A persistent bark is one of the most common issues that dog owners encounter with their four legged friends.
Unfortunately, no one has yet mastered the art of canine-human communication and so interpreting dog barking remains a challenge for both parties. Dogs bark, sometimes it is for a reason and sometimes it will not make sense why your dog is barking. While some breeds may be more prone to barking all dogs can be trained to decrease the amount of barking and control the times in which barking is acceptable.
Why do dogs bark?
Dogs may bark for a variety of reasons and it is one of the ways that they attempt to communicate with you. Before considering Jordan Dog Training’s professional behavioural services for a barking dog, first please check your dog’s essential needs are met. Consider these common causes:
Your dog may be barking for a reason if…
- Is your dog hungry or thirsty?
- Is our dog in need of exercise?
- Is he sick or injured?
- Is he bored or seeking attention?
- Is there a legitimate threat?
Other reasons for dog barking may include..
- Warning to or of another animal
- Playing or excitement
- Acting as an alarm when a new person or object enters their space
- Seperation Anxiety
As you can imagine, some of these barking habits come in handy and we do not want to stop your dog from barking altogether. Rather, we aim to reduce unacceptable or unnecessary barking.
What if my dog is barking excessively?
Our in-home dog training services can help you to pinpoint the reason why your dog is barking and solve your problems quickly and effectively, with gentle methods. When your dog’s excessive barking also becomes a problem for your neighbours – whether they complain directly to you or file an official complaint, it is always a good idea to let them know you are working with a trainer and trying to solve the problem.
Jordan Dog Training can help you to recognise why your dog barks and give advice on how to stop your dog barking in the future. This will give you a head start on bark control techniques. There are a variety of training techniques that can be used to reduce unwanted barking. Some training approaches will include finding a distraction, managing the environment, changing your dog’s reaction to certain trigger situations, and training your dog to understand the ‘bark’ and ‘quiet’ commands.
Remember dog barking is natural…
Dogs barking at each other is a natural phenomenon and so the question is not how to stop dogs barking, but to prevent it from becoming excessive, nuisance barking. Using physical punishment is not recommended – please avoid potentially harmful solutions such as shock collars. Barking is a method of communication for dogs and physically punishing this will cause distrust and possibly lead to further behavioural issues. Engaging in professional training will not only help to reduce the amount of barking but will also help you to better understand your dog and their needs.
We find barking solutions based on what best suits your dog
The experts at Jordan Dog Training can visit your home to conduct a behavioural analysis, which will determine why your dog is barking and also explain how to best stop your dog from barking excessively. In-home training is a much more efficient and safe solution for barking problems than any other strategy. This method is preferred as it allows the training to solve specific problems or triggers that may be present in the home. Training is a very beneficial process that will allow you to stop unnecessary barking, control your dog’s bark and avoid harming your dog or upsetting your neighbours.
Whether your dog is barking all night, or just when left to its own devices, we will find a solution and treat the root cause of the problem, not just suppress the symptoms.