A Dog Barking in Alarm! Your canine friend is warning you of a possible threat. To stop an alarm barker you need to acknowledge him first.
Nobody likes to be ignored and that includes your hound. After telling your pooch how important his barking is to you, use obedience training to teach him how to show his concern in a different way and settle down in a short period of time.
Your dog may be barking for other reasons too. Always try to understand why he is being loud before implementing a training program. If you think your pooch barks for other reasons (fear, boredom, guarding, etc.) or are unsure, then go to Stop Barking main page for more advice, tips and step-by-step tutorials.
If you have a nuisance barking dog that wants to warn you of a possible threat, don't despair. He is just trying to be helpful and protect his family. Many dog parents would love to have a canine that warns them of danger. If you are reading this though, it is probably because these warning barks are getting out of control.
Unfortunately, the first thing you need to understand is that your pet is not doing this to annoy you, on the contrary he is trying to please you. The sooner you understand this, the calmer you will get…and the calmer you are…the easier it will be to solve this barking problem.
So, let's take a deep breath and plunge into training!
Yes, it might seem a little silly and even counter intuitive to give attention to a dog barking. Why would you acknowledge something that you don't want your furry friend to do? Isn't ignoring it a much better strategy? Not in this case.
Imagine you are trying to warn a friend of a danger, but he just ignores you. How do you react?
You will probably start feeling stressed and preoccupied, you will try to warn your friend even harder, making your behavior worse. This is what happens when you ignore a dog barking to alarm you.
Barking is a normal canine behavior, it only becomes a problem when it starts being too frequent. This often happens stressed dogs, and stress can come from many places. In this case we can reduce your pet's stress levels by just letting him know that we heard the warning and we will take care of the problem.
The "danger" may be anything that your dog decides is dangerous: another canine you come across when walking to the park, a person at the door, a truck stopped in from of your house, a kid running towards you, etc.
"threat", just step in from of your dog, face the danger and use a
hand signal or a word to let him know you are in control now, he can relax
A good option for a hand signals is an open hand showing your palm, or your hand in a fist. You can also use any other gesture that your dog can see and that comes naturally to you. It can also be your body posture; for example, stepping in front of him.
For a word, you can use a simple "Thank you, Fiddo, quiet now".
To teach your pet the
meaning of this hand signal or words all you need is REPETITION. Imagine that your pet has to figure it all out based on the sequence of events, so also be CONSISTENT.
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