Whether breed-related, boredom or fear: excessive barking can have a variety of reasons. In our guide: "Why is it if the dog barks constantly?" you will find some tips on how to find the cause and a dog trainer will be happy to assist you. After that there is some training with which you can stop your dog from barking all the time.
If constant barking is breed-related: this is how you can stop it
Certain dog breeds simply bark and enjoy more often than others - allow them, but in moderation. In the best case, you can make your darling in need of notification just as tasty as barking on command.
If your dog likes to start yapping concerts as soon as the doorbell rings, you can try the following: barking three times is fine, then say "off!" or another command, which you use consistently if you want to get rid of unwanted barking.
If he is quiet, praise him extensively but calmly so that he does not feel excited to bark again. If he starts barking again, play the same game again: Praise him as soon as he clicks "Out!" heard. He'll understand soon. It is important that you are patient and do not scold your darling when he barks. Then he does not understand that you are angry with him and certainly not why. Instead, he perceives your loud voice as a bark on your part and may even feel confirmed.
When the dog barks out of vigilance or boredom
A dog that is underemployed and turns into sheer boredom out of sheer boredom needs a change of mind and lots of exercise. Take an extra long walk with him before going to work and leaving him alone. If he has a particularly high urge to move, you should power him out by bike and vary the lap.
Dog sports like agility also ensure that your four-legged friend prefers to take a nap instead of barking out of boredom when he is at home alone for a few hours. However, the fast-paced sport is not suitable for every dog. If your four-legged friend tends to be hyperactive and would be pumped up by agility rather than exhausted, quieter training methods are more suitable for him, which require his concentration and appeal to his subtle senses, for example degility, obedience, trick dogging, dog dancing or nose work. In our guide "Conditioned Relaxation: Calm Dog" you can read how you can help your four-legged friend if he is easily excitable. Even if your dog is physically restricted or has to take care of his joints due to his body size, intelligence games and concentration exercises are optimal for him to escape the boredom.
A dog that barks out of vigilance at every sound in the stairwell should preferably not be allowed to wake up right in front of the front door - if your hallway can be closed by an intermediate door, close it and leave your dog in the living area in which there is something gets less of what's going on outside. You can also leave the radio on if you want to stop barking because it calms him down and ensures that the steps in the hallway don't make the only sound he hears.
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Barking out of fear and insecurity
If a dog is unsure and is already sounding the alarm when only a jogger walks past you, you should give him security. Keep him on a leash, let him go next to you, and ignore his behavior. Otherwise you accidentally exercise positive reinforcement and "reward" your dog for his fearful behavior. This also happens when - out of compassion and with the best intentions - you want to comfort your darling and talk to him calmly. Then he thinks he has every reason to be afraid if even his heart and "pack leader" sees cause to de-escalate the situation. In return, if you act as if nothing is going on, your dog will also understand that there is no cause for excitement and will calm down.
Constant barking: when is professional help needed?
Dog sports can not only save your four-legged friend from boredom, but also strengthen the bond between you and your dog and ensure that he feels safe with you. The best thing to do is to get a dog trainer to help you who can stop your anxious, bored or overgrown darling from barking. This is especially true if you don't know why your dog barks so much.
If your four-legged friend has only recently started to make excessive noises, although he was otherwise of the quieter type, a visit to the veterinarian cannot do any harm. Your dog may be sick and wants to tell you by barking. If the veterinarian could not find any physical complaints, an animal psychologist can help you in addition to the dog trainer. He is very familiar with dog behavior and, when talking to you and dealing with your darling, he may be able to find causes for his undesirably loud behavior that you have not yet noticed.