Barking is a form of communication used by a dog but sometimes it gets so annoying that you might want to stop your dog’s bark.
The reason for a barking dog could be many:
Loneliness, Boredom, Fear, Attention seeking, out of Protection, Greeting, Separation anxiety, Compulsive Barking.
The first step is figuring out why your dog barks too much. Once you know why they are barking, you can start to treat their barking problem.
Why does my dog bark at me?
Dogs can’t speak as we do, so they communicate through their body language and by barking. While pretty much every dog barks or makes some form of loud vocalization.
Every dog is not the same. The dogs are different in their traits, environment, and different response timings which they also have in their innate genes.
The dog may be barking for a variety of reasons:
Play barking is usually a happy barking of a dog which usually gets accompanied by tail wags and excited behavior.
This is an indication that a dog wants to play with you. The dog may run and bring a toy (if they know where toys are kept), or he may take round turns and have floppy ears.
He may also lean towards you. The dog may also make a ‘bow’ position by sticking the butt in the air or wagging his tail.
This barking is usually a mixture of fear and aggression. The dog is used to you and ascertains its importance to you.
It is generally a guarding behavior towards you. The dog sometimes uses this to convey his discomfort with someone being around you.
It’s normal for dogs to guard the people who matter to them.
The dog may have a stiff tail, flat or forward ears, baring teeth, and maintaining eye contact while barking or growling.
This behavior can also become dangerous if it turns aggressive.
The dogs might bark out of fear or when he sees something unusual. It is usually a form of immediate response when the dog sees something different from the daily course.
The dog may see something approaching towards the door and start barking or maybe when you show up unexpectedly.
Sometimes when the dog owners wear something different that is different from their regular attire or wear/apply a different scent, a dog tends to be confused and starts alarm barking.
But if the dog is blind or deaf, he may be triggered more excessively.
Dogs also fear being abandoned. When such a feeling strikes a dog he tends to bark excessively and may also start becoming destructive. The dog may start making repetitive movements or may run on a definite path again and again.
This can also be due to a traumatic pre- rescue phase of the dog or because of being left alone for a long time.
This barking is usually for a short period of time when the dog feels lonely or bored. As soon as you provide your attention to the dog he will stop barking.
This type of bark usually differs from attention-seeking bark as the dog gets engaged even with your slightest attention. But in attention barking the dog needs itself as a priority for you.
This time of barking is caused when the dog wants something. This may also be towards the owner and an indication to spend time with the dog.
Eg. You might have come during the evening after spending a day out and the barks to get your attention and also a form to tell that he wants to spend time with you.
A dog does this type of barking as a sort of tantrum to get his things done. In the past course, he may have got his demands fulfilled with such type of behavior (maybe for a treat or something). This sort of barking can be to attain attention.
For example, Your dog brings a toy to you and you reluctantly throw it away but the dog is getting to play and will get the toy back again (sort of stick game).
Related read, I have tried everything and my dog won’t stop barking
Now let’s discuss what to do when your dog barks in various situations whether at other dogs, strangers, doors, and also sometimes at nothing, and I will also guide you about you the various dog training to give in such situations.
Barking is a form of communication for dogs. He may bark at other dogs in a form of response or to tell something.
Like a dog may bark at other dogs when they come near their space and tell them that they are being too close to their area.
You might also have seen that usually, dogs in an area chase out any other dog which does not belong there; this is dog nature.
Another reason a dog might bark at other dogs is he considers them as his friends and is happy to see/ meet them.
He craves their attention or wants to play with them. This can be determined by the body language of the dog. If he is wagging his tail and is in a playful position then probably he is barking friendly.
But if the dog barks at other dogs out of reactivity which is an aggressive form of barking: he might be scared, might not be socialized properly, or may have sensed something absurd.
Make sure to read more about Why does my dog bark at other dogs
How to train dog not to bark at other dogs?
If your dog barks at a particular dog at a time like on a walk, try to distract him or toss a treat or indulge him in a playful act in order to divert his attention towards some other task.
But before reaching a particular conclusion about why your dog is barking at other dogs, you should determine if it is out of fear, excitement, randomness or some other factor.
Making a dog obey your commands like- sit, stand, jump, and a handshake can calm your dog.
Giving him treats while he is barking proves efficient.
Even if your dog barks suddenly, don’t punish him as it is natural for a dog to bark instead try to calm him down while making sure he does not harm someone. After he calms, convey your disapproval over his acts.
Position your dog away from the dog he is barking:
Try that the dog doesn’t lunge forward by keeping a firm grip over the leash and try to figure out the reason your dog is barking (take a check over the surroundings.
Why does my dog bark at strangers?
Dogs are generally very protective in nature. They show their concern by barking.
Your dog might bark at someone standing close to you or someone unknown entering their space. All this bark is generally out of concern.
All this barking is fixable but requires time and constant effort.
In such a case you should avoid shouting at your dog and instead let him bark for two-three times and then gently calm him by petting and soothing him.
If he still continues to bark, walk away and make your dog realize that he won’t be rewarded with such behavior and instead is being ignored. Doing this shows them that they do not get to engage if they continue to bark.
how to Train my Dog to stop barking at strangers?
This is a good tactic to use if you have an unexpected guest. You can keep the dog in another room or outside, you can prevent your dog from seeing and rushing to your guest.
But this technique isn’t one that could be used for long. This technique is just in emergency cases where you have no time to prepare.
Teach to get along
It’s important that you manage your dog’s barking by creating an environment that will limit his sight of others and slowly introduce him to people in a planned way to avoid panics for the dog.
Introducing the dog to people is also an important part of training as it teaches him the basic etiquette of being around humans.
Teaching them to be polite
Once your dog has learned to remain calm and refrain from barking when a stranger approaches them, it’s time to teach them how to sit politely as a stranger greets them.
Distracting the dog
When a stranger is approaching, distract your dog with noise to refocus their attention on you. This can be anything, from calling to them, dangling your keys or using a clicker if your dog is used to that.
Once your dog’s attention is on you and they’re no longer barking, make them sit and remain focused on you. Showing them a treat is a great way of doing this.
Another important thing is to make the stranger understand that the dog won’t harm and to remain calm. There are cases when the stranger panics and also infuriates the dog leading to undesired situations.
Why does my dog bark at doors?
Dogs are generally alert animals and respond to any source of the noise. The same is the case with doorbells.
Doors are the places through which people enter and sometimes instill insecurity within dogs. Moreover, it is the place through which their owners leave the house.
When a dog senses that someone is approaching the door they try to convey the message that there is someone.
When the dog is left alone for too long he usually stares at the door for a long time expecting for his owner to return. When it takes too long he may bark or when he senses the return then he may bark.
Other than this the dog might want to go out of the house for a walk or play outdoors as he is usually aware of the entrance and exit.
A dog also barks at the door when he sees strangers coming in be it your friend, family or any other person unknown to the dog.
It is also believed (although there is no scientific evidence) that dogs can sense things like paranormal activity, illness, and emotions.
It is believed that dogs usually guard such activities and keep them away. (Note: this is just also the view of the writer)
how to Train my Dog to stop barking at doors?
There are a variety of ways to teach your dog not to bark at the door.
The most common and widely used method is giving them practical sessions.
- This is done by giving your dog a treat and as he licks/eats the treat slowly knocks on the door or opens the door or rings the doorbell. Repeat this training for several days and slowly your dog will start to get comfortable with the door.
- A short-time method is when you are expecting guests to make your dog sleep so that he does not bark while you prepare for your visitors.
- Get some practice visitors and make your dog comfortable.
- When your dog barks at the door try calming him down with some sort of treats or hugs.
While you train your dog not to bark, always remember to stay calm and not shout at your dog. Be patient as learning takes time and consistent efforts.
Training your dog to be quiet and calm is very doable but it does take time and effort.
What to do when your dog barks at nothing?
Barking is as already said a way of communication for the dog.
A dog also barks to express his emotions: hunger, boredom, happiness, fear, protectiveness, hurt, or any other expression.
Excessive barking is not going to go away on its own. The longer a dog exhibits a behavior, the more ingrained it can become. Barking also can give your dog an adrenaline rush, which makes barking feel good to him.
Just because you can’t hear or see anything in the environment to explain your dog’s barking, that doesn’t mean there isn’t something going on.
Dogs have a wholly different vision of the world and see it from a very different perspective. They have the ability to sense things more than we humans do.
There are some potential reasons for a dog to bark at nothing:
Dogs have excellent smelling power.
Dogs have an incredibly gifted power of smelling and can easily sniff the scents and also retain that. Whenever the dog sniffs it again he realizes that it is the one he knows.
You might have seen dogs being used by security and also as security at various places like airports, bomb diffusions, and many more.
Dogs can see even in low light
Dogs can see in low light far better than humans. That’s because dogs have a tapetum lucidum. This is a reflective layer behind the retina of the dog (the light-sensing surface at the back of the eyeball).
This bounces light back through the retina for a second pass increasing the amount of light the retina receives even in darker conditions. Hence, a dog may bark randomly in the dark even when we humans fail to see something.
Dogs can hear different frequencies
Unlike humans who are made to listen to defined frequencies, dogs can also hear high-pitched sounds.
Sometimes when you see your dog barking it may be because he has heard some sound of higher frequencies or some soft sound that is lighter and quieter for human ears to hear. Eg. A mouse moving or some insect.
How to prevent a dog from barking at nothing?
To avoid your dog from barking at nothing you need to figure out the thing he is barking at and comfort him. Give him treats and try to distract him by knocking here and there and indulging his attention elsewhere so that he gets distracted.
No one should expect a dog to never bark. That’s as unreasonable as expecting a child to never talk.
Let me now give you some details on how you can train a dog to stop barking in various situations
Training a dog not to bark at guests, mailmen, visitors, and humans
Dogs are generally comfortable around their personal space and seeing someone strange makes them curious and also sometimes restless which they respond by barking.
It is generally a completely normal thing and can be dealt with.
You need to be patient all around and gradually teach your dog the art to stay quiet around people. You can either send your dog for dog training or can help him up.
A few ways are:
- Introducing your dog with practice visitors, when your dog starts barking at him, let him bark three or four times and then slowly start petting him and offer him a treat. You need to do this multiple times till your dog gets comfortable with the visitor. ( practice visitor can be a dog trainer or someone with experience with dogs)
- You can also train your dog to understand a word that you use when he does something wrong. You can use words like ‘SHUSH’ or ‘NO (your dog’s name)’.
- Don’t let the dog scare your visitor as it also instills a panic inside the dog which may also lead to some undesired situations.
- Keep your dog chained or in some other room if your dog barks uncontrollably at visitors, mailmen, or humans.
- Also, try to engage the dog in his favorite activity when he barks which distracts his attention.
Remember that dogs also bark to get things done in their own way. When a dog barks at the mailman each day and the mailman leaves.
In your dog’s mind, this is a reward for barking. Dogs remember this and repeat such behavior again and again.
That means when a visitor arrives at the door and your dog is suspicious of the stranger, he uses barks to drive away a potential intruder.
Don’t let this be a success for your dog instead leash him and make him understand the wrong behavior.
Make sure that while you train your dog, you do it patiently
Training a dog not to bark at walls
Dogs have well-developed senses. They usually see and hear things that humans can’t. If your dog is barking continuously at the wall, it may be because he has sensed a mouse or an insect that humans can’t see.
Maybe the dog has some medical condition or cognitive dysfunction which could have led to some confusion.
See a vet
When you do such a behavior, see a vet to confirm if your dog has some medical condition that may be confusing the dog due to some cognitive dysfunction.
Contact pest control
If your dog is perfectly fine and healthy then you probably need pest control or proper cleaning in your house as your dog might be spotting some insect.
Training a dog not to bark while walking
Training your dog not to bark on walks will teach him some well-needed manners and obedience and make your life a lot less stressful.
Your dog’s barking can also scare other things in the surroundings and on the way. Other dogs might also see this barking as a sign of aggression, especially when in close proximity to them.
Another dog could snap and cause a fight with your dog, potentially causing injuries to both himself and the other dog. All this can lead to embarrassment and you need to train your dog to avoid such a situation.
Training a dog not to bark depends upon many factors; adult dogs can be either easy to train or if they are exhibiting such behavior for a long time, then it can be quite a problem. Small dogs are also difficult to train.
Training a dog not to bark while playing inside
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons—to convey they want to play, to signal that they are going on the offensive, to get our attention. They also bark when they are stressed or bored or lonely. It’s usually not hard to tell the difference.
For eg. The bark they use when they want to play is a high-pitched one. The one they use for conveying threats is not that high-pitched.
The dog that is bored then may bark continuously and a dog suffering from anxiety, fear, or something like that has a different tone of bark.
- If the dog barks too much while playing inside, reduce the time of playing at first.
- Ignore him while he barks. This trick works mostly in all cases that while your dog starts barking, ignore him and do not provide him the attention. Once you ignore him, he automatically realizes that he has been doing something that you did not appreciate,
- If your dog is small, try calming him down with treats.
- You can also use bark control collars.
Now let’s discuss the various training methods for dogs.
Different training methods for dogs
There are a variety of ways to train a dog. The most popular ones are classical and operant conditioning.
Let’s first understand these.
Classical conditioning involves associating an involuntary response and a stimulus, while operant conditioning is about associating a voluntary behavior and a consequence.
Classical conditioning is passive on the part of the learner, while operant conditioning requires the learner to actively participate and perform some type of action in order to be rewarded or punished.
If your dog salivates when it sees food. Then the dog does that automatically. He does not need the training to perform this behavior; it simply occurs naturally. Food is a naturally occurring stimulus.
If you started to ring a bell every time you presented the dog with food, an association would be formed between the food and the bell.
Eventually, the bell was alone. There will become a conditioned stimulus for the dog that the bell means food. This is classical conditioning.
If you are trying to teach your dog; how to fetch a ball. When the dog successfully chases and picks up the ball, then he receives a treat as a reward. When the dog fails to retrieve the ball, then you withhold the treats.
Eventually, the dog forms an association between the behavior of fetching the ball and receiving the desired reward. This is operant conditioning.
Thus, Operant conditioning is slightly more complicated and deals with encouraging or discouraging certain actions.
Whereas classic conditioning revolves around involuntary associations, operant conditioning is about giving the subject choices.
The operant conditioning can be done in four phases:
Positive reinforcement has been proven to be very effective and is the most popular and widely recommended method for teaching dog cues and behaviors. It involves only rewarding the behavior you like and simply ignoring unwanted behaviors.
Eventually, your dog learns to increase the desired behaviors and dial back on the unwanted behaviors, since the dog knows desired behaviors will result in fun, food, and freedom.
- Positive reinforcement is the addition of a positive outcome to strengthen behavior. Positive reinforcement is most effective when it occurs immediately after the behavior. Reinforcement should be presented enthusiastically and should occur frequently.
- – Negative reinforcement
- Negative reinforcement involves removing a painful or unpleasant element when the desired action is performed.
- Negative reinforcement for behavioral reinforcement is not negative at all. The term “negative” in this sense simply means “to take something away. ”Likewise, negative reinforcement does not reinforce negative behavior. It reinforces the behavior that removes the negative stimulus. Removing this stimulus creates a positive outcome.
The goal of both positive and negative reinforcement is to increase the likelihood that a behavior will occur again in the future. The difference is in how each accomplishes this.
For example, allowing a child to play on their tablet if they finish their homework is an example of positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement would be a child finishing their homework to avoid having their tablet taken away.
- Positive Punishment
The dog’s behavior makes something bad happen. (Positive means something is added, punishment means the behavior decreases.) Example: When your dog jumps on you you knee him hard in the chest. He gets off. His behavior (jumping up) made something bad happen; something was added (your knee in his chest). As a result, your dog is more likely to think twice before jumping on you again. “Positive trainers” do not use positive punishment very much, if at all.
- Negative Punishment
The dog’s behavior makes something good go away. (Negative = something is taken away; punishment = the behavior decreases.) When your dog jumps up, you turn your back and step away. His behavior (jumping) made something good (your attention) go away. Positive trainers use negative punishment as a mild negative consequence for unwanted behavior.
Positive punishment involves adding an aversive consequence after an undesired behavior is emitted to decrease future responses. Negative punishment includes taking away a certain reinforcing item after the undesired behavior happens in order to decrease future responses.
Well, all these were a bit technical way.
If we look into real life, dog training appears fun but is actually a lot more hectic.
You can make your dog follow obedience Training or you can also make him learn through games. One of the most effective methods is to give them treats, praise, or affection.
Most importantly, the best reward to give them is the one that they want the most. If they are food motivated, treats might work better than praise.
Dog training devices
Dogs can also be trained with the help of some electronic devices. Some of the essentials required are listed: A dog collar, a proper firm leash, a muzzle, clicker and treats.
There are also some devices which you should avoid and are debatable as they are considered inhumane by various studies.
eg. a choke collar, an e- collar, a prong collar, slip leads, citronella collars, sprays.
- Dog collar
A dog collar is a piece of material put around the neck of a dog. A collar may be used for restraint, identification, fashion, or protection. Identification tags and medical information are often placed on dog collars.Collars are made with a variety of materials, most commonly leather or nylon webbing.
Training collars are typically used for training only and not left on the dog’s neck all the time, as some collars can be harmful or dangerous if left on a dog unsupervised.
- Flat collars
Some dogs are trained on leash using a buckle or quick-release collar.
- Martingale collar
These are recommended for sighthounds because their heads are smaller than their necks and they can often slip out of standard collars. They can, however, be used for any breed of dog.
A martingale collar has 2 loops; the smaller loop is the “control loop” that tightens the larger loop when pulled to prevent dogs from slipping out of the collar. A correctly adjusted martingale does not constrict the dog’s neck when pulled taut.
( You should avoid this one as it may harm the furbaby:)
- Head halters
Head halters, also called head collars, are similar in design to a halter for a horse.
This device fastens around the back of the neck and over the top of the muzzle, giving more control over a dog’s direction and the intensity of pulling on a leash than most collars that fit strictly around the neck. Pressure on this type of collar pulls the dog’s nose and consequently their head towards the handler.
The theory behind the utility of head halters is that if you have control of the head, you have control of the body. The head collar generally consists of two loops, one behind the ears and the other over the nose.
( You should avoid it as it may harm the furbaby:)
- Aversive collars
Aversive collars use levels of discomfort or an unpleasant sensation to encourage a dog to modify unwanted behaviors. The use of aversive collars is controversial, with some humane and veterinary organizations recommending against them.
( You should avoid it as it may harm the dog)
- Shock collars
Shock collars (also called e-collars, remote training collars, electric collars, zap collars, or hunting collars) are electronic training aids developed to deliver a low intensity electrical signal, vibration, tone, or light signal to the dog via the collar. They are used primarily as a means of remote communication and widely accepted as a primary tool for the training of deaf and working dogs. These consist of a radio receiver attached to the collar and a transmitter that the trainer holds. When triggered, the collar delivers an aversive. The specific aversives vary with different makes of collars. Some emit sounds, some vibrate, some release citronella or other aerosol sprays, some apply electrical stimulation.
Some emit sounds, some vibrate, some release citronella or other aerosol sprays, some apply electrical stimulation. A few collars incorporate several of these. Of these, electrical stimulation is the most common and the most widely used.
( You should avoid it as it may harm the dog and only use them in extreme cases)
- Humane bark collars
There are dog bark collars that use a combination of vibrations and sounds. In several studies bark collars have been shown to be very effective.
- Prong collars
Prong collars are tools employed by some “balanced” dog trainers for working on things like pulling or leash reactivity. They rely on positive punishment, which is a quadrant of learning that involves adding (aka the “positive” part of positive punishment) negative sensations to decrease the likelihood of an unwanted behavior. In other words, these types of trainers use prong collars and similar tools to do something unpleasant when their dog does something undesirable.The issue is, these tools can cause physical and emotional damage to your dog, from trachea injuries, increasing fear.
( You should avoid it as it may harm the furbaby:)
- Force collars
Force collars are leather with metal prongs or studs lining the inside; similar in effect to prong collars.
- Choke Collar
In fact, while choke or chain collars may seem gentler than prong collars, they may actually be more dangerous — particularly in untrained hands.
E-collars are a very common traditional training tools, but they’re also a bad idea. E-collars are placed around your dog’s neck during training. Then, you’d trigger a small electric shock when your dog exhibits an undesirable behavior or failing to follow a command.
When used appropriately, e-collars don’t cause serious physical damage, but the emotional harm they cause can still be significant, increasing fear, stress, and wounding the relationship with your dog.
A clicker could probably fall under the optional training equipment section, but considering how useful (and cheap) they are, I’d really suggest grabbing one and practicing with one a bit before deciding if you’re a fan or not. Clickers provide an instantaneous way of signaling to your dog that he’s done good.
Remember to charge the clicker.
Dog muzzles can look controversial. After all, they have an unfair association with “aggressive” dogs or “attack” dogs. But most canine experts agree that at one point or another in every dog’s lifetime, there may be a situation when an owner needs to use a muzzle. It might be for the safety of the dog, the safety of a person, or both.
An injured or frightened dog is much more likely to bite. Particularly if you need to move or treat the dog in some way. Using a muzzle will keep you and anyone assisting you safe from your dog’s uncharacteristic but understandable behavior.
If your dog is aggressive and/or has bitten another dog or a person in the past, a muzzle can be used for safety.
When your dog goes for grooming then also sometimes it is required to muzzle him.
Leashes come in a variety of lengths, sizes and materials. A leash is vital to maintain control of your dog when out in public.
As with collars, the type of leash you’ll need will depend on the type of training you intend to perform with your dog. For most basic obedience training, you will need a standard five or six foot leash. With advanced obedience or distance commands, a 20-33 foot longline will be more suitable. Longlines are also useful for trailing, search and rescue, and other specialized training.
A portable mat or bed provides a safe space for your dog to settle, no matter where he is. A foldable, washable bed, mat or blanket is easy to transport and ideal for outings. Varieties with a sticky bottom tend to provide greater stability on slick surfaces.
When your dog is ready to practice behaviors like long-distance stays and come when called, a long line is a safe and simple alternative to being off leash. Long lines also allow for exploration during training breaks and extra room to walk out for activities like scent detection. Standard long lines vary from 15 to 30 feet.
Crates, pet gates, pet pens and playpens can be useful if you need to contain your dog in a certain area for situations like house training or chewing management. A barrier can also be helpful for keeping your pooch away from problem areas like stairs or the front door.
A puppy is a juvenile dog. Puppies, like human babies, do a lot of learning to do in their early months, especially when it comes to navigating their new environment and adopting good manners.
Puppies are a bit more attention seeking and need such a environment in which they feel safe and healthy. They are also generally more stubborn, needy and seek and require a lot of attention.
Once the puppy becomes all lovey with you he will start trusting you and form a bond which will help you train him.
How to train pups?
Puppies are generally more enthusiastic and curious. They run around here and there and try to discover things.
- Teaching to socialize
Puppies tend to get over excited on seeing people leading to them jumping over people. This can be avoided by slowly introducing them to people in proper planned way. You can have practice visitors to make your puppy comfortable. You need to do this practice multiple times until your puppy gets comfortable.
While teaching this make sure the puppy is used to the environment and surroundings so that he does not get scared and panicked. Once he meets the visitor, teach him to calm down.
Make sure the training sessions are not too long but brief and try to end them on a positive note. If your puppy is having a hard time learning something then try to end the session on a note which he already has understood.
- Keep a word that when you say is understood by the dog as a phrase to behave. You can use words like NO, SHUSH or even your dog’s name as per your convenience.
- Teaching to control emotions
Another thing you have to teach your dog is control over emotions. He needs to understand commands like ‘sit’, ‘stand’, ‘handshake’, ‘NO’, ‘DONT’, ‘CATCH’ and other basic commands. At a minimum, families should get puppies into the good habit of sitting before meal time. Ideally, you should also take things further and integrate the behavior into playtime by having your puppy sit before playing a game. All this type of training can be done when your pup is eight weeks.
- Training to play
Dogs are generally very playful animals. But you need to teach them basic play etiquette for a peaceful play. If not taught properly both you as well as your dog can get hurt during the playtime.
Puppies who learn the lesson of polite play know when to stop (and can follow the “drop it” command), what’s off-limits, and understand what not to bite means. While your puppy is still teething at this stage and likely has a strong desire to bite and chew things, they should know which household items are toys for playing with and which objects are not; for instance, your body and clothing.
- When left alone
There will be situations when you will leave your dog alone for some time, it can become dangerous if he is not properly tamed. He needs to understand what to do and to avoid it in your absence so that he is not hurt.
Teach him the basics of not being around the fire, or not playing with sharp objects.
- Revision Training
Have sessions to make your dog revise the things you have taught until he masters all of them.
If a puppy learns not to trust humans—maybe because they yell and punish, steal his food dish to establish dominance, or force him into scary situations—you will have an uphill battle teaching life skills later on.
Dogs who are afraid of people will have a harder time coming when called. And those who think people may steal their toys won’t be as likely to “drop it” when asked.
Every dog and every dog’s environment is different, so keep in mind that key training milestones will vary based on your particular dog and your surroundings.
It is generally observed that small dogs bark too much, if they do try calming them with treats. Or try to figure out why they are barking. If he still continues to bark in that way it is advised to visit a vet as he may be suffering from any ailment, panic attack, or something.
Generally asked question.
Will a dog shock collar stop a dog from whining?
The dog shock collar works on the vibrations of the dog’s vocal cords. When your dog tries to bark there are some sensations that are caught by the collar and give a shock. You need to set the sensitivity of the dog collar. It is a general view to avoid such equipment and only uses them in extreme situations. Also, avoid using this on puppies as they are more delicate and may render useless your relationship with your dog.
Some dogs lose their hearing as a result of chronic ear infections. Still others may suffer a traumatic injury to the ear, resulting in hearing loss. Finally, some dogs are born deaf because of a genetic defect; this is called congenital deafness. Causes of deafness later in life can include repeated or untreated ear infections, toxic chemicals and some drugs, aging, and injury.
Dogs that go deaf later in life seem to have little trouble adapting to their condition. In this case, it is even difficult for the owner to adapt.
Checking if your dog is deaf
For this, wait until your dog is asleep or when he is not looking at you. Make a loud noise and try not to have vibrations, if the dog recognizes it, and immediately looks at you then it is a good sign that your dog is not deaf. But unfortunately, if he does not respond then your dog might have become deaf.
Pet owners who want conclusive evidence can ask for a test called the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response procedure, or BAER. During this test, electrodes are placed under the dog’s scalp to read the brain’s response to a series of clicks directed into each ear.
Training a deaf dog
Though it is a bit difficult to train a deaf dog, it is actually not that difficult. It is just that you need to have a proper sign for every action. really don’t need to make a lot of special adjustments for their deaf pets.
- Gentle touch.
Always touch your dog in the same place such as the shoulder or top of the rear end. Keep your touch gentle so you don’t startle your dog.
- Light signals
. Your dog can see the wink of a flashlight out of the corner of their eye, but a flashlight works best at night such as when your dog is out in the yard.
- Laser pointer
This will show in daylight, but avoid flashing it in your dog’s eyes and beware that some dogs can become compulsive about chasing the light.
Stomp on the floor or pound the floor with your fist.
- Vibrating collar.
Do NOT use a shock collar or the shock setting on a multi-purpose collar. The point is not to punish your dog, but simply to communicate. Also, some dogs are sensitive to vibration and find it aversive. If vibrations stress your dog, choose another signal
Another thing is that clicker training will work with a deaf dog. Although they can’t hear the noise of a clicker, you can mark a behavior with almost anything. And the true strength of clicker training is marking the behaviors you want your dog to repeat. The most practical marker for a deaf dog would be a hand signal such as a thumbs-up gesture.
Keeping your dog safe
There are some common-sense steps owners of a deaf dog should take to keep their dog safe.The first is keeping the dog on a leash or in a fenced yard for his safety. A deaf dog can’t hear a car or other danger coming.
Keep track of your dog by putting a bell on their collar. You can also put a tag on them that says “Deaf,” along with your contact information.
One of the few problems people living with a deaf dog report is getting their pet’s attention.You can still grab your dog’s attention with a flashlight or porch light during night time.
But during the day it can be harder if the dog is focused on something else. Some say that the dogs usually see them if they wave their arms. But sometimes if they are frightened then you also need to touch them for attention.
Canine blindness and loss of vision can be caused by a variety of conditions. Sometimes blindness is a natural result of conditions associated with old age. For other dogs, it comes on quickly when they are quite young. Common blindness-causing conditions include cataracts and glaucoma, as well as Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome, or SARDS. As the name implies, dogs with SARDS lose their vision quickly instead of it slowly deteriorating over time.
If your dog starts colliding with things oftenly, it is natural to assume something is wrong. In such a case you should visit a veterinarian.
An animal who has lost or is losing her vision may feel vulnerable and anxious, so it’s important to create a consistent routine and a safe, comfortable home environment. Block off stairs and swimming pools, cover sharp corners on furniture and remove protruding branches and other potential hazards in your yard. In time, your pet will develop a mental layout of her domain and may learn to safely navigate stairs and other challenges, but it’s good to be cautious because a bad experience can cause injury and erode her confidence.
Training of blind dog
When using methods such as reward or reward-marker (clicker) training, teaching a blind dog is remarkably similar to working with a sighted dog, though you may obviously rely more heavily on vocal (or touch cues for dogs that are both deaf and blind) than on hand signals or body language.
- A new behavior may be initially lured, captured, or shaped. For example, you might use a treat lure to prompt a “sit.” You can capture the dog orienting to a sound such as the dog’s name or a touch such as a shoulder tap. These can be introduced much the same way you might introduce them to a sighted dog.
- Using a reward marker, such as a clicker or the word “yes,” to let the dog know what behavior is being rewarded already relies on sound rather than sight. For a dog that is both deaf and blind, a specific signal such as a touch on the chest can be used for the reward marker.
- You can reinforce behaviors with food, praise, touch, play, or other things that the dog finds rewarding, just as you would with a sighted dog.
Training is similar enough that Orbit attended my puppy, beginning life skills, and intermediate life skills classes and excelled at all of the exercises with only a few minor modifications.
Some facts about dogs
- Their sense of smell is at least 40x better than ours
- Most dogs are incredible swimmers
- Some are fast and could even beat a cheetah
- Dogs don’t sweat like we do
- Along with their noses, their hearing is super sensitive