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					How to Quiet a Barking Dog
Are you tired of your dog barking? You're not alone. Follow these simple
steps and you'll soon have a peaceful household. Before adopting your
dog, make sure that you know about the breed's characteristics. For
instance, a beagle is known for barking. There are many animals that are
brought into a home with the best intentions, but because that family
neglected their homework, months later they get rid of the pet because it
fell short of their expectations. Knowing the breed can help you avoid a
dog with characteristics that you find troublesome (i.e., barking).
However, there are dogs who bark excessively compared to others of their
breed. Here are some tips that may quiet your dog.

<Steps

Training Your Own Dog
1Before getting your dog, do your research. Some dogs are more likely to
bark than others. If you live somewhere where this will be a problem,
such as an apartment building or a crowded area, avoid breeds such as a
Beagle, Chihuahua, or several types of terriers.<
2Remember that most dogs bark. Don't expect your dog to be completely
silent all the time. Even some of the quietest dogs will bark
occasionally.
3Lay down ground rules for your entire family. The most important thing
when training a dog isconsistency.Here are a few sample rules that will
make your training more smoothly.Never feed your dog while he or she is
barking. Wait until your dog has been quiet for at least a few seconds
and does not look like she will bark again before treating her.
Avoid touching or petting your dog while they are barking. Many dogs bark
to get attention. If they learn that barking will indeed get them that
attention, they will bark more frequently.

4Determine when your dog is most likely to bark. Some examples of times
when your dog may bark are:When your dog is in a crate or closed in a
room.
When your dog sees people or other dogs pass the house or approach your
door.
When your dog is on leash and sees another dog, person, or other animal
from far away.
During training to get treats, or while you are feeding them.
When your dog wants to go outside.
When you come home.

5Avoid these situations as much as possible early on to help your dog
succeed. For example, when you come home, greet your dog before they
begin to bark. If you see another dog on a walk, quickly get your dogs
attention and ask it for another command. Praise your dog extravagantly
for completing the command, play with a toy, or keep your dog otherwise
occupied while the other dog or person passes.
6Tell your dog to be quiet in a sharp tone of voice. Try to use the same
phrase every time. If your dog quiets down, praise him. Give him a treat,
play with a toy, or let him out of his crate.
7If your dog keeps barking, ignore him until he stops. After he is quiet
for a little while, praise him by playing, petting, or letting him out of
his crate.
8When your dog has been quiet for a long time without barking, calmly
reward him for staying quiet. The trick here is to avoid exciting him.
You want to reward him for settling down without over exciting him.
Calmly pet him or give him a toy that he can play with by himself, such
as a Nylabone or a stuffed animal.

Quieting Someone Else's Dog
1Assess the dog's mood. Dogs bark at strangers for several different
reasons. Keep in mind that they do not just bark with aggression.Look at
the dog's tail. If it is wagging, it is unlikely that the dog means any
harm. A tail tucked in between it's legs means that it is nervous or
scared. Backing away from the dog slowly and deliberately may stop the
dog from barking. Be careful around dogs that look like they are
snarling, with their tail held still.

2Look around for the dog's owner. Assess whether the owner is in control
of the dog. Don't approach the dog until it's owner gives you the okay.
3If the dog is waiting for you to greet it, and the owner says its okay,
get down to its level by kneeling or sitting down. Wait for the dog to
stop barking at you before you pet it. It should stop barking when you
are lower to the ground.
4If the dog is simply yapping at you, ignore it to the best of it's
ability, or leave the vicinity if you cannot.<


Tips
Inflicting bodily harm to discipline a pet is both cruel and may make the
animal outwardly aggressive.
When training your dog to a specific command, like "SIT," try to use
good-tasting, healthy dog treats. Milkbone are usually not as healthy as
the treats specialty pet stores carry, which are often slightly more
expensive, but healthier and more varied in flavor. Keep in mind that
these are still only 'treats' and cannot substitute a dog's regular
meals.
When a dog barks profusely, it sometimes indicates the need for human
affection and attention, or it may be the result of built-up energy. For
instance, it is not wise to keep a dog such as the Border Collie cooped
up in an apartment. The dog has no way to release all of its dormant
energy.
Consider using a buzzer collar. Every time your dog barks, a small jolt
will come from the collar. Talk to your vet before purchasing one but as
stated above, this is not recommended. It can be as bad as hitting your
dog for bad behavior.
Before tell your dog to "quiet," check to see what they are barking at.
They really are barking for a reason, today it maybe a lady with a baby
stroller, tomorrow it could be an intruder or fire.Try finding out why
your dog is barking. He may be telling you that he needs to go the
bathroom. If so, hang a bell by the door and teach him to ring the bell
when he needs to go.

Owners with Chihuahuas should seek professional dog trainers. Other
breeds that may require professional trainers are Basset Hounds and
Shetland Sheepdogs.
To make a dog that barks take him out side and throw the toy for him and
before he goes back in side say no barking "speak." to your dog and tap
him lightly on the nose and give him the command on cue you have more
control over the behavior.

<Warnings
Please refrain from hitting your beloved pets. It only worsens the
situation. They will end up barking louder.
Please seek professional help before using a "shock" collar as improper
use of it can hurt your dog.
Remember if you use a spray bottle your dog might only stop barking when
he sees it in your hand, and he might be terrified of the sound of
spraying, or water.
If you have a very active dog, don't blame him for barking all day.
Remember to exercise him or else your dog will be barking forever,
wanting to go outside for some exercise.
Don't yell "no". To a dog it sounds like a bark and may increase barking.
"No barking" or "Quiet" in a firm voice is much more effective.
Do not put vinegar in the water bottle; vinegar contains acetic acid that
can cause skin burns, permanent eye damage, and irritation to the mucous
membranes!

Things You'll Need
Spray bottle
Dog
Water

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