable to reduce the amount your dog barks. Therefore, in this article I will explain how to teach your dog when it is and is not appropriate to bark.

5 hints to reduce excessive barking


1)    Try to understand the reason your dog is barking. Pay attention to patterns, such as: Is your dog bored? Is he perceiving a potential threat? Is someone entering his territory? Pay attention to these things because you don’t want to stop your dog from barking completely. Just when it is not necessary.

2)    Remove triggers. If you notice a pattern, such as always barking when he sees other dogs outside the house, then you should close the blinds of your house or keep him in the backyard. This is just a simple example of how you can remove triggers.

3)    Distract your dog when he starts barking. You can make a loud noise or simply throw his favorite toy to him to get his attention. This will break his pattern and change his focus. Try this next time: call his name and throw the toy!

4)    Don’t keep your dog alone for too much time if you are at home. Here I’m supposing your dog stays alone the whole day because you are working. Dogs need human interaction! Therefore, don’t keep your dog confined after you arrive at home, because you don’t want your best buddy with behavior problems.

5)    Exercise. Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise. Dogs that don’t exercise much can be bored and hyperactive. This will definitely lead to other problems (such as Separation Anxiety) and excessive barking.

Do Not’s…

1)    Don’t yell at your dog for barking. This is ineffective because your dog will simply feel you are joining in an activity he started. It will also cause confusion on your dog because he doesn’t understand he is doing something wrong (remember this is natural for him).

2)    Don’t try any special collar that hurts your dog. Punishing your dog is never the solution. Hurting your dog is even worse, especially for something natural.

Do this: Train your dog to stop barking & to bark on command

1)    First, teach him/her the “speak” command. Now that you know some triggers and things that excites your dog, you have to act before he initiates. You can use the command “speak”. Reward your dog when he barks after your command. You have to be consistent and repeat this process until you notice that your dog is following the command and not the trigger.

2)    Teach him/her “quiet”, “off” or “shush” command. Now that your dog is learning when to speak, you can teach them this command to let them know when they shouldn’t. But always teach this in a calm way and reward them as soon as he stops barking on command (very important). Remember that yelling is ineffective. Also keep in mind the five hints to reduce excessive barking.


You have to understand your buddy in order to reduce excessive barking. After learning what triggers your dog’s barking, you can teach “speak” command. Once your dog learned to “speak”, then, teach him the “stop” command.

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