Does your dog bark excessively and it seems that you can’t control it? The best place to start is in understanding why your pooch is making so much noise. There are a variety of reasons dogs bark, including issuing a warning (which can turn into fear), seeking attention, excitement, boredom, loneliness or anxiety. You’ll know best how to react to your dog’s barking if you know why he’s doing it.
• Do not shout at your dog. Shouting will only make his barking worse. He will think you are barking, too, and will probably be happy that you have joined in.
• Be consistent with your dog. Pick a one-word command or a noise that you make to control the barking. Everyone in the house must use the same command or noise, or it will not work. Ultrasonic noise is wonderful for curing excessive barking. Combined with behavior modification, it is the best way to stop excessive barking.
• Be patient with your dog. Changing a bad behavior can take time, and it can’t be fixed overnight. Don’t become angry with your dog, as he will sense this and may even bark more.
• Reward his good behavior. Your dog wants to please you, and praising him is the best reward.
• Do not talk soothingly to your dog when he barks. This may reinforce the idea that the barking was for a legitimate reason. He might begin to bark more.
• Practice with your dog to control his excessive barking. Practice in short spurts of 10 or 15 minutes, and take him in situations that you control.