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How to stop a dog from barking?

 5:42 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

How to stop a dog from barking?



 6:05 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Run it over?


 6:07 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm going to get flamed for this but a bark collar helps.

But, a better (and less controversial) way is to find out why the dog is barking and correct that.

Barking at strangers? Not much you should do about that.
Barking when you're not home? Put old blankets (yours) in his crate, play some soft music.
Barking at randon? Find out why.


 6:09 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Your dog, or someone else's dog?

(You could enter your question in a Google search box and receive approx 1,840,000 SERPs ... but that would take away the fun of Foo ...)


 6:11 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

It's probably worth knowing a little more about what kind of barking you're referring to.

One of the reasons a dog barks is because it is warning off intruders to its territory.

Another is because it has been left alone. Being pack animals, it's calling for its master.


 6:16 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

How to stop a dog from barking?

One of the good reasons to keep a dog is because they bark. If you want to stop it from barking, then you are going to have, well, a big cat.

How about getting a regular cat? :)


 6:17 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

How about getting a regular cat? :)

Don't you mean a greyhound? :)


 6:26 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Take it to a vet and have it "debarked" (don't know the actual procedure, but I think the vocal cords are snipped).


 6:28 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)


Incredibly in-humane....please don't go that route.


 6:41 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Dogs sometimes bark due to separation problems. They do crave to be next to their pack leaders. Also, if they aren't challenged enough they turn to barking to get rid of their excess energy. Start taking long walks with it if it's your dog and make it work by carrying something on it's back. This goes a long way to helping the dog access the "traveling" part of it's brain as opposed to "THERE'S A RABBIT!, THERE'S A CAT!, THERE'S A CAR!" and going crazy about every little thing they see. Make them work and follow you for 30-45 minutes per day at least. Remember, a dog can't take you for a walk by pulling the whole time because then you are following them and they are dominant. They'll never do what you ask in that position.

Incessant barking for no reason is a symptom of mental unrest... usually an excess of energy and lack of structure. Fix the situation and the barking will stop.

Watch the Dog Whisperer on the NGC for more tips if you live in the US. His techniques are VERY successful for me.

If it's not your dog, call the cops. :)


 6:41 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)


Incredibly in-humane....please don't go that route

I have cats, not really a dog person, but I really agree with that. Before you got the dog I assume you knew dogs barked, so don't punish the dog for barking.

[edited by: Dabrowski at 6:42 pm (utc) on Oct. 23, 2007]


 6:43 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Unbarked might be more humane.


 6:47 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

A thick peanut butter sandwich, but that only works for a while. However, your dog will love you :)



 7:01 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Debarking - shock collars - one old guy's observations -

An ex of mine (let's call her Satan's Sister, for other reasons) had this well mannered Basset. His only problem was the only socialization if got with it's owner was a handful of dog biscuits thrown on the floor when the owner stormed in.

She would leave it home, outside. Bark bark bark. Neighbors called, police visited often.

First came the shocking collar. For the first week, it mildly curbed the problem until the dog became immune to the discomfort. If you consider one of these, turn the thing on high and give yourself a jolt with it. This requires a pretty high tolerance for pain, for a dog. But pain is something they adapt to really quickly.

By the second week, the bark was in full swing again with a twist - three of the probes had cut distinct punctures in the dogs neck, burrowing into the skin, causing infections. The barking continued.

Then came the surgery. There are two types of debarking, a deep debark and a mid-debark (not sure of the exact term.) In the second the cords are only partially snipped. The result of this is a hoarse attempt at a bark, which sounds like some monster out of a cheap Hollywood movie, a breathy heave of the lungs. It's pitiful to hear, and real. And for a Basset Hound, who's character relies on their voice, it's still loud enough to annoy the neighbors.

How to stop a dog from barking: If you own a dog, you should know why your dog is so "vocal." Even an old dog can be taught to use his/her "inside voice" in a few short weeks with a little attention. There are thousands fo training methods out there.

They need attention and bonding, and require a mild bit of dedication. If you don't have the dedication to know why the dog is barking, you shouldn't be a pet owner, give it to someone who will.


 7:05 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

next time he barks, just hit him on the head with a hammer.
he'll soon learn.


 7:08 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you don't have the dedication to know why the dog is barking, you shouldn't be a pet owner, give it to someone who will.

Well put. A little blunt, but absolutely true.


 7:14 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

next time he barks, just hit him on the head with a hammer.

I do not understand all these violent and extreme ideas. I have owned 11 dogs over 35 years, 5 of which were Basset Hounds, three German Shepherds, the rest mutts. If you teach the dog proper behavior and that it is part of the family, not just some Christmas gift for your kid who after two weeks doesn't care so you tie it up outside forever, 99.9% of the time, there is no problem. In general, hyper-barkers are a result of neglect, inbreeding, or abuse.



 7:19 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Incredibly in-humane....please don't go that route.

Also illegal in some areas.

I'll agree with some of the posts, training or resolving the issue is the best option but a bark collar, if used properly, is an altermative.

As mentioned, Csar Milan (a.k.a. the Dog Whisperer) has many great ways to treat it without extra accessories. You really need to find out WHY the dog is barking first before you can even attempted to resolve the issue.

If it is seperation anxiety (while you are away) then play music, maybe put an old blanket or towel of yours in the crate with the dog (one you don't mind if it gets destroyed).

If its when you're home, either interwxt with them (play tug, cuddle, whatever) or teach them that it is acceptable to be quiet (reward them when they are not barking). If hes barking in appropreately, he does not get rewarded (no interaction), maybe even a harsh NO will turn the behavior around.

If its when he sees strangers outside, don't correct it, he's protecting his domain (which is what he's supposed to do).

Also, learn how to speak dog (in body language). Body language will go a long way when working with dogs.


 7:25 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have owned 11 dogs over 35 years

Ever owned a sausage dog? I think they're funny and would like one, but I don't really know what their manner is like.

I'd call it Steve, to annoy my neighbour Steve.


 7:31 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Pets are like children - most people aren't mentally qualified to have or take care of them.

The barking dog owners are the ones that need to be struck on the head with a hammer - sticky me their address, I need some exercise.


 7:34 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Which is more inhumane- debarking or euthanizing?

Yes, dogs do bark, but dogs should not be barking constantly. Maybe some people can put up with a dog that barks constantly, but their neighbors will have other ideas.


 7:36 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

it's when he starts mieowing -- that's when it's time to start worrying


 8:04 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

How to stop a dog from barking?

I guess you could also ask...

How to stop a person from talking?

Same thing. Almost.


 8:09 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)


My neighbor has a sausage dog. She barks all the time. Very annoying.


 8:10 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

As others have said, there is a reason the dog is barking and that is what should be addressed. Get rid of the reason, and the barking will stop plus the dog will be much happier.


 8:46 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

My hound is 3. He is a loving, long haired dachshund who barks EVERY TIME the front door to the building is opened, day or night, rain or shine, and try as I must to not disturb people in this building I stop all work to rush over to him and say "NO" and he stops, but only after I have stopped everything and gone over to say NO. So help is most welcome!

[edited by: FlexAjaxSEO at 8:47 pm (utc) on Oct. 23, 2007]


 9:14 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

According to Caesar's technique, the way to stop that behavior is to "own" the door. Right now he thinks he owns it and so he thinks that anything making noise around it is his domain to do something about. You need to make him leave the area where he's barking by crowding him out. Kind of like herding him out of the area. When he's out from around the door, make him go into a submissive position like laying down or sitting with ears back.* He learns after a while that the area and the sounds around the door are your concern, not his. In his mind, something is coming, you aren't the leader in the area, so he has to do something about it; bark.

You can speed the beginnings of the process by having a friend go open and shut the building door a lot so you can control the situation for 10-15 minutes straight. Done properly, he'll finally get it and give up barking. This will lay the groundwork for maintenance.

*You need to gain a good understanding of your dog's body language in order to apply this technique properly. This technique resolves the mental issue driving the behavior instead of punishing the manifestation of the mental instability, like a shock collar does. Dogs can be stubborn enough to become immune to physical punishment, and if a dog gets worked into a fury, they feel no pain anyway.

good luck! Caesar has books if you want to learn more about his process.


 11:31 pm on Oct 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Best to understand why the dog is barking in order to fix it ...

I'm not a big fan of C. Milan, but what SEOMike described sounds workable (though I disagree with the reasoning as to WHY it works).

Shock collars usually cause more problems than they fix - if the dog is barking out of anxiety about some stimulus the shock collar represses the behavior but increases the anxiety.

Incredibly in-humane....please don't go that route.

Lots of misconceptions about this. My dogs are NOT debarked, but they are a notoriously "vocal" breed and this is fairly common practice among those who have larger numbers of them (more than 2-3 - in small numbers you can use training to control it, in larger groups pack behavior makes this nearly impossible). No incision, nothing is "removed", it is done with a biopsy punch - the dog recovers quickly and resumes barking ... but the result isn't loud enough to annoy anyone. They don't spend their lives being punished for barking, the owners don't worry about visits from the police or having their dogs confiscated, if its done properly there are no medical repercussions and the dogs happily go on expressing their opinions ... quietly.

If this is your neighbor's dog, I don't recommend kidnapping him to have this done ... otherwise we'll have to start the sequel to "I neutered my neighbor's cat"!

[edited by: MamaDawg at 11:35 pm (utc) on Oct. 23, 2007]


 12:10 am on Oct 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

Don't get me wrong, I actually love dogs, quiet ones.

A bark now and then is expected but constant yipping and yapping has got to go.

I have found that sending the police to the neighbors house with the non-stop barking dogs will eventually make it very quiet and about 3 dogs have disappeared after multiple complaints. We had one neighbor with a dog that howled all morning after he went to work and that went away after a couple of weeks. The other neighbor put their dog on the 3rd floor balcony where it barked all day while that neighbor was at work which didn't last long either.

I agree with the others that you need to watch the Dog Whisperer and maybe you'll learn a little about how to change that mutt's behavior so it'll be in a low energy state when the door opens instead of all hyper.

Find a trainer if you can't do it yourself, or give the dog to someone in a single family home where it won't disturb the neighbors which are probably plotting your demise as we type...

[edited by: incrediBILL at 12:13 am (utc) on Oct. 24, 2007]


 12:44 am on Oct 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

The door just opened. I am back now. Thanks everyone!

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