How to Stop Excessive Barking in Dogs: Know How to Control your Pekingese


How to Stop Excessive Barking in Dogs: Know How to Control your Pekingese

How to stop excessive barking in dogs? Well, what can I say? Dogs will always be dogs. They will howl, whine and bark- that is only natural. Canines bark, or should I say vocalize in order for them to communicate with us as well as to express how they feel. They bark to warn us with the danger that is lurking ahead of us. But, if your dog does excessive barking down to the slightest detail, then that is already considered as a behavioral issue. For starters, your pet must know when to be quiet and when to bark and it is your job as the owner to teach him this. And the longer you teach him this, the harder it is to correct his behavior. This may be easier said than done as it would really require dedication, patience and consistency on your part.

There are various reasons on why your dog barks and it is very essential for you to understand them. Dogs don’t bark just because they want to annoy your neighbor or you nor becuase they think they can. Some breeds barks more than others while others don’t bark at all like the Basenji. And if you take the time to listen to their barking carefully, you will be able to decipher the different types of barks.

  • Alert. Intruder alert, most of the time. They tend to bark at the person who will pass by your house. It is their way of telling the other person not to mess with your house since he is there guarding the place. Mostly, this kind of bark is loud, authoritative and sharp.
  • Excitement. This is common in younger dogs or puppies. They bark while fooling around with you or with other dogs. And the sound of their bark is joyous and musical. Other dogs also bark like this when they know that you will take them for a walk or stroll in the car.
  • Seeking attention. You know when you hear this kind of bark. He would simply try to get your attention to let you know that he is there and that he is bored.
  • Anxiety. This is the kind of bark where whining is also present. This is common in dogs who are suffering from separation anxiety.

How to Stop Excessive Barking in Dogs

Remember, barking is natural! It’s an important means of communication for dogs. But sometimes problems can develop. As the pack leader, it’s your job to step in and control excessive barking. Here are my 5 tips to help you stop nuisance barking for good.

  • Correct dog problem behavior and follow through.
  • Stay calm when trying to stop dog barking.
  • Stake your claim to stop the barking.
  • Stop the barking by challenging your dog mentally and physically.
  • Get professional help to stop dog barking.

Source: Cesar’s Way, by Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer)

Preventing/Stopping Excessive Barking in Dogs

  • Exercise. Like how the old saying goes: “A tired dog is a quiet dog.” See to it that he has a lot of exercise so that he won’t have any pent-up energy inside which he would burn by barking endlessly.
  • Don’t leave him. By any chance, please do avoid leaving your dog alone for very long periods of time.
  • Don’t encourage barking. If he is barking just to get your attention, acknowledge it but don’t give him treats, pet, or hug him. He may associate it as a reward and he would be encouraged to bark more.
  • No shouting or punishing. Do not reprimand your dog by shouting if he is barking, this may cause him to bark even more.
  • Get her attention. Try clapping or whistling just to get his attention for a while and give him his favorite toy or treat to keep him busy. Puzzle toys are encouraged since it would stimulate his intelligence as well as keep him busy for hours.
  • Discipline him. Never allow your dog to keep on barking outside for no reason at all. Train him to be quiet to avoid making your neighbors as enemies.
  • Seek professional help. If you think you have done the best to your abilities and still  fail, try consulting the experts so that they can help you out with your problem.

Debarking is not a solution on how to stop excessive barking in dogs. In a dog lover’s opinion this surgery is rather unfair and unnecessary to the dog. There are lots of ways to correct your dog’s attitude, do your homework and implement them.

However, if the case here is your neighbor’s dog then that is just a nightmare especially if you cannot get any rest or sleep due to it. Try approaching the owner politely about it or send him a civil letter. You could also include in your letter the name of a trainer or dog behaviorist that you think could help him/her. However, if he/she would still continue to not do anything about the situation, then your last resort is to call the police.

Have you encountered such a neighbor? How did you handle the situation? Were you able to rectify the problem? Tell us more about the story by the space provided below. We would love to hear from you.



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