The following question comes from a reader of our site:
Nuisance Barking- Video Response
Nuisance Barking- Key Points For A Solution
There are a few things you’ve tried that haven’t worked. The reasons for why they haven’t worked are simple:
- Telling isn’t training. This is one of the things I teach a lot. Just telling the dog ‘no’ does nothing to communicate what you actually want. Dogs are physical learners and don’t learn terribly well with just verbal. Yes, we can teach them verbal commands but if you are simply telling a dog ‘no’ in a stern voice that won’r really do anything to train the dog.
- Ignoring bad behavior CAN work at times. It doesn’t work too often, though, and doesn’t tend to even work well when it does ‘kind of’ work. Just because you ignore her nuisance barking doesn’t mean that the barking itself gives the reward to the dog.
The path I would go down would be obedience related. She needs to learn to deal with her anxiety and stress and she needs to learn that she’s not the one calling the shots. I would have her wearing a leash at all times and I would use that leash to teach a ‘place’ command on a dog bed when she starts barking. The idea is that you want to condition her to learn how to calm down.
Our foundation obedience training program goes into a lot of detail on the obedience necessary to fix this kind of issue.