Pekingese Insider Tip #2: How to Control Dog Barking


Pekingese Insider Tip #2: How to Control Dog Barking

So, how to control dog barking? Dogs bark for several reasons and not just because they perceive it as fun. In order for you to understand your pekingese, you should find out the primary cause of it. The pekingese breed is a dog watchdog since they are barkers, really. They tend to bark at anything and everything that they think is threatening. However, if you find it too noisy, then you should illiminate the reason on why he is barking away.

Dogs usually bark to warn their owners about something or when they are anxious, excited or feeling playful, when they are seeking attention or bored and when responding to the bark of other dogs.

But if your pekingese barks for no reason at all then the reason for that is the fact that you may have had put him in a spot where it is more rewarding for him to bark than to be quiet. And the solution here lies in you, you must be able to train him that being quiet is more rewarding that being so noisy.

How to Control Dog Barking

Dogs bark for a purpose. As a pack animal, the barking serves to communicate with the pack, even if the only other member of that pack is the dog owner. One of the most frequently asked questions is ‘how do I stop my dog from barking?’.

When a dog owner asks how to stop a dog from barking, the question is really ‘how do I turn off the behaviour?’. A simple way to turn ‘off’ the behaviour is to learn how to turn ‘on’ the behaviour. Yes, one of the simplest way to stop the dog from barking is to teach the dog to bark. In teaching the dog to bark, it is putting the behaviour under stimulus control. You control the barking. It can be a game to dog. However, it does teach the dog exactly what you, the owner and hopefully the pack leader, wants.

Source: Locker Gnome, by Catherine Forsythe

Bark Control Techniques:

  1. Find out why your dog is barking. Try to figure out if it is caused by excitement, boredom, or he is simply guarding your place. If you find the cause, eliminate it immediately.
  2. Take him out on a walk or let him play outside to relieve his boredom. Bring him to obedience training school if you can afford it. But him different dog toys and puzzle cubes that has keebles in them to reduce his boredom when you are not around.
  3. Bring him inside your place at night so that he won’t be disturbing the neighbors plus he won’t also be hearing too much noise that might cause him to bark. Also try installing privacy fencing so that he won’t see any distractions that might cause him to bark.
  4. When he is barking, encourage him to stop by gently closing his mouth and command him to stop and offer him his favorite treat when he follows you.
  5. Consider using an anti-bark collar. There are 3 kinds of collars: spray, aversive, and shock. Shock collars causes pain and would increase behavior problems. Citronella spray collars are as effective as the shock collars minus the harm done. Sound-releasing collars emit a sound that only dogs can hear but it isn’t that effective.

Those are just simple steps on how to control dog barking. It is not a complete list and there are other more aggressive ways in order to debark your pekingese if you want to. Just consult your vet about it.  If you ask me, training your pekingese to become a less barker is better than totally silencing him via surgical means. It is normal for a dog to bark as it is their way of conveying their feelings to us, just try to understand them and be patient on training him to bark less.

Any suggestions on how you handle your dog barking? Share your ideas with us so that we can help each other out in solving this issue.



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