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    Barking Dog Solutions: Training Tips to Calm Your Canine

    Remember:

     It's natural. Dogs bark. It's the way they communicate with each other — and with us. Only when the barking becomes excessive does it become a problem.

    Don't yell. 

    Yelling at your pooch when he barks will only serve to further excite him. Stay calm and positive.

    Keep him active.

    Sometimes, barking is just a result of boredom. Take your pooch on a walk, play an intense game of fetch, or give him an interactive toy to keep his mind engaged. You can also bring him to a dog park so he can socialize with other dogs.

    Ignore the barking.

     Dogs may bark just to get your attention. If this sounds like your pooch, don't reward him when he barks; that is, don't verbally respond, look at him or give him any attention. When he finally quiets down, give him a treat or praise.

    Teach him to respond to a clicker.

    This is an example of classic conditioning. Whenever you make a click sound, reward your pooch with a treat. This will create the association of the click noise with a reward.

    Reward calm behavior.

     Whenever your dog is barking, wait until his barking fit quiets down. When he experiences that moment of calm, use the "quiet" command and activate the clicker to indicate that he is being rewarded for good behavior. After enough repetition, he will recognize that his rewards are related to not barking. With any luck, he will show positive signs of operant conditioning, meaning that any commonly rewarded behavior is likely to become your pup's normal behavior.

    Getting your dog to stop barking will take patience and consistency. With these barking dog solutions in hand, you can finally have some peace and quiet in your home.

    For more pet and home tips, click here.

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