If you have a noisy pet, you are probably wondering how to stop a dog from barking. Puppies bark a lot when they are still young, especially right after leaving their mother. Your puppy will stop barking so much after his fourth month. Some breeds are noisier than others are, and it is also different from dog to dog.
Why Do Dogs Bark?
Dogs bark for several reasons. First, guard dogs bark in order to warn you that someone is on the “territory” they guard. It is actually good for you and your property to have a dog that can warn you of any stranger or any possible danger. If your dog barks at strangers, do not try to suppress this. Just let him do his work! After a stranger is gone, your dog will stop barking.
The second reason why your dog barks too much can have something to do with his own “personality” and temper. Small breeds are always noisier and they are often hyperactive. Some people say that small dogs are even nervous and they bark way too much.
Your dog can bark to show you he needs more of your attention. He doesn’t have any other way to tell you that he wants your attention. If you ignore your dog, he will probably bark just to get your attention. Therefore, you should spend time with your dog every day. Go for walks, run and have fun together. That is the best way to show him that you care for him. Dog can sometimes behave like children. They can be stubborn! They are capable of excessive barking, just to show you how persistent they are. If they know that you hate barking, they will bark just to make you say something!
What Can You Do to Stop a Dog from Barking?
It is very important to socialize your dog while he is still a puppy. If you train your dog properly, he will not be aggressive toward other people and he will not bark at them too much. Therefore, start training your dog very early. That is the best way to prevent excessive barking at other people.
If your dog keeps barking, there are several things you can do. As we said, try to give him some of your attention. Make him feel like he is important to you. If you behave like you do not even notice that he is in the room, he will bark just to say, “Hey, I’m here! Throw some bone, or let’s go for a walk!“ Another thing you can try is to be patient. Never yell at your dog. Do not make scenes and do not show your anger. Anger will get you nowhere. It can only frustrate both you and the dog. When training your dog, you have to use short words. You need to repeat the same words all the time, so the dog can relate the words to situations and memorize them. Do not try to explain him that he must not bark so much. He will not be able to understand a word, but he will hear the anger in your voice, which will only confuse him.
How to Stop a Dog from Barking When You Leave
If your neighbors are complaining about the noise they hear every time you leave your dog alone, that can b a problem. This problem is not very easy to solve. As we said, you need to start training the dog while he is still very young. You should make him feel safe, even if you are not in the room. Your dog will feel like home and he will not bark when left alone.
Dogs bark when they feel insecure. If he barks every time you leave, it means that he is afraid you will not come back. As soon as he realizes that you come back home every day, he will stop barking. This can take some time, but it will happen eventually. If you leave your dog alone in a small and dark place, he will probably be angry and he will see this as a kind of punishment. If you leave your dog alone every day, for several hours, try to make him feel comfortable. Leave some of your old things near your dog. He will feel your smell and that will make him feel safer. It is also important to leave some toys for your dog to occupy his attention.