Too much dog barking can be a problem, but it can really get bad if your dog is barking inside the house. Want to know how to stop your dog from barking inside?
Read on and we’ll show you some quick and easy dog training tips to help stop excessive barking.
But first, lets ask the million dollar question that will help us out:
Why Do Dogs Bark?
1. Frustration – Sometimes dogs bark in response to a situation that frustrates them such as being separated from their human or other dogs or being confined for a long time.
2. Greeting – Sometimes dogs bark to greet “hello” to visitors or when you come home. It is accompanied by a wagging tail and a relaxed body language.
3. Attention – Dogs will bark nonstop until you give them attention. They bark to gain rewards, needs water, or want some playtime.
4. Territorial – Dogs bark excessively when they see other human, dogs or animals invading their territory.
5. Social – This is when dogs hear another dog howl or bark and are sometimes called “response barking”
6. Alarm – This is when your dog sees something he likes or made him curious or he hears disturbing sound or noise
How to Stop Dog Barking Inside
1. Remove the motivation
When your dog bark, he thinks that he will get some kind of reward. Otherwise, he will not do it.
Observe and learn what he gets when he barks and remove it. Do not reward his barking behavior.
For example, if he loves to bark at other dogs or people through the window, then close the windows or put him in another room to manage his barking behavior.
2. Ignore the barking
Now, this may seem a crazy idea but it can work. Ignoring him when he barks means that he is not getting your attention (unless he needs something from you like water or food then you need to check first).
When you give him attention, he will associate it with a reward for barking and being noisy.
Do not touch him, do not talk to him, and do not even look at him. To be successful with this, you need to wait for as long as it takes for your dog to stop barking.
Eventually, your dog will get frustrated and stop.
3. Teach your dogs commands
Train your dogs with a few commands that can help in controlling his barking behavior:
It may seem nonsense, but teaching your dog to bark only when you command him can actually stop the barking behavior.
Train your dog by using the command “speak” and wait for him to bark 2 or 3 times. If he obeys, give him a treat. If not, do not give him any and repeat the process until he only barks when you say “speak”.
After your dog learned the command “speak”, he is now ready to learn the other one “quiet”.
Tell him to “speak” when you are in a calm environment without any distractions. When he barks, say “quiet”.
When he obeys give him a treat. If not then do not give him any and repeat the process until he stays quiet. Once, he learns to obey, try it in an increasingly distracting situation until your dog can stay quiet when asked to.
4. Avoid Scolding your Dog
When dogs bark nonstop, it might cause you to be frustrated and scold or shout at him. Avoid this at all cost. This will only cause more agitation and will lead to louder barking.
It’s natural for dogs to bark. However, it becomes a problem if it is obsessive or constant. If your dog is barking too much indoors, try these dog training tips to help you stop his barking. Also, watch this video on how to stop your dog’s barking with 5 step by step exercises.