Quiet! How To Prevent Nuisance Barking

Dogs bark for many different reasons but endless barking is not a sign of a happy dog. Different dogs will bark for different reasons and sometimes it is due to their breed. Herding dogs will bark at just about anything that moves, Hunting dogs will bark at small animals.  For all dogs there are ways to prevent nuisance barking.

Dogs will bark out of boredom: If a dog is left out in a fenced yard for hours on end they will feel isolated. When hidden behind a wooden fence dogs will bark when they can’t see what they know is on the other side.   They may bark at movement of small animals that go into the yard or people who walk by their yard. They do this out of boredom or in their attempt to protect their yard.

Socialize your dog: Unsocialized dogs will bark at people and other dogs. Socializing  your dog starting at a young age will make it less likely that they will bark at dogs and people they encounter.

Teach Your Dog: Some dogs will bark just because they can. Teach your dog that unnecessary or prolonged barking is unacceptable. For example, if your pup barks at dogs they pass while on a walk, say “no” or “quiet’ and have them sit without barking. They give them praise for good behavior.

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6 thoughts on “Quiet! How To Prevent Nuisance Barking

  1. I’m so glad I don’t have barking dogs. My dogs rarely bark and I think a lot of it has to do with the breed. I have greyhounds. I also have a dogsitting business and most of my clientele are greyhounds. My house is always so quiet — when everyone is chilling, that is. They’re even quiet when they play. Sometimes when my phone rings and they know someone new is arriving, they bark in anticipation but it’s short-lived.
    Hearing a dog bark a few times is cute. Incessantly, it’s irritating.

    Good advice on teaching a dog to not bark.

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks for visiting! I agree that some breeds bark more than others. My Sheltie will bark at anything that moves – any sudden movement. She’s always making sure one of the “herd” is not getting away. Happily, she has learned the “quiet” command so excessive barking is not a problem.

  2. Out blog hopping from North Carolina just now finding you. I decided to start by visiting participants way down the list figuring they wouldn’t get as much traffic. I have copied your post on dog barking to take to the police station to continue complaining about two barking dogs behind us that make life miserable. Thanks for some good info. If you have time or interest, come for TEA today on the letter T day. I have been writing about hotels and inns.

    1. Thank you for visiting! It’s so difficult to hear a dog that is continually outside barking, knowing they are not happy.

  3. I read that if your dog barks at, say, wild animals or squirrels out the window, that you should pet them, talk in a calm voice, tell them you understand why they are upset and tell them it’s ok. That has worked for me and Hershey, our 82-pound bundle of love now only barks occasionally. He also tends to bark more to protect me, the woman of the house, rather than Joe, my husband. And, I don’t think he’ll ever like the vacuum cleaner – it’s just the way it is! I have enjoyed several of your posts during the A to Z Challenge. http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

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