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DOES Your Dogs Have Bad Barking Behaviors

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Luddud, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Luddud

    Luddud PetForums Newbie

    Dec 18, 2011
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    DOES Your Dogs Have Bad Barking Behaviors
    Some owners attempt this through the use of shock or spray collars which I am totally against. These apparatuses are very cruel. They deliver an electric shock each time the dog barks. While the manufacturers will tell you that the shock is comparable to that of a static spark that you get from walking across carpet and touching a metal surface, this is not true. These collars are known to malfunction, shocking your dog repeatedly without cause, or delivering such severe jolts of energy that they cause first and second degree burns.*

    As I stated earlier stopping bad barking behaviors is actually quite easy to accomplish. First of all, it's key that you remember that you'll never stop your dog from barking completely. This is a natural behavior for them and deeply bred into them over generations. If you never want to hear a dog bark, then perhaps you would be wise to find a more appropriate pet which would be more suited to you. Dogs are going to bark when they are startled, when they are afraid, when they see other dogs. These types of behaviors should not be discouraged.*

    Excessive barking is the plague of dog owners everywhere but it is fairly straight forward to eradicate problem barking once you know how to deal with it. While it's natural for dogs to bark under certain circumstances, some dogs are a bit overzealous with this vocalization. It's very frustrating, to say the least, and one of the top reasons that dogs are abandoned or dropped off at animal shelters.*

    A much more effective way to stop bad barking behaviors is through simple distraction. For example, if your dog continuously barks at an unfamiliar person who you invited into your home, tell them no in a firm tone of voice, then offer them a distraction, such as a toy, to divert their attention. It's important that you do not yell at or punish your dog for barking. This can be very confusing for them. You must be consistent. Each time your dog barks at an inappropriate time, you must offer the same reprimand, and the same distraction. As with all training and behavioral correction, "consistency is the key".*

    Praise them when they play with their toy instead of barking, in a light and excited tone of voice. As your dog begins to learn what you want, they will stay silent in anticipation of your praise and their reward, as dogs love to please their pack leader: you. Repeat this process of reprimand and reward as long as is necessary to teach your dog when it's okay to bark and when it's not.*

    Teaching a dog what is acceptable to you and what is not acceptable to you is of paramount importance if you want to spend many happy years with your new companion. Owning a well trained dog is one of the best feelings in the world. You only get out of your dog what you are prepared to put into it so chose a training regime that suits your life style, which you can stick to. However you decide to train your dog please focus your efforts only on positive reinforcement training methods for the welfare of the animal.

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  2. Barkie

    Barkie PetForums Senior

    Aug 22, 2011
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    What do you do if your dog still barks after you say No firmly and ignores their favourite toy until the ice cream van music has gone?
  3. Rottiefan

    Rottiefan PetForums VIP

    Jun 20, 2010
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    Neither do dogs understand the word 'No' unless it is conditioned and trained as a specific behaviour (i.e. not used all the flaming time for any 'nuisance' behaviour that the owner has most probably trained themselves without knowing it :rolleyes:).

    Neither do we advocate the disproved and nonsensical views of us being a dog's pack leader. Dogs are not wolves; dogs don't live in packs; even if they did, pack leaders are only the parents, and in what sense they 'lead' everything in pack life is a mystery (i.e. they don't, it's a group effort); dogs are separate species, in a different ecological niche, with different affordances and hardwired behaviour.
  4. ballybee

    ballybee PetForums VIP

    Aug 25, 2010
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    I just taught my dog "speak/bark" and "quiet/shut it" and i have no issues with barking, he gives a few barks when there's someone at the door but i agree with that and he makes some hilarious noises when he's impatient but being half ridgeback i expected him to be fairly noisy :D

    He's actually at his loudest when he's asleep...he snores, growls, barks, whines, huffs etc etc...it's amazing :001_tongue:
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