How do I get my dog to stop barking at every noise? Surprising Answer

Desensitize your dog to the stimulus

If your dog barks at specific triggers, gradually get your dog accustomed to whatever is causing them to bark. Start with the stimulus (the thing that makes them bark) at a distance. It must be far enough away that they dont bark when they see it. Feed them lots of good treats for maintaining eye contact with you and not barking. Move the stimulus a little closer (perhaps as little as a few inches or a few feet to start) and feed treats. If your dog starts barking, you ‘ve gotten too close to the stimulus.

Don ‘t be stingy with treats. For example, if you need to pass by another dog on your dog walk, keep some high-value treats in your hand and feed them constantly as you walk quickly by the other dog and then stop once there is enough distance between your dog and the other dog.

  • Have a friend with a dog stand out of sight or far enough away so your dog wont bark at the other dog.
  • As your friend and their dog come into view, start feeding your dog treats.
  • Stop feeding treats as soon as your friend and their dog disappear from view.
  • Repeat the process multiple times.
  • Remember not to try to progress too quickly as it may take days or weeks before your dog can pay attention to you and the treats without barking at the other dog.
  • If you are struggling with your dog ‘s barking around strangers or other dogs, seek out the help of a positive-reinforcement based dog trainer.
  • Ask your dog for an incompatible behavior

    When your dog starts barking, ask them to do something thats incompatible with barking. Teaching your dog to react to barking stimuli with something that inhibits them from barking, such as lying down on their bed.

  • Toss a treat on their bed and ask them to “go to your bed.”
  • When theyre reliably going to their bed to earn a treat, up the ante by opening the door while theyre on their bed. If they get up, close the door immediately.
  • Repeat until they stay in bed while the door opens.
  • Then increase the difficulty by having someone ring the doorbell while your dog is in bed. Reward them for staying in place. You may need to keep a leash on your dog so you can help guide them to their bed when visitors come in.
  • Make sure your dog is getting sufficient physical and mental exercise every day. A tired dog is a dog who is less likely to bark from boredom or frustration. Depending on their, age and health, your dog may require several long walks as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with some interactive toys.

    Why Some Dogs Bark At Noise

    So why are some dogs more sensitive to noises? We can’t say for every dog with certainty, but there seems to be a few reasons:

  • Your dog is anxious and stressed and that manifests through barking at everything.
  • Your dog feels the need to guard his home and you from every threat, and that includes any noise he hears.
  • Over-excitement, like when they hear you dishing up their food or someone parks a car in the driveway.
  • Because other dogs in the neighborhood are barking and your dog feels inclined to join in.
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