A Dog is said to be a man’s best friend. And indeed this is true. One of the first animals to be domesticated, today dogs are the foremost choice of pets for people of all ages. Some of Australia’s local dog breeds are the Aussie Cattle dog, Kelpie, Terrier and of course the Koolie.
There is no doubt that we all love dogs but a common issue that arises today is the constant barking that may disturb all the neighbours who may be trying to work, study or simply sleep. Sometimes your neighbours might complain to the authorities and it may result in the poor animal’s vocal chords getting clipped. But there has to be another answer to this.
In order to know how to curb this, we need to first understand why it actually happens. Dogs bark for many reasons chief among them are:
- Maintaining territory
- Attention Seeking
- Compulsive barking behaviour
- Barking in response to other dogs
But there are some overlooked areas as well.
- Not getting proper exercise
- Being left alone for long periods
- Being bored
- Oral needs such as food or toys
Make sure that you understand first why your dog is most likely to bark.
There are a number of ways by which dogs can be made to stop barking, but it’s also important to understand that barking is in a dog’s nature and however hard we might try, barking will not completely stop.
Here are some of the ways to stop barking.
- Behavioural Training:
Most often than not, simple behavioural training should curb a dog’s tendency to bark. If a dog has been trained to bark at strangers or people walking by the door, then they would bark every time they see a new face. They may also bark while meeting new dogs.
For an effective training, you must lay down and follow a proper guideline.
- Rewards: Reward the dog for each time it follows your command to start or stop barking. When it does, not take the rewards away. This way it can be trained understand when to stop barking.
- Training them to follow your commands: This part is to be used in tandem with the rewards. Introduce a command to stop barking like “Stop” or “Quiet”. And when they comply, reward them with treats. When they don’t take these rewards away. This way, over a period of time they can be made to start and stop barking on commands.
- Anti-Barking Dog Collars
Anti-Barking Dog collars are able to detect the vibrations in the dog’s throat to detect the barking and provide a shock, noise or spray citronella on the dog to deter it from barking. This way the dog recognises over time that barking leads to a punishment and stops barking. This may or may not work depending in your situation. To understand this, you need to be clear on the cause of barking. This may also not be legal depending on where you live.
- Consult a Doctor
If nothing works, you need to visit an Animal Behaviourist Specialist, a Veterinary Behaviourist or a Certified Dog Trainer.