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How to Train Dogs Not to Bark?

(May 6, 2010)

Dogs are probably the most common pet all over the world and the wide variety of canine breeds allow every dog lover to choose the pedigree that most compliments their own nature. Dogs are highly regarded for there unconditional love, companionship and loyalty, earning them the title of ‘man’s best friend’. Although dogs are very lovable creatures and have a number of great qualities, the ones that seem to bark excessively can be quite an irritation. When choosing your pet dog, it is important to keep in mind the fact that some breeds have more of a tendency to bark than others. For example, Pomeranians bark much more than German shepherds and the high frequency of their bark cuts through most other ambient sounds – something that can be a little hard on the ears. It is not uncommon for owners to want to train their dogs to stop barking, but caution must be taken to avoid completely subduing a canine’s urge to bark. Barking is one of the most natural instincts a dog has and is a useful characteristic when it comes to alerting people and other dogs to certain dangers as well as a way of communication. When undertaking dog barking training, it is important to remember that every puppy, while growing up, will realize that out of all modes of communication with their litter mates such as chattering, yipping and mewing, that barking offers the most immediate response. As a result, it is important to make sure that the dog understands that excessive barking is not acceptable.

Some of the best methods of dog bark training are to use passive methods in getting the animal to understand what is expected of it. In an effort to get the animal to realize that barking does not get him any results, one should avoid reacting either positively or negatively to the animals outbursts. Although, to reinforce the ideology, make it a point to appreciate the dog behavior when it is quiet and resting by continually whispering in its ear that it is a good animal for keeping quiet. When attempting to train your pooch to avoid excessive barking, patience plays a key role in how effective the entire operation turns out to be. Also make sure that your dog gets plenty of exercise right throughout the day in order to avoid a situation where there is a lot of pent up energy that could also be used by excessive barking.
Submitted by N M on May 6, 2010 at 04:15


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