Put a Muzzle on It – 4 Ways to Help Stop Your Dog From Barking

Posted By Heather Rusick on 10/16/13 5:00 AM

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Let’s face it - dogs bark and a resident living in a pet-friendly apartment community may hear an occasional bark or two. But if your canine companion is constantly yipping and yapping day and night, spring into action and address the noise of your incessantly barking dog for the sake of your neighbor. 

Here are some quick’s tips to help with your dogs barking dilemma:

Tough Love. Play it cool when you walk out the door and make your exit a non-event. Your dog can sense any excitement and making your exit a big event will do just the trick! Here’s how: Distract your dog with a chew toy or bone and simply step out the door. Comeback a few minutes later and continue what you were doing before you left, ignore your dog, even if he is whining – eventually he will get the hint and go back to his toy. After a while (and a lot of practice) your coming and going will be unimportant to your dog and his yapper will remain silent.

Quiet the Noise. Dogs bark when they hear outside noises and if you’re not home to quiet your furry friend, the barking will just continue. The best approach to this dilemma is to separate your pooch from the front door, this can be accomplished with a baby gate, keeping your dog in a bedroom or putting him in a crate. You can also drown out outside noises with the noise of the TV or music. Set your noise of choice to a normal volume or a tab bit higher and your pup will no longer hear all the action happening outside your apartment, which means peace and quiet for your neighbors. 

Get Moving. Give your pooch an hour of challenging and physical active fun in the morning. You will leave a panting, exhausted dog, too tired to bark. 

Hire a Professional. Sometimes you cannot solve your dog barking issues alone. Seeking the help of a professional dog trainer could cost a pretty penny but may solve your barking dilemmas in half the time. The K9 Mentor and Socal Dog Training are highly rated among OC dog trainers.

Let us know if you have any other tips! 

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