Barking is a normal way for dogs to communicate but excessive barking can get your puppy in trouble. It can put you in the dog house with your neighbors, too. Fortunately, there are some good ways to teach your puppy to limit his barking.
Why is your puppy barking?
Before you try to make your puppy stop barking you should always make sure that he doesn’t have a good reason to bark. Sometimes puppies and dogs are really trying to tell you something important! If your puppy is barking to tell you the house is on fire, that’s a good reason for barking. Likewise, your puppy could be barking because there’s an intruder in the house, or he’s out of water, or he needs to go outside to potty. Don’t assume that your puppy is just playing or barking to amuse himself. He could have something to tell you.
On the other hand, there are plenty of times when puppies and dogs bark without a good reason, according to humans. They may bark because they’re lonely or bored; because they’re frustrated if a toy is out of reach or if there’s a squirrel mocking them. And some dogs will bark just to hear the sound of their own voice. This kind of nuisance barking can really become annoying. Puppies also bark when they’re playing or just because they feel good.
If your puppy is engaging in this kind of barking, you should first try to see if you can solve the problem. For example, if your puppy’s toy is out of reach, causing him to bark, get the toy for him so he can play with it. If he’s bored, provide him with some toys or take him for a walk to give him some entertainment. Many times puppies and dogs who bark too much just need more activity in their lives.
If these suggestions don’t stop your puppy’s barking, teach him the Speak and Quiet commands.
Teach your dog to Speak
It may seem like a bad idea to teach your puppy to “speak” if he is already barking too much but this is a good way to control his barking. You will need to keep some small treats with you for this lesson. Wait until your puppy is quiet. You can wait for him to bark on his own or do something to provoke him to bark such as having a friend ring your doorbell. When your puppy barks you should tell him, “Speak!” and give him a treat. Do this each time your puppy barks and not only will he be very happy but he will start waiting for you to tell him to speak before he barks. When he is quiet after barking you can add the “Quiet” command and give him a treat for being quiet. Work on these commands and you should soon have control of your puppy’s barking.
There are lots of reasons why puppies bark and some of them are important. Your puppy may be trying to tell you something you should know. Always find out why your puppy is barking before you tell him to be quiet. Make sure your puppy or dog is getting plenty of exercise and play time, too, so he won’t be bored. Work on the Speak and Quiet commands so you can control your puppy’s barking.