Bothersome Barking – How to Stop Excessive Dog Barking

Thought-deafening, head-deafening, teeth-on-edge dog barking.

Ceaseless barking affects not only yourself, but also your neighbors and is a problem you must get a grip on FAST!

Let’s make no bones about it: a well-established barking habit is a difficult problem to stop. There is no magic wand, no quick fix, and it takes time, dedication and patience to solve it. So be realistic about your expectations right from the start and don’t be discouraged if progress is slow. If you do everything that seems advisable and he still doesn’t stop – keep going – you could be on the verge of a breakthrough!

A dog that usually barks in the backyard will take on more work than a puppy that has just learned to yap when he sees his food bowl. This does not mean that habitual barking cannot be retrained, but be prepared to work on it.

So let’s start with the little things – and the puppies.

Puppy Power

Many problems with barking start small – as puppies! In his excitement, when his food bowl appears, a puppy can bark. Joy of joy, the reward for barking is a delicious meal. In puppy’s head is yapping = delicious food. You see what I am getting at…

The solution is to nip this in the bud. If he barks when the food bowl appears, put the bowl away immediately. Wait until he is in another room before you take him out again. If he gets super excited during a game and starts barking, stop playing immediately and do not resume playing until he is calm. If he keeps barking: Game over.

If he withdraws the reward (be it for preparing his dinner or playing with a toy), as soon as he realizes that the barking will quickly get him nowhere – he will give up.

Annoying barking

With the incessant barking dog, life becomes a little more annoying. Some dogs have a trigger, e.g. to see other dogs or the letter carrier. In this case desensitizing the dog is a good plan. The idea behind desensitization is to expose the dog to the trigger, but in a sufficiently diluted form (e.g. the letter carrier walking down the street) so as not to cause the bad behavior. They then reward his lack of reaction and continue to reward his silence when the letter carrier approaches.

But what you really want to know is how to stop the barking, so let’s start with an overview of a four-point action plan:

1: Trigger happy: Remove the trigger

For the dog that barks at the window, close the curtains or take him to another room. For the dog that barks when left alone in the yard, keep it away from the yard until it is retrained.

2: Cold shoulder: Ignore the bark

The screaming rewards the dog with attention. If he barks – ignore him – But be careful, if you crack and scream after 30 minutes, he will bark for 40 minutes next time…

3: Take command: Teach him a ‘quiet’ command.

Instructions later in the mail

4: Mental stimulation:

Intensify his exercises and renew his training. This tires him physically and satisfies him mentally.

No action succeeds in isolation, but if you work all along the line, you will win.

Step 1: Trigger Happy

The problem is that in many cases barking is its own reward. During the retraining period, you must therefore expose him as little as possible to the things that make him bark. If he barks when he is alone on the farm, you must keep him company until he is retrained.

Step 2: Cold shoulder

They are trapped between a rock and a hard place. The dog barks and his human nature screams at him to be quiet. But this rewards his barking with a lot of loving attention – even if this attention is shouted at. The advice to ignore barking is based on the theory of “extinction”, where a dog eventually realizes that behavior that is not rewarded is not worth repeating.

Étape 3 : Accepter la commande

Apprenez-lui à se taire. Aussi pervers que cela puisse paraître, cela commence par lui apprendre à aboyer ! Je sais, je sais, c’est ce que vous voulez, mais supportez-moi.

Apprenez-lui à aboyer : Gardez les cliquetis et les friandises à portée de main (un sac de friandises monté sur une ceinture est idéal). Lorsqu’il commence à aboyer, donnez l’ordre “parlez”, cliquez et traitez. Conseil : s’il commence à aboyer, faites le tour de la cour, tenez-le en longue laisse ; assez près pour qu’il puisse sentir les friandises].

Enseigner le silence : Voici la partie intelligente : pendant qu’il mange une friandise, il n’aboie pas. Renforcez ce silence en lui donnant un signal d’arrêt en plein visage. Utilisez un geste énergique comme une paume ouverte sur son visage, et si cela lui fait un peu peur, tant mieux. Pendant qu’il est encore surpris, dites le mot-clé “silence”, cliquez et traitez-le (pour récompenser le silence).

Laissez-le recommencer à aboyer, mais dites le mot-clé “parler”, puis cliquez immédiatement et récompensez-le.

Pendant qu’il mange, utilisez votre geste “stop”, dites fermement “Silence”, cliquez et récompensez-le.

Le schéma est le suivant :

Écorcez > Parlez, cliquez et soignez > Arrêtez le geste (en mangeant / silencieux)> Silencieux (en mangeant ou encore surpris)> Cliquez et récompensez.

Je sais que c’est un peu fatiguant, mais ça vaut le coup parce que ça marche.

Étape 4 : Stimulation mentale

De nombreux chiens aboient parce qu’ils ont un excès d’énergie dans le réservoir. S’il intensifie son exercice et reprend son entraînement de base, cela lui donne un véritable but et l’aide à se ressaisir. Dans son nouveau monde, complètement satisfait, il ne ressentira plus autant l’envie d’aboyer…

Et enfin : ne soyez pas déprimé si cela prend du temps, mais tenez-vous-en à votre plan en quatre points et, à un moment donné, votre chien cessera de vous rendre fou.

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