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How To Stop A Barking Dog- Two Methods

How To Stop A Barking Dog- Reader  Question

The following is a question from one of the readers of our site:

Hello Ty,

I live in an apartment and Charlie barks at the sounds of the neighbors coming and going from their apartments. He also barks at everyone he sees when he sits out on the balcony. How do I stop the barking please?

I must say that your videos have helped me enormously. Charlie was hugely leash aggressive but he is now around 98% improved after only a week of me implementing your training methods!

Thanks so much,

Jenny,

Melbourne, Australia.

How to stop a barking dog

How To Stop A Barking Dog- Diagnosing The Problem

There are two main types of dog barking that I typically see.  If you are going to know how to stop a barking dog it’s important to first understand the ‘why’ and the motivation behind your little buddy’s barks:

  • Barking for a purpose- This is a dog who runs to the window to bark at passers-by, barks at people or dogs on walks, barks when someone rings the doorbell, etc.  In other words, there are very clear and visual triggers that cause the dog to bark.
  • Nuisance barking- This is a dog who barks to hear themselves ‘talk’.  They bark at every other sound, bark when lonely in the crate, bark at leaves rustling, etc.  In other words, there is no clear and present threat, trigger, etc. they are simply barking because they want something and aren’t getting it.

How To Stop A Barking Dog- The Solution

As I mentioned previously, if you want to know how to stop a barking dog, first diagnose why it is happening.  Once you know the motivation then it’s important to address the problem head on:

  • For dogs that are barking with a purpose it’s important to replace the bad behavior with good behavior.  For example, have your dog lie down and stay rather than rush to the door when someone knocks.  Have your dog heel properly by your side instead of barking at dogs and other people.   For most dogs and owners this will require an increase in obedience training and perhaps even an advanced level of training.  Our clients will typically use the foundation obedience or advanced e-collar obedience programs to help solve those issues.
  • For nuisance barkers I typically just correct the barking.  This may be with a leash correction, squirt bottle, or e-collar correction.  Following the correction I’ll praise the silence.

 

How To Train A Dog To Focus

How To Train A Dog To Focus

The following is a question from one of the members of our website:

My dog is very good at obeying a command when he is looking at me and I tell him what to do along with giving him a gesture with my hand.  He gets distracted easily.

What would you suggest that I do when I have my dog is on leash and I want him to “look” at me so that I can give him a command using my hand and voice at the same time?

Thanks for your time.  Awesome videos, your techniques actually work!!!

Diane

How To Train A Dog To Focus

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How To Train A Dog To Focus

Generally speaking, when I’m asked how to train a dog to focus and how to train a dog with hand signals I give an answer that most people weren’t expecting.  That reason is, I almost never train a dog to focus on command.  The reason why is two-fold:

  1. It’s limiting.  People who want to learn how to train a dog to focus often don’t realize that it’s essentially training the dog to not pay attention until someone is begging for their attention.
  2. It’s cumbersome.  I like to have my command be a call to attention AND a call to action.

In that sense I am training a dog to focus but I’m not doing it in the sense that most people are asking about.  Here is how to train a dog to focus:

  • Give one ‘free’ command.  Just say the command in a calm even tone.  It doesn’t matter if the dog is paying attention or not, simply give the command.
  • If the dog obeys the command, great!  Praise the dog.
  • If the dog disobeys the command, don’t get upset.  Simply repeat the command with a correction.  This step of the formula is how to train a dog to focus.  Simply put, it doesn’t matter if the dog was paying you any heed to begin with.  When you start correcting for non-compliance the dog quickly learns to pay attention AND obey the given command.
  • Praise the dog once the correction achieved compliance.
  • Insist on permanence; i.e. if you’ve said sit, keep sitting.  If you’ve said heel, keep heeling, etc.

The occasions where I DO teach a dog to focus are generally based around fixing an aggression issue where the dog needs pay attention to the owner vs. the aggressive trigger.

My advice to my clients is to NOT train their dogs to focus on command but to rather have a higher level of obedience requiring the dog to be at the ready for commands throughout the day.

Using An Electric Collar To Train A Dog To Come When Called

In this video you’ll see the first session of my recall training with the e-collar.  This is just a brief video that is a taste of what is found in the hours and hours of training found in my dvd program.

 

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