Barking is normal and healthy for dogs to do when they see another dog, feel anxious or excited, or just need to communicate something!
If you suddenly become attentive to your dog when they bark, this will encourage them to bark any time they want your attention! Instead, try completely ignoring your dog while they're barking. Then give them a treat and praise them when they stop.
2. Desensitize your dog to the stimulus.
Sometimes your dog just needs to get used to the thing that's making them bark. If your dog tends to bark at other dogs, have a friend with a dog walk towards you and your dog from some distance away. Feed your dog treats as they approach. Do this several times, and your dog will begin to associate other dogs with treats! :)
3. Ask for incompatible behavior.
When your dog starts barking, ask them to do something that will make it harder for them to bark. For example, if your dog always barks when someone comes to the door, toss a treat onto their bed and ask them to lie down. Soon they'll get used to hearing and following this command when they start barking. It'll be hard for them to keep barking when they're in their bed in another room, chowing on a treat!
4. Keep them stimulated (and tired).
Your dog will be much less likely to bark if they're getting plenty of physical and mental exercise. Make sure your dog is getting lots of time outside, every day. Play with them as much as you can, and consider buying some new toys that will keep them occupied when they're indoors.
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The Dog Pawty Team 🐶
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