How to teach a puppy not to bark

Dogs can bark for a number of reasons and it is very important to understand their bark in order to teach them not to bark. Sometimes a dog may bark as a warning, because something hurts, because it is playing, out of fear. But on other occasions, dogs bark just because they bark. Puppies, when they bark, may be due to insecurity after being taken out of their pack and into a human family. Be that as it may, here we want to give you some tips so that you can learn how to teach a puppy not to bark.

Make sure the barking is not an alarm

You do not have to stop your puppy’s barking if it is a sign that something is wrong, if it is because of an alarm signal or because it is warning you of a danger. But if your dog barks for no reason, then you can use some techniques to get him to learn to bark only when it is to communicate with you.

Some more nervous puppies and dogs will bark at the slightest noise, disturbance, or movement. Although these barks can go with their instincts, the owner may be reinforcing this behavior without realizing it.

If you yell at a barking puppy or dog, they will be thinking you are joining their barking. If you say so softly, your dog may think that you like him to bark and he will think that you are praising him for barking. So how to act correctly to teach a puppy not to bark?

Remove the motivation that makes him bark

To teach a puppy not to bark it is important that you watch your attitude. If your dog gets some kind of reward when he barks (even if it’s you’re screaming to be quiet) he will continue to do so. It is important to remove the motivation that prompts you to bark. Find out what his barking means and remove that motivation. Don’t give your puppy a chance to keep barking.

For example, if he barks at people or animals who pass in front of the window of your house, draw the curtains or put your dog in another room. If he barks at people when he’s in the garden, bring him home. Also, remember that you should never leave your dog outside your home unsupervised – neither day nor night.

Ignore the barking

Ignore your dog’s barking unless it is for a purpose. You need to ignore him at a certain time to teach him not to bark. This means that you shouldn’t pay any attention to it at all while your puppy is barking. Your attention while barking could be his reward for being loud, and this doesn’t interest you. Don’t talk to him, don’t touch him or look at him. When he calms down and stops barking, then you can reward him with a treat.

To be successful with this method, it is important that you wait as long as necessary for it to stop barking. If he barks for a long time that frustrates you and you yell at him, chances are he will bark for even longer next time. He will learn that if he barks long enough, he can get your attention. Remember to remove the motivation for barking without paying attention to the barking.

Steps to follow to stop barking

You can follow a few steps to teach a puppy not to bark:

  • Stop looking at the dog when it barks
  • Once he stops barking praise your dog and give him a treat
  • Extends the time that must be without barking before giving a new reward
  • Remember that you should start small, first you can be silent for a few seconds and then work for longer periods
  • The amount of silence time varies. For example, give him a reward after 5 seconds, then after 12 seconds, then after 20 seconds, and so on.

If you sometimes have aggressive instincts, in this other article we will tell you how to prevent a puppy from biting.

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