Dogs bark as a natural form of communication and to express their feelings. Often, dogs will bark when they are lonely or feeling anxious. This is why your dog will bark repeatedly at night time and while you are away from home. Unfortunately, this can be quite the nuisance for you and your neighbors.
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Barking problems can affect everyone in the household, as well as visitors and neighbors. Excessive barking can also be the cause of some behavioral or emotional problems. But the good news is that you can train your dog not to bark! All you need is a clicker and a treat! If you don't have a clicker, here's our DIY tutorial about how to make a clicker for dog training.
Use a voice commands: When your dog barks you need to say "No." Speak clearly and keep it short. Make eye contact with your dog when you say no and hold your hand out in front of you. This will help your dog understand that you are speaking to him, and that you are saying he is doing something wrong.
Use reinforcements: When your dog understands and stops barking use your clicker and a treat. Have them with you at all times. Right after you use your voice command, and your dog stops barking, click twice and give your dog a treat. You should also give your dog some affection when he listens.
Take breaks: If your dog continues to bark even after you use the voice command, take him to a sort of time out spot. Do not say anything while you are doing this. Just follow through with the repercussion. It is important to be silent.
Be consistent: Keep using the reinforcements no matter what. Eventually, your dog will stop barking. Some dogs will take longer than others, so be patient.