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Stop a Dogs’ Barking By Ignoring It

Thursday, April 26, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Your dog starts barking for no reason and your immediate reaction is to tell him to stop, or even raise your voice to him. You’ll soon find out that this doesn’t work and can actually make the problem worse. The dog can also see your attention as a reward. Whenever it is possible, ignore your dog when he starts barking for no apparent reason.

  • If your dog starts barking, don’t even look at him. Make sure there is no eye contact, turn your back until he quiets down. As soon as he stops, give him a treat and praise him.
  • After your dog learns that he is being rewarded for being quiet, you can start to lengthen the time that he needs to be quiet before receiving a treat.
  • This method works best outside of your home. Try in on walks or when visiting friends.

Many apartment complexes allow pets but when a dog is constantly barking, this can cause problems with the neighbors and the landlord.

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