When dogs bark, it is a perfectly normal part of their behaviour. Dogs are territorial and as such use their bark to protect you, your family and their territory and ward off unwelcome visitors. However, sometimes dogs can bark excessively and there can be other reasons for this such as loneliness, boredom, anxiety or indeed anxiety.
Some methods to stop excessive dog barking:
- Ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise so they are not so hyper active with so much energy to burn by barking.
- Like most Humans, Dogs like company and avoid leaving your dog alone for long periods of time.
- Do not pet, hug or feed your dog when they are barking for attention or out of anxiety. By doing so they would percieve it as you rewarding the behaviour and they would continue with this habit.
- Do not shout at your dog to stop barking as to them it possibly will sound like you are joining in the fun and may even cause them to bark even more.
- If they are barking because of people/other dogs passing by your house let them have a few barks but then try to get their attention by calling their name or clap your hands. Once they are quiet, thank them and praise them and maybe reward them with a treat. After a short while you will notice that they will stop barking without you having to do anything.
- Prevent your dog from barking constantly outside, regardless of the reason as it is one of the fastest ways to turn neighbours against you and even warrant a visit from your local policeman.
Speak to a professional dog trainer as they can help with your dog’s persistent barking problem and don’t forget of course to ask your local Vet as he/she may be able to offer some advice.