Is your dog driving you crazy with his seemingly interminable barking episodes? If you're looking for some solutions for how to deal with out-of-control barking, LoveToKnow has tapped into canine savant, Cesar Milan, for three tips you can use now to get your dog to stop barking.
1. Give Your Dog a Backpack
Relentless barking is often due to pent up energy. To stop your dog's barking, you need to give them a job to do, namely in the form of carrying a backpack. Cesar says, "If you have a non-stop barker, then you have a dog with too much pent-up energy. If she's already getting plenty of exercise through daily walks, then up the game [by having her] carry a backpack."
Known for being a great mental and physical challenge, dog backpacks are the perfect energy drainer. A walk with one of these babies will leave no energy left over for barking. You can purchase a dog backpack at a local pet supply store or at an online retailer like Ruffwear.
For a more instant fix to stop barking, throw out some obedience commands to divert your dog's energy from barking to concentrating and obeying commands.
2. Make Like a Dog
3. Stake Your Claim
Be Calm and Assertive
Milan highlights the above tips should be "combined with calm, assertive energy" for maximum success. The key to dealing with your dog's barking is your thoughtful management. With a little understanding of what is causing your dog to bark and some canine know-how, you can work towards bringing a more relaxed, and less barking-prone housemate to a home near you soon!