How to Stop a Dog Barking

How to Stop a Dog Barking

A dog barking is an entirely natural part of life as dogs are concerned. Many dog owners mistakenly consider a dog barking an undesirable trait, especially when it happens too often and becomes irritating. This may lead to misguided attempts to suppress a dog’s barking behavior completely. Still, if you feel that the barking tendencies are a little out of hand, you can train him to bark only when it is necessary, and how to stop your dog barking on your command.

Accept that Barking is Natural Dog Behavior

Firstly, you have to accept that a dog barking is natural. The truth is, dogs bark when they are scared, excited, or just bored. Consequently, just because you can modify barking behavior and reduce it through positive reinforcement, you should not expect that you can train your dog to never bark again.

Find out Your Dog’s Barking Triggers and Eliminate Them

You have to understand the cause of your dog’s constant barking. Oftentimes, the barking is because of what your dog perceives to be threats to its territorial space, either from a dog, another animal or a person. In this regard, measures that prevent the dog seeing other animals or people invade its territory can reduce the incessant barking. When the dog is in the house, you can close the windows to prevent it from seeing people or other animals outside, which often act as barking triggers.

Distract the Dog When he begins to Bark

When the dog is barking, distraction can get it to stop barking. This could be as simple as making a loud noise or throwing a toy his way. Nevertheless, loud noise does not mean yelling to the dog to stop the barking, this may be counterproductive. It may work temporarily but the dog will not calm down, and will therefore just resume barking later.

Exercise the Dog and Let him Interact with People

Give your dog enough exercise. Lack of enough exercise makes dogs bored and hyperactive. This causes problematic behavior problems, including excessive dog barking. However, do not keep the dog outside for too long, particularly when that involves it isolation from humans. The more time the dog spends in the company of people, the less likely it is to bark unnecessarily.

Teach the Dog to Bark on Command

Train your dog to bark on cue. To do this, you just find something that excites your dog, and just before the dog begins to bark, use a command phrase. Reward your dog when he barks after giving the command phrase. You should repeat this training sequence until the dog barks from the command without the presence of any barking triggers.

Teach the Dog to Stop Barking on Command

Once your dog leans to bark on command, train the dog to stop barking on cue on a hush command as well. This is quite simple; you just use the barking command to initiate barking, and then try to use a calm command to make him stop barking. Whenever the dog responds to the hushing command, you should provide a reward. Repeat this until the dog responds perfectly to the hush command. This way, whenever you feel that your dog’s barking is unwarranted, you can use a simple hush command to make it keep quiet.


A dog barking can be a nuisance. In order to train the dog barking behavior out of your dog, first he has to learn how to bark on cue. Once the dog learns how to bark on command, you can make him stop barking on command.

Personal Experience

Tucker’s barking was one of the harder traits to understand and control. The Australian Shepherd is of the herding breed. Barking is used a lot to control a herd. Even after the hush command Tucker will still want to bark. When a bark slips out he’ll look at me with sorry eyes. Sometimes he’ll even go into a different room to bark by himself.

FREE eBook - "How to be the Alpha Dog and Stop Your Dog's Behavior Problems"

Learn how to become an alpha leader with this eye-opening free eBook. Plus access to our premium newsletter. Get It Now!