One extremely annoying, but very natural, dog trait is incessant barking. This not only can be a disruption for you, but also will prove to be a nuisance for your neighbors. This article will go in depth regarding why your dog barks, and what are the best ways to prevent unwanted barking.
Crate training is something that is accomplished over time. First, you should only expect your dog to stay in the crate for short periods of time. As your dog grows older you can gradually extend this confinement, which can eventually stretch out to much longer periods of time without any ill effect on your pet.
It is best to train your pet without unintentionally affirming his undesirable behaviors and mistakes. Avoid giving them any rewards they haven’t earned. Don’t scratch the dogs back, give it a snack or reward it in any way if it jumps, barks or does anything you don’t approve of.
To keep your dog compliant with his training, be sure to continue the process well after he has performed the way that you have hoped. Many owners believe that once training is over, the dog will be set for life. That’s not a good idea, since animals and humans form and retain habits in a similar way. It is important that the training your dog receives is reinforced regularly.
Do not train your dog when you are angry or stressed. Not only will you have less patience, but dogs are incredibly receptive to their owner’s moods. By skipping training when you are not at your best, you can be sure when you do train, it will be much more effective.
Don’t get discouraged when training your dog. You may start to feel as though you will be carrying around messy treats in your pocket for the rest of your life. This is not the case. As your dog learns a new behavior, he will look to rewards less often for that behavior.
Before you ever get a dog, be sure that you have everything you need. You should have: sturdy food and water bowls; a good quality of dry dog food; a comfortable bed; a crate/kennel in the right size for the dog you plan to get; and an appropriate leash and collar or harness. By having everything in place, you will avoid a lot of rushing around and uncertainty with a new dog or puppy. This will help everybody settle in better.
Firmness is essential for successful dog training. Try not to yell though, as negative reinforcement does not work. This will help you develop a strong bond with your dog.
If you do not communicate that biting is unacceptable, your puppy doesn’t know he is doing something wrong. When you catch your puppy biting, redirect him to a chew toy or bone. As soon as the pup starts to bite, firmly say “No!” and give him the chew toy. While you are teaching a puppy to stop biting, do not play any wrestling or tug of war games with them to strengthen what you are teaching.
In conclusion, nobody wants to hear your dog bark. There are many different reasons why your dog barks, and it is important to understand the root cause. As long as you follow the tips and tricks in this article, you should be able to reduce or eliminate unwanted barking from your dog.