Handling A Dog That Barks Too Much
If you want your beloved pup to quiet down, try these tips:
Tire out your dog: Sometimes dogs will bark because they’ve got nothing better to do. If you play with your dog enough, he’s going to be too occupied by the game to even think about barking.
Distract them: When your dog starts to bark, divert them by giving them a task. You can tell your dog to go to their bed and then give them a treat after. After doing this consistently, your dog will learn that staying in bed has its benefits, and they’ll no longer be interested in barking at strangers at the door.
Ignore them: When a dog is barking, they want your attention. If you continuously ignore their requests they will learn that their method isn’t working. For this to work, you have to ignore them completely. Don’t even look at them!
Remove motivation: Dogs don’t bark unless they think it’ll yield some result. If you take away the reward they get from barking, they won’t have anything to bark at.
It may be hard at first, but eventually, your dog will learn and you’ll be able to put those noise-canceling headphones aside.