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Video:How to Prevent Dogs from Barking

with Jenna Stregowski

Learning how to prevent dogs from barking can make your home much quieter. Here, see step-by-step instructions for preventing dogs from barking.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Prevent Dogs from Barking

Dogs will be dogs, and most dogs will bark, whine and howl at times - it's only natural.

About Barking Dogs

Sometimes we want our dogs to bark in order to warn us about potential danger or protect us from harm. However, excessive dog barking can be considered a behavior problem.

Prevent and Stop Excessive Barking

Once you determine the cause of your dog's excessive barking, you can begin to control the behavior. You also want to be certain not to inadvertently encourage the barking. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so there is not as much pent-up energy to burn by barking. Avoid leaving a lonely dog alone for long periods of time if possible.

Tips for Preventing Dogs From Barking

Never comfort, pet, hug or feed your dog when she is barking for attention or out of anxiety - that would be rewarding the behavior, thus encouraging it. Shouting at your dog to stop barking does not help. It may actually cause her to bark even more. Avoid punishments like shock collars. They are not only painful and unkind - many dogs will learn to test them and eventually work around them. Try to get her attention with a clap or whistle. Once she is quiet, redirect her attention to something productive and rewarding - like a toy or treat. After getting your dog's attention, practice basic commands, like sit and down in order to shift her focus.

DO NOT let your dog bark constantly outside, regardless of the reason. You can hardly train her to stop barking by yelling at her across the yard. Plus, it is one of the fastest ways to turn neighbors into enemies and send an invitation to your local police. Train your dog to Speak and Be Quiet. Consult your veterinarian or trainer if you continue to face barking issues despite your best efforts. Thanks for watching, to learn more visit About.com
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