Barking is a very common dog behavior problem. Barking is a dog's method of communication; it is fine for a dog to bark, however, when the barking becomes very loud or excessive, that is when it becomes a problem for yourself and your neighbors.
The common reasons for excessive dog barking are simple things such as:
- They are bored and have not had enough activity or exercise
- They are frustrated. This can happen if they wish to do something but are not able to
- They are scared.
There are some simple methods that you can use to reduce the amount of barking your dog does, here are some you can try:
Exercise more often. Dogs need exercise, they need to be walked quite regularly, otherwise they will be very bored and have too much energy, all you need to do is walk your dog every day, this should make it tired.
Train the dog to stop barking. You can train the dog to stop by teaching it to react to certain commands, for example, if you say "hush", you can do this by giving treats every time a command is successfully obeyed.
Give your dog more attention. Dogs like attention and affection, if you don't spend much time with your dog and they are left by themselves quite often, you may find it will bark more out of frustration and boredom.
These are just some of the simple methods you can try to use to reduce your dogs barking problem, training is probably the most affective method and it would be a good idea for you to train your dog properly.
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