In the past few weeks we’ve been lucky enough to have a dog in our office full time, a Japanese Spitz named Spazz. Spazz is super energetic, loves to play, pro at cuddling, but he also loves barking. Seeing as though we were going to have Spazz around for a month, we figured some training was in order.
Figuring out why a dog barks
There’s many reasons that a dog barks, maybe they want your attention, maybe they’re trying to protect you, or maybe they’re just simply bored. In Spazz’s case, every time he would hear noise outside, he would bark. The idea of protecting us from the outer world is admirable, but at a certain point we decided that the noise was getting on our nerves.
It’s not your dog, it’s how you train your dog
One of the leading reasons that dogs are often put in shelters is because they weren’t properly taught by their owners. It’s a shame thinking that a perfectly good dog can be sent to a shelter because the owner didn’t want to take the time to train their dog what behaviors should be encouraged and discouraged. Knowing how to get your dog to stop barking at the right times is just as important as taking the time to potty train your dog. Just because barking may not be as smelly as a fresh poop on your carpet, doesn’t mean it’s any less deserving of your attention.
How we stopped Spazz from barking (and How to get your dog to stop barking)
- Figure out what the trigger event is, Spazz’s was hearing outside noises and seeing strangers walk by.
- When your dog starts barking due to the trigger, use a loud deep voice to gain your dog’s attention.
- Make sure to lock eye contact with your dog and maintain it while repeating “no!” in a deep voice.
- Once your dog stops barking, maintain eye contact until your dog looks away.
- The key to success here is to maintain consistency.
Other training methods
The list above isn’t necessarily the only way to train your dog to stop barking! Below is a video from Zak George, a famous dog trainer with plenty of great videos on YouTube, on how to get your dog to stop barking.
That’s it for now! Did this post help you out, did you train your dog differently? Let us know in the comments below and as always, check out our application DogSync. We pinky promise to love you if you do <3