Have you ever been out for a walk and had your Lab start barking like crazy? It makes you wish you could disappear on the spot!
Having a dog that “mouths off” when you really don´t want it to can be a real problem.
So how do you train your dog to stop barking?
To start off, you need to understand why your Lab barks and what forms of barking you can control.
Dogs were born to bark
…and even after centuries of breeding, they still feel the need to vocalize their feelings. In fact, there are all kinds or reasons your Lab may feel the urge to bark – when he´s
- defending its territory
- giving alarm
- seeking attention
- saying “hello”
- feeling frustrated, or even
- when it´s injured or ill
And while you´ll never be able to completely stop Labrador barking, you CAN try to understand the triggers and take steps to control the situation.
Before you do anything, though, ask yourself if your Labrador´s reaction to a situation is warranted. If you decide it isn´t and you want to take steps to control the barking, you need to think about
- When your dog barks
- What it is barking at?
- Whether something specific seems to be triggering your Lab´s reaction?
Because once you´re clear on why your Labrador feels the need to bark it will be much easier to take steps to control it.
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Here´s a list of 7 tips to help you on your way:
- First and foremost, avoid reinforcing your Lab´s poor behavior by rewarding it with attention
- Refrain from yelling at your Labrador. Remember, your dog thinks it has a valid reason for barking and, by yelling, you´ll lead your dog to think you´re supporting its cause!
- Avoid offering your Lab comfort or a treat when it´s barking – this will only serve to reinforce the behavior you´re trying to stop.
- Training, training and more training is essential. In fact, training your Labrador to bark on cue is a proven method when it comes to dealing with barking issues. If you teach your Lab to bark on cue, chances are it will not bark when the cue hasn´t been given. You might even consider teaching both the speak and quiet commands to help speed up the training process.
- Train your Lab that it needs to be calm to get what it wants. If your Labrador is barking, wait for it to stop before you use praise or treats of any kind.
- If you have trouble with your Lab barking when either the doorbell or the telephone rings, you´ll need to make sure you don´t react to either one. By doing this, you´ll show your dog there´s no reason to be alarmed or anxious when it hears these sounds. You´ll need to ring both the phone and the doorbell repeatedly during your trainings to help your Labrador get used to the sounds and learn to react calmly when it hears them.
- If barking is a problem when you return home after being away, make a point of ignoring your Lab until it´s had a chance to calm down. Once it´s calm, you can greet your pet and give it the attention it deserves.
Here are some extra tips to help keep your Labrador barking problems in check when you can´t be at home:
- Consider leaving either the radio or TV on while you´re gone. Often playing soothing music in the background can help calm your Lab´s anxiousness about being left alone
- Be sure and leave some of your Labrador´s favorite chew toys out so it can keep itself busy while you´re gone
- And before you go, take your Lab for a walk and a make time for a short game of fetch. Providing mental stimulation and plenty of exercise will help your pet be healthier, happier, and less anxious.
Check out this short video showing a poodle that kept barking at people as they left. Using a simple technique, Doggy Dan was able to get him to stop…in just minutes!
The key to continued training success is to become the pack leader. When you manage that, the training you do with your Lab will have a far greater impact…and you will have the well-behaved dog you desire!
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