How to Stop a Dog from Barking - Dog Training for Behavior Problems

Updated on February 23, 2016
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Mazlan has had chicken and duck as pets and also fish, guinea pigs, and rabbits, but now is happy to be surrounded by just four cats.

My neighbor's dogs - with behavior problems?
My neighbor's dogs - with behavior problems? | Source

My Neighbor's Dog will Bark at Almost Anyone

How do you stop your neighbor's dogs from barking?

My neighbor’s dogs will bark at almost anyone that comes to the front gate whether there are family members, friends, strangers or intruders. The dogs will bark nonstop. It gets irritating especially when you want a quiet moment. My son will curse and shout back at the dogs when he wants to concentrate on his study.

Problem is it is not one, but five dogs!!! We have learned to live and accept this predicament as our neighbor is an 80-year-old woman who practically lives alone, except for the house cleaner and occasional visits by family members.

Her children now live overseas, one in England and two in Australia. Therefore, the dogs, besides being her friends, are also her guard dogs for security and surveillance. The dog's barks gave her comfort. It tells her that everything is fine. This psychological reassurance is important especially to the elderly. I guess when we get old; we may have to resort to some form of psychological reassurance such as this. What will you do when you get old and live alone?

Definitely not letting a dog barked unnecessarily. You should control and train them. Training a dog may not be easy and some people turn to professional dog training courses.

However, there are some easy methods on how to do dog training for behavior problems such as barking unnecessarily. Here are my suggestions.

Don't you mess around with me! Will someone please stop that barking dog?
Don't you mess around with me! Will someone please stop that barking dog? | Source

Dog Trivia

Do you know that domestic violence and animal cruelty are somewhat linked? In a study, published by American Humane Association:

"68% of battered women reported violence towards their animal. Between 25% and 40% of these battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets if they leave. Battered women have been known to live in their cars with their pets for as long as four months until an opening was available at a pet-friendly safe house."

Why do dog barks

First, let us understand why the dog barks.

It could be due to sheer excitement, happy, sad, anxiety or danger. Therefore, the aim is not to stop the dog from barking completely, but controlling excessive barking.

The following tips do not include any physical punishment like smacking the dog’s nose, no matter how gentle or spraying the dog with any form of chemicals or water, shouting or yelling as recommended by some people. I for one do not believe in physical pain, no matter how humane, when it comes to training your pet.

Here are the tips on how to stop your dog from barking:

  • Do not reward a dog’s barking. If the dog barks excessively, do not give him a cuddle or let him in (if he was barking outside) This give the wrong signal to the dog that it is OK to bark. I guess my neighbor does this all the time.
  • Do not yell at the dog as he may think that barking and yelling are OK.
  • When dogs are bored or feel neglected, they bark unnecessarily. Try to keep them occupied and, if possible, don’t leave them alone too long a period. Also, don’t leave them alone outside all day and night. Giving your dog plenty of exercises (both physically & mentally) is the best way to keep them occupied. They will most likely be too tired to bark from boredom or frustration. It also creates that bonding, which is important for your dog.
  • If you have to leave your dog alone, keep him/her occupied. Give toys especially those that are hollow that you may fill up with food, which will serve as a reward. KONG is great for this. It is a non-toxic toy with a hollow center and you can stuff it with his favorite food. KONG is dishwasher safe, hence easily clean.
  • Dog barks when the doorbell rings or when the phone rings. To train your dog not to bark when this happens, ask someone to ring the door or your phone on a regular basis for a few days. When it rings, sit quietly and don’t do anything. Continue this process for a few days and your dog will get the message. This may be easier said than done. Yup, and it takes patience and a lot of determination to do this!
  • If the dog barks when you return home, ignore him for a while. This may not be easy. You do not want to give him the wrong signal that you acknowledged his barking. Once things are quieter and settled, you may go ahead and cuddle him, but only after you have cuddled your (human) partner. You wouldn't want to give the wrong message to your partner, right?.

Dog that Refused to Stop Barking

New Zealand, February 2013: It was reported in the news that a dog barked continuously and refused to stop. This helped saved a mother and her two kids from their house that caught fire.

  • The dog barks when someone is at the gate. The simplest way is to hide the dog’s vision to this area. Dogs have an acute sense of hearing and smell. He will definitely know that someone is at the gate, despite the ‘blocked vision’ strategy. One of the better ways is to associate that person at the gate with a form of treat so that whenever that person comes, he will bring with him your dog’s favorite food or toy. Of course, you have to buy and supply him your dog's favorite stuff, silly!!!
  • Your dog barks for attention or when he wants something. Ignore his barking and he will soon become frustrated and will stop. You may also tell him to ‘quiet’ in a soft tone and reward him if he responds.
  • Sometimes we tend to ignore the dog when he is quite. Instead, we should reward him for this behavior. Shower your love and affection when this happens by playing with him, cuddling him and be by his side all the time. Your presence is a form of reward that is easiest to give. The bond between you, the master and the dog, is an important aspect of training your dog good behavior. Now repeat this procedure with your partner...

My neighbor's dog. Too cute to attend dog training courses?
My neighbor's dog. Too cute to attend dog training courses? | Source

Dog Training for Behavior Problems: Be Consistent with your dog training

Make sure when you follow the above methods, the rest of the family members do the same.

You need to be consistent otherwise, you will confuse the dog with your dog training method. This is important as it will take longer to train, or it may not even work.

In addition, different dog breeds will react differently to each of the above methods.

Keep us posted on your dog-training progress

A happy dog is a happy owner is a happy neighbor!

Good Luck. Let us know of your success or frustration (hopefully not) and don't forget to send us photos of your dogs.

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Alternatively, get help from professional dog trainer or buy dog-training courses

Bark training a dog is not easy. It is time-consuming and can be frustrating.

If you want to learn the fast and easy way to fix your dog’s behavior problems, get a professional help or buy dog-training courses.

Google for dog training centers near you, for the professional help. Alternatively, check on the website for eBooks and CDs that will take you through these various steps on dog training courses.

Some sites have almost everything you want from dog barking, adopting a puppy, dog obedience training, dog tricks and downloading of eBooks. Most will have a discussion forum on several issues relating to training your dogs and access to several resources.

Before you choose a dog-training course

When choosing a dog-training course, make sure it has been well tested. Do a bit of research on feedback from users through forums and blogs. Avoid training program that inflicts pain as part of the conditioning method.

The most effective method is having the dog trained directly by the owner and not by a professional trainer. The owner, guided by the professional trainer, will use and enforce the methods. This is important, as consistent command, style and enforcement will expedite the learning curves.

Basically, a dog or any animal for that matter learns through connection/association, repetition, and consistency. Consistency can only come from the owner via your body language and voice tone. At the end of the day, you want your dog to be happy and affectionate.

Is electronic dog collars OK?

I personally don’t believe in the CD that emits the ultrasonic sound or the anti-barking electronic dog collars that give out a brief electric shock or collars that emit a spray of citronella mist.

I tend to associate them with a punishment device. It’s cruel and may give rise to other problems. It definitely should not be your first option. Dogs are smart and they will know how to overcome these restrictions. Your best bet is to try the above training methods, get professional trainers or get the eBook and CD on the proper dog training courses.

By the way, please do not use a muzzle to quiet noisy dogs even when you are around. It restricts their natural instinct of breathing, yawning and, of course, eating and drinking. Dog pant in order to cool down and with the muzzle, it will restrict this movement. If you love your dog, you should not do this at all.

Now that you have read tips and advice on how to stop that barking dog and on dog training for behavior problems, will you do it yourself or get professional help?

Thanks for Reading

Thanks for reading Stop that barking dog. Dog training for Behavior Problems and thanks for voting♥

Links to ASPCA and RSPCA

I have also added links to RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and American Humane Association as further readings. ASPCA has fantastic reference resources not just on dog care, but also cat care. They also have sections on Medical Help and Behavior Help including dog barking.

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      Armi 23 months ago from Kuopio, Savo, Finland

      I have had a dog for tens of years. Never had the problem of barking dog, I feel sorry for people who have to experience that!!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Derdriu, thanks for your input and sharing your thoughts. We are still enduring the daily barking from our neighbour’s dogs and as mentioned in my article, we got used to it. My neighbour is well past 80 year old and she find it comforting to have the dog around and we understand her situation. Sometime we have to sacrifice something to ensure good neighbourhood spirit.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      GreatStuff, It's an interesting situation since barking can be so intrusive and unsettling. On the other hand, police officers who give neighborhood safety talks often consider it a mistake to discourage dogs from barking.

      I like your discouragement of shouting at pets. There's a difference between speaking firmly and shouting, and cats and dogs notice it.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @DrMark1961 Thanks for the visit and taking time to read and comment. Have a beautiful day

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I had not read those statistics before about dogs and battered women. Thanks for including them. Good article.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Thelma Alberts, thanks. I am glad you find the article, informative and useful.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi John, if you have only 3 months, it is best that you get a professional to help train your dog. It will cost you a bit, but it is worth it. Keep us posted on the progress, will you. Thanks for the visit.

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      John 5 years ago

      I am moving to a flat in 3months with my male Bichon who barks furiously if anyone comes to door or close to door. The management company will only accept him if well behaved and quiet. What can I do about this not to give him up? John, Cheshire, UK

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi shadowhound90. Thank you for your kind comments, really appreciate it.

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      shadowhound90 5 years ago from England

      Hey I loved this post because I am a big animal lover but you have pointed out that a fair few dogs can be an annoyce :) I am gonna follow your treads as they are interesting :) good up the amazing work :)

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi PADDYBOY60

      Thanks for dropping by and your comment.

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      PADDYBOY60 6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Very interesting hub. Nice work. I have had many dogs in my lifetime. They can be pretty cool companions, but there is nothing worse than a dog that barks at every little thing. Thanks for the info.

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi greatstuff - and Welcome to HubPages!

      Thank you for writing this excellent hub. I really appreciate that you have explained WHY a dog barks, as well as training tips to help stop the barking. Valuable info for all dog owners!


      Voted up / interesting

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi thanks for your comment. You are right we human being are always the cause of all the problems. Look at the world now..

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      Angie Jardine 6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Well done, greatstuff! Valuable and interesting hub ... welcome to HubPages and its community. Looking forward on your next hub 'How to stop your partner barking' ... :)

      Voted up etc. (Don't worry, you'll soon get the hang of it all).

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      lizzie625 6 years ago

      I don't think most of us being around with dogs. It is usually people who causes all the problems, and frankly, I am willing to share my lunch with a dog and the same goes out to any children and adults. :) Though, in my families, we like to wash them so that when they decide to go on morning begging treats time, their nose is at least clean. All dogs would play when they are together, it is inevitable mischiefs occurs. Most of us have learned to just clean up now.