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Some dogs bark more than others. Consider the baying tones of a Beagle or a Bloodhound. These and other hound dogs can have calming and even melodious voices that their owners come to know well and love to hear. Then there’s the yap and bark of the Terrier group, with their high pitched squeaky voices.

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Shepherd usually have deep, rumbling voices and bark in secession, sometimes over and over again. The dog’s bark is his way of communicating a whole host of things from posturing to happiness; but when the barking is excessive, it can become a nuisance to hear.

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Thankfully for me, my dog is not big on the barking so when I hear him, I know there’s something he’s trying to say, but some people are not so lucky.

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For you guys, here are a few ways to help reduce barking and training your dog to use his voice more appropriately.

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Keep calm while correcting excessive barking. The first point you should know is that you have to stay calm, despite how irritating it is to hear your dog bark so much. Your dog is a reflection of you, so agitation and frustration will only inflame the barking.

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Ignore your dog until he stops barking. This is easier said than done but if you’re home and your dog is barking, he’s probably looking for attention. Keeping calm, don’t yell “quiet” or any other command. Your dog will think you’re joining him in the barking and even negative attention is attention.

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Instead, quietly ignore him until he stops barking. You may want to gaze at him momentarily while he’s barking then turn your head and eyes always from him. This gesture will calmly tell him you’re not giving him any attention. This simple gesture may surprisingly get him to stop barking.

Wait a moment then call him over to you. If he comes over quietly, give him a calm command to be quiet, like “hush” and give him a high value treat. Be consistent with the word and treats and he’ll eventually get the idea.

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Make sure he has plenty of exercises and mental stimulation. Barking can develop as a negative behavior just like destructive behaviors if your dog is not sufficiently stimulated. Our dogs are intelligent and need to exercise their minds and bodies. Barking may be a sign that your dog has too much pent-up energy. Get him moving around and engaged, and chances are, he’ll stop all that extra barking.

If all else fails, you can see a behavioral specialist. Behaviorists focus on finding the root causes of dog issues and teach both you and your pooch how to deal with them properly.
 

 

 

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