A barking dog or a more polite phrase is a talkative dog. Most dogs bark, but there are some that bark very seldom, others bark a lot. Puppies bark for a number of reasons. They may yelp in protest of being handled or another puppy playing too rough. Some puppies or adult dogs have harmonic play bark involving growls, and it is a noisy bark. German Shepherds and Alaskan Malamutes have what is called a Christmas “tree” bark. Poodles on the other hand have a noisy overlapping sound when they bark. The American Staffordshire Terriers and Bull Terriers have a noisy play bark that is harsh, low pitched with a sharp rise. Short, low –pitched barks are warning and can be threat bark in dogs.
Most people think puppies are cute and even their barking is cute, but as they grow into an adult dog this can become a problem. You as the owner need to train the puppy that some forms of barking are all right but others are not acceptable, just like housing training.
Start as soon as you bring your puppy home about barking. Playful barking is good but don’t let it get beyond your control. Puppies need to know from the start when you say No Barking or No Bark they will stop. You might try removing the audience, when your puppy barks, if you come running every time you are rewarding the behavior. Instead praise your puppy after he stops the number of barks you think are appropriate with Good bark, Good dog, now Hush and give him a treat. It is hard for dogs to continue barking if they are chewing. If your puppy continues to barks, turn your back and leave the room. Most dogs want company and you are telling your puppy that they are doing something wrong. They will want your attention and so will stop barking. It is important to remember that giving treats to puppies as a reward will become a habit and the puppy or adult dog will not obey unless you treat him. One of their kibbles is good and will not interfere with their diet. Better still is the commands with no treats so they will get used to obeying and if you happen to be outdoors and have no treats then there is not going to be a problem.
While on A Lease:
When you start lease walking your puppy it is very important to not them do any barking at anything, people, other dogs, bikes, scooters, cars, in other words they should be quiet when walking on a lease. When they start to bark, use the sit stay command until they stop barking.
Yelling when your puppy is barking for no reason only confuses them and then both of you are flustered.
Nuisance barking dogs are one of the biggest complaints that people have. They need to be trained as a puppy not to bark when left alone. Either in a crate, room, or yard. Nuisance or excessive barking is a behavior problem that can be controlled when they are a puppy with some time and training, you can have an adult dog that hardly barks.
Control Barking Collars:
The market has electric collars that deliver a shock when a vibration sensor is detected like barking. A citronella collar releases a spray when the dog starts barking. Training again is still the best method to stop barking when you bring your puppy home. Head halters such as the Gentle Leader can work wonders on a puppy, as the lead gently presses the puppy’s mouth shut for a few seconds of pressure and tells them to stop barking, also you do not have to say a thing. Some owners have found that a pop can with coins in it will stop barking if used when the puppy first barks with the command No Bark. Other owners have found that a spray bottle filled with water works, but that can work against the owner if it is water dog as they will think you are playing a game. The last resort for some owners is a surgical procedure called debarking. This is a serious procedure and should be discussed with your veterinarian, but only after the owner has tried all other methods should this be even considered.
Most Barking Dog Breeds:
Vetstreet.com asked 218 Veterinary professionals which are the most talkative breeds. They answered the following have a lot to say, the Bloodhound, Yorkshire Terrier, German Shepherd, Basset Hound, Miniature Schnauzer, American English Coonhound, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Miniature Pinscher, and the Beagle. Some people prefer a quieter puppy while others like a puppy that talks a bit more. It is important to note that all dogs can become a barker if allowed to.
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