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How to reduce the amount of time a dog spends barking

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If a dog starts barking incessantly and apparently for no reason, try some of these preventative methods to stop the behavior.

Rated 0 points - posted 9 years ago by kris in category Other.
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Take the dog on plenty of walks Report Abuse
this will provide exercise and cause less boredom
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Do not leave the dog home alone for long periods Report Abuse
when they get bored they bark
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Do not reward the barking by giving treats or meals to calm the dog Report Abuse
tell them NO
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Do not use punishments like shock collars Report Abuse
there are much more humane ways to cure the dog
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Distract the dog with a toy or activity Report Abuse
distraction works!
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Provide a treat once the dog stops barking Report Abuse
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Distract the dog by giving commands like “sit,” or “lie down” Report Abuse
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Let the dog play outside often Report Abuse
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Do not let the dog bark incessantly, even while outside Report Abuse
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Train the dog to be quiet and speak on command Report Abuse
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Get the dog’s attention by clapping or whistling Report Abuse
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Do not consider de-barking surgery, it only muffles the bark Report Abuse
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Give the dog plenty of positive attention Report Abuse
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If the dog is lonely, consider getting another dog Report Abuse
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Understand that sometimes the dog is trying to defend the home Report Abuse
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Praise the dog anytime it is quiet and well-behaved Report Abuse
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Understand that some dogs are bred to bark more than others Report Abuse
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Become familiar the dog’s different types of barks and what they mean Report Abuse
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If training seems impossible, visit a professional dog trainer Report Abuse
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If all else fails, considering going to the vet for advice Report Abuse
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