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How to Stop Your Dog's Excessive Barking

Expecting a dog to never bark would be unrealistic but there are times that you wonder how to get dogs to stop barking at every noise.

how to get dogs to stop barking at every noise

As you will see in this blog post, there are several reasons behind your Fluffy Friend’s behaviour.

It’s just a matter of understanding and then handling accordingly. 

If excessive barking is a problem in your home too, you’ve come exactly to the right place.

Let us guide you through the process!

Why Do Dogs Bark?

Identifying the reason behind your dog’s barking is the first step.

Barking is a type of vocal communication used by dogs that can mean a variety of things depending on the situation.

Here are some of the reasons dogs bark:

  • how to get dogs to stop barking at every noise

    When a person or an animal enters an area that your dog considers their territory, this frequently results in excessive barking in order to protect it.

    The barking often becomes louder as the perceived threat approaches.

    With this type of barking, your dog will appear alert, even aggressive.

  • Fear:

    Some dogs will bark in response to any loud noise or object that catches their attention or startles them.

    This can occur anywhere.

    When they are scared, their emotional response usually is in the form of barking with their ears turned back and a tucked tail.

  • Boredom or sadness:

    Dogs are social animals, so boredom and loneliness are common.

    Dogs left alone for long periods of time, whether inside or outside, can become bored or sad, and will frequently bark to express their displeasure.

    It's essential to expose your pup to social situations from time to time.

  • Excitement:

    Dogs frequently bark when greeting family members or other animals.

    It's usually a happy bark, accompanied by tail wags and, occasionally, jumping.

    Also, a dog barking can mean he wants something.

    He may want to go outside, play, or get a treat.

  • Separation Anxiety:

    When dogs are left alone, they frequently bark excessively.

    They frequently exhibit additional symptoms such as pacing, destructiveness, depression, and inappropriate elimination.

  • Medical Condition:

    Excessive dog barking can be caused by a variety of medical issues, ranging from bee stings to brain disease to chronic pain.

    An old dog may develop canine senility, which causes excessive vocalizations.

    It's always a good idea to have a veterinarian examine a pet to ensure there's no medical reason for a problem.

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How To Deal With Excessive Barking

As dog owners, it’s our responsibility to be committed to our companions.

This means that we need to take the time and effort as well as practice and consistency!

Of course, correcting undesired behaviour won't happen overnight, but with the right training techniques and patience, you will definitely see gratifying results.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you begin your journey to correcting your dog's constant barking:

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Physical Exercise and Mental Stimulation Are Key

A tired dog is a peaceful dog.

If your dog barks when left alone, try to tire them out before you leave.

A great idea is to go for a long walk or run, play tug, or visit the dog park.

Treat their Separation Anxiety

If your pooch spends hours barking and whining when you leave, you should definitely train with them so their anxiety goes away!

We wrote a whole blog post about that, just click here: "6 Tips to Help your Dog with Separation Anxiety"

Teach Them How to Play Alone

Providing your dog with something to do during the day can also help.

Consider leaving out a couple of food-dispensing toys filled with tasty treats.

These puzzle toys are great for your pup's mental exercise and will likely keep them occupied for several hours before they eventually get tired and take a nap.

Additionally, consider leaving him with his favourite toy to keep him comforted while you're away.

Find Alternatives to Barking for your Dog's Communication

Barking for attention should never be rewarded.

If your puppy barks for water and you fill the dish, you've taught them to bark in order to get what they want.

It's the same if they bark to go outside.

So teach them to go out by ringing a bell you've tied to the door handle.

If they bang the water dish before filling it, they might start pushing it with their nose to make the same noise.

If they bark and you notice their dish is empty, wait a few minutes, do something else, and then refill it so they don't realize their barking was effective.

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Basic Commands go a Long Way

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To prevent a dog from barking every time pet parents come home or the doorbell rings, teach them other behaviours.

One method is to teach your dog to go to a specific location and remain there when the door opens.

It's preferable if they can see the door but aren't too close to it.

The best way to go about this is to choose a location and practice getting your dog to go there and stay without touching the door.

Make it a game by using lots of high-value treats and praise.

When your pet is consistently doing this, begin opening the front door while they are in their spot.

Allow someone to come in the door once you can open it and your dog will stay in their spot.

Of course, your dog will attempt to leave the spot at first, but with time and practice, they will learn to stay in their spot when the door opens and guests enter.

Also, never give your dog a treat for barking when you come home, no matter how happy you think they are.

Pet them or make eye contact with them only when your dog stops barking and sits quietly.

Then acknowledge and compliment them.

Teach them ‘’speak!’’ or ‘’quiet!’’ so they know how and when it is allowed for them to use their barking. 

What Pet Owners Should Not Do:

  • Don't encourage your dog to bark at certain sounds (a door slamming, outside noises, people passing by) while discouraging them from barking at others.
    Maintain consistency.

  • Never use a muzzle, shock collars or other form of restraint to keep a dog quiet for extended periods of time or when they are unsupervised.
    It can be harmful to your pet.

  • The most important thing is to not let undesired behaviour drag on indefinitely.
    The more a dog does something on a regular basis, the more it becomes ingrained.
    Barking can cause an adrenaline rush in dogs, making the barking enjoyable.
    Start with training as soon as possible!
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    This specific blog post was created especially for you.

    As we were reading through your comments on older blog posts we realized that some of you had similar issues, so we wanted to give something back to our community! 

    At this point we want to say that we’re very grateful for our readers, keep on commenting and letting us know what you’d like to read next!

    Until next time,

    … stay Fluffy!

    Your MrFluffyFriend Team

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    • The problem I have is I am usually on the 2nd floor of my home and my little one goes down the stairs where there is a window and barks at every noise outside and I cannot distract her because I am too far away from the stairs. What can I do?
      MrFluffyFriend™ replied:
      Hi Mary Eileen,

      You can try to install a baby/doggie gate so she won’t be able to go down. :)

      Mary Eileen Dooley
    • My daughter has just moved back with us with her 2 dachshunds , 1 male,1 female. They bark at everything, quite aggressively when the postman comes. My husband and I walk them every day , although we are not really dog people. We find it difficult putting up with the constant barking. Any advice would be appreciated
      MrFluffyFriend™ replied:
      Hey Paul,

      Thanks for your question. You mentioned that your daughter just moved back with you guys. Moving is very stressful to pets and they would need time and training to adjust to their new surroundings. Also, dachshunds belong to the hound group and they’re bred to hunt. It’s second nature to them to bark at almost everything and everyone. The good thing is, they’re very trainable. Try mental stimulation by giving them toys, playing fetch or learning a new command like “quiet” You could also try to physically wear them out through play time. If the barking becomes unmanageable, it would be best to consult with a vet or behaviourist.


    • We have a one year old female cocker spaniel. She is as good as gold when we are not at home with her but when we come home she barks loads, runs round the garden barking at the sky. She barks whenever someone walks past the house, when a siren goes off on the tv. We are running out of ideas to try and calm her. Would appreciate any advise
      MrFluffyFriend™ replied:
      Hey Wendy,

      Aww. We’re so sorry to hear that your pup is having issues with excessive barking especially when you’re home. As pet owners ourselves, we understand that this issue can be frustrating. Have you also tried an animal behaviourist or a trainer? They may help figure our what’s agitating your fur baby.

      Hope you get this sorted out soon! Your MrFluffyFriend Team

      Wendy Stroud
    • I have a 9yr old miniature schnauzer she barks at everything and has got worse since my husband passed away 10 months ago my neighbours are complaining about the noise help
      MrFluffyFriend™ replied:
      Hey Fiona,

      We’re sorry to hear that your Mini Schnauzer seemed to increase her vocalisation. While this breed is very vocal, you might want to teach her the command quiet to lessen her barking. There are many causes for excessive barking— boredom, anxiety, strangers, etc. It might be helpful to get to the bottom of her issue so treatment can be recommended. You might want to check with your vet or an animal behaviourist.

      Lots of luck!

      —From Your MrFluffyFriend Team!

      Fiona imlach
    • We have a Yorkshire Terrier nearly 2 years old, her barking is getting too much, whenever our neighbour walks his 2 dogs in the field next to our home she barks non stop nd gets very worked up, we have tried many things but none have been successful, she also barks when we are driving in the car at dogs she can see, its very off putting. We just want her to calm down and be quiet!, our other dog only barks at people coming to the door and then stops, We wish Maisie the Yorkie would!
      MrFluffyFriend™ replied:
      Hey Dee!

      We totally understand! That’s really frustrating! While Yorkies are known to be very vocal, incorporating new things to her routine is important to keep her stimulated. Then again, since you’ve already tried everything, have you also tried consulting with a behaviourist?

      Hope this helps!

      XO —From Your MrFluffyFriend Team!

      Dee Collins

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