Dog Training To Eliminating Barking
In this article, I will outline a couple of different methods to control or stop a dog or puppy from barking.
The first way to control barking is to fix the problem at a young age. Most dogs bark because they want to be near you, which doesn’t work when you can’t always be near them. Take your pup and tie him or her up in the back yard and leave pup for a while. The pup will cry and bark, but the neighbors will like that better than a full grown dog barking. If the barking persists, put a figure 8 on the pup (instructions for this are easy to find online). A figure 8 might not stop barking right off, but it won’t take long to be effective. The figure 8 is easy to make, and also doesn’t cost much. This method works great on big dogs, too, but don’t leave a dog unattended with in on because the dog will scratch at the rope and cut himself.
The other method is a bark collar. Use a dummy collar for 10 days before you plan on using the real thing. Wearing the dummy collar for a little while each day will keep the dog from getting collar wise. I recommend taking the little nylon adjustable collar off of the bark collar and replacing it with a rubber coated nylon collar. It will be easier to adjust and the collar will last longer. Also note that if you have more than one dog in the kennel, sometimes the bark collar will get chewed off; bark collars are not cheap so keep an eye on the dogs. Never leave a bark collar on a dog for more than 8 or 10 hours, as it can wear holes in the dog’s neck.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you do, the dog just won’t stop barking. I still haven’t figured out what to do there. Just remember that it’s easier to fix the problem in a puppy than in a grown dog. If you teach pup that he can’t be with you all the time, it will make a big difference.
Written By Professional Dog Breeder & Trainer Ed Hall