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How To Stop Your Dog From Barking - Training Your Dog To Keep Quiet


Quieting a barking dog is a quick and easy process. Really. It also doesn't cost any money. But it's not an obvious process - witness the many dogs barking all the time in parks, backyards on street corners, with their owners tugging at their leash and yelling at them and the dogs completely ignoring their commands. My dog was driving me crazy until I learned how to stop his barking.

My dog barked and whined all the time, and it was a breed (husky), that was known for making a lot of noise. The situation was especially bad when the doorbell rang or he saw strangers. It was almost impossible to stop him once he started, and if there was another dog involved, forget it - my dog would yap his head off until the dogs were separated and out of sight.

One weekend, though, my friend came over to visit. She worked at the Chicago Zoo and knew animals better than anyone I had ever seen. In an hour she had my dog completely quiet, and she taught me how to do it, too. One hour to solve a problem that was driving me crazy for the last three years!

The secret is not intuitive. First you teach the dog to bark(!) I thought my friend was insane when she told me this. Obviously my dog knew how to bark because he barked and whined all the time. But she explained that while my dog barked a lot, he couldn't bark on command. First she taught him to bark on command, and then she taught him to be quiet on command. The whole process took less than an hour. My dog is pretty smart, so it may take your dog longer, but still, it's an incredibly effective technique, and now, two years later, my dog still doesn't give me trouble. What a great afternoon!

There are two elements at work here: positive reinforcement and intermittent reinforcement. Positive reinforcement teaches the behavior, and intermittent reinforcement keeps the behavior permanent. Negative reinforcement is just not a strong inducer of behavior. Negative reinforcement like shock collars or saying "No" does work to a certain extent, but studies have shown it to be about 10 times less effective than positive reinforcement.

Everything she did was very clear and precise, which was much of the reason she got her results so quickly. Your results may vary, but the clearer and more precise you can make everything, the better. First, go on a long walk with your dog to get him a lot of exercise. Your dog can't learn when he's all riled up.

Teaching your dog to bark: Then get a box of treats. Then look at your dog. When he barks, immediately praise him and give him a treat. Don't let any time elapse between the bark and the treat. Pretty soon he'll be barking a lot. Right now, the behavior is coming before the cue. Shape the behavior first, and then add your cue.

Teaching your dog to bark on command: Then go away for a few minutes and come back. Ignore his barking and ignore everything else he does. Just stand there, doing nothing, not rewarding him at all, not even looking at him. It may take a long time, but eventually your dog will calm down, stop barking, and start doing his own thing. Once your dog calms down and stops barking, start working with him again. This time, only give him a treat when you say "Speak" and point at him, and then he barks. 1. Verbal command and point. 2. Bark. 3. Reward. Don't give him a treat for just barking on his own. This part will take a while, but he will eventually understand the command. You're rewarding him for behavior he already is predisposed to do, you're just associating a command with it. Teaching your dog to be quiet: Go away for a few minutes, and then come back. He'll probably be barking a lot when you come back, but again, stay totally still and don't reward him at all (no praising, no eye contact, nothing). Once he stops barking, count to five slowly to yourself. You may have to wait a long time before he'll stop barking enough so a full count of five, but it will happen eventually. Once you can count to five without any barking, then reward him with praise and a treat. Notice that at this point, the behavior comes before the cue. Shape the behavior first, and then add your cue.

Teaching your dog to be quiet on demand: Keep that up for a while until the behavior sinks in, and then add the command. When he's not barking, hold up your hand as if you're signaling someone to stop, and say the command "Quiet". If he's quiet, then give him a treat and praise. So the order is 1. Verbal command and hand signal. 2. Dog is quiet. 3. Reward. Soon your dog will know how to be quiet on demand.

After a while, the treats won't be necessary, and even verbal praise won't be necessary every time. The praise at irregular intervals is the intermittent reinforcement part of the picture, and is very powerful. Intermittent reinforcement works better than if you reward behavior every single time.

Soon you'll have a dog that will go totally quiet when you tell him to!

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Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips - KSLA
Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips  KSLA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Fur-ever Friends: Adoptable pets available 11/12/19 - WJAC Johnstown
Fur-ever Friends: Adoptable pets available 11/12/19  WJAC Johnstown

Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Skip the TV: PACC waiving adoption fees on black-furred pets on Black Friday - KVOA Tucson News
Skip the TV: PACC waiving adoption fees on black-furred pets on Black Friday  KVOA Tucson News

More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price - Minnesota Public Radio News
More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

Two local shelters give Veterans pets for free - WSYM-TV
Two local shelters give Veterans pets for free  WSYM-TV

Bentley's Corner: Pets with diabetes - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Bentley's Corner: Pets with diabetes  13newsnow.com WVEC

As temps lower, protect your outside pets - WTOK
As temps lower, protect your outside pets  WTOK

Seat alarm designed to save kids, pets from hot car deaths - fox5sandiego.com
Seat alarm designed to save kids, pets from hot car deaths  fox5sandiego.com

Pets also need protection in cold weather - KSAT San Antonio
Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

Follow Dallas' laws about protecting your pets during cold freeze - culturemap.com
Follow Dallas' laws about protecting your pets during cold freeze  culturemap.com

Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles - Science Daily
Scientists develop sensor to save children, pets left in vehicles  Science Daily

Adoptable pets for Nov. 8-14 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Adoptable pets for Nov. 8-14  Knoxville News Sentinel

Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - KAIT
Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald  The State Journal-Register

Renting with pets? Landlords may want more than just cash - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Renting with pets? Landlords may want more than just cash  Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Baz needs a home -- and so do other pets across Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay Times
Baz needs a home -- and so do other pets across Tampa Bay  Tampa Bay Times

Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths - CNN
Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

'For Pet's Sake' - Bakersfield Now
'For Pet's Sake'  Bakersfield Now

We Love Our Pets, and IDEXX Knows It - Motley Fool
We Love Our Pets, and IDEXX Knows It  Motley Fool

Israel under Gaza rockets: Caring for your pets in times of emergency - The Jerusalem Post
Israel under Gaza rockets: Caring for your pets in times of emergency  The Jerusalem Post

How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - Chicago Sun-Times
How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  Chicago Sun-Times

How to protect your pets, plants, and pipes during colder weather - WCBI
How to protect your pets, plants, and pipes during colder weather  WCBI

Aggieland Humane Society offering free pets for vets - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society offering free pets for vets  KBTX

San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia - San Bernardino County Sun
San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia  San Bernardino County Sun

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets - WPXI Pittsburgh
Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets  WPXI Pittsburgh

Oklahoma family devastated after losing home, pets in fire - KFOR Oklahoma City
Oklahoma family devastated after losing home, pets in fire  KFOR Oklahoma City

Talking About Pets: For the love of a pet - Daytona Beach News-Journal
Talking About Pets: For the love of a pet  Daytona Beach News-Journal

Local News Reminder: Bring your pets inside if the temp drops below 20 degrees Katie Cox - WRTV Indianapolis
Local News Reminder: Bring your pets inside if the temp drops below 20 degrees Katie Cox  WRTV Indianapolis

Here's a chance to get free rabies shots, microchips for your pets - mySanAntonio.com
Here's a chance to get free rabies shots, microchips for your pets  mySanAntonio.com

Exotic pets take center stage at upcoming Reptile Expo - WEAU
Exotic pets take center stage at upcoming Reptile Expo  WEAU

Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas - 12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC
Pets, plants and heaters: What you need to know as an Arctic Blast blows into Southeast Texas  12newsnow.com KBMT-KJAC

People, pets, plants: Freeze prompts Acadiana to take action - The Advocate
People, pets, plants: Freeze prompts Acadiana to take action  The Advocate

Don't Tranquilize Pets on the Move Advises Air Animal Veterinarian - PR Web
Don't Tranquilize Pets on the Move Advises Air Animal Veterinarian  PR Web

Heaven's Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Holds 9th Annual Blessing of the Pets - My New Orleans
Heaven's Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Holds 9th Annual Blessing of the Pets  My New Orleans

Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

Should People Be Able to Take Their Therapy Pets Everywhere? - International Policy Digest
Should People Be Able to Take Their Therapy Pets Everywhere?  International Policy Digest

Japanese Office lets Employees bring Pets to Work - WSPA 7News
Japanese Office lets Employees bring Pets to Work  WSPA 7News

Pet gifts 2019: ‘Purrfect’ finds for your four-legged friends - Seattle Times
Pet gifts 2019: ‘Purrfect’ finds for your four-legged friends  Seattle Times

Pet tips: Senior pet health - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15
Pet tips: Senior pet health - News15 | Lafayette, LA  FOX 15

7 People, 6 Pets Displaced In Structure Fire Near San Ramon - Patch.com
7 People, 6 Pets Displaced In Structure Fire Near San Ramon  Patch.com

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 11 - Manhattan, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 11  Manhattan, IL Patch

Pets For Vets - Helping Veterans And Shelter Animals - Talk Radio 1210 WPHT
Pets For Vets - Helping Veterans And Shelter Animals  Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

For Pet's Sake | Pedicures for your pet - fox56.com
For Pet's Sake | Pedicures for your pet  fox56.com

People, Pets Breaking Out The Winter Attire With This Early Taste Of Arctic-Like Cold - CBS Philly
People, Pets Breaking Out The Winter Attire With This Early Taste Of Arctic-Like Cold  CBS Philly

Officials Offer Pet Safety Tips Ahead of Cold Weather - NBC Chicago
Officials Offer Pet Safety Tips Ahead of Cold Weather  NBC Chicago

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Shannon - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Shannon  KCBD

VCA Announces Partnership with Varian in the Fight Against Pet Cancer - PRNewswire
VCA Announces Partnership with Varian in the Fight Against Pet Cancer  PRNewswire

Pets on 2: Charleston Animal Society – Peper - WCBD News 2
Pets on 2: Charleston Animal Society – Peper  WCBD News 2

AM Update: Renting with your pet in Twin Cities? Get your pet's DNA ready - Minnesota Public Radio News
AM Update: Renting with your pet in Twin Cities? Get your pet's DNA ready  Minnesota Public Radio News

A Paws for Health: Pet Allergies - 9&10 News
A Paws for Health: Pet Allergies  9&10 News

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free pet microchipping - KRQE News 13
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department offers free pet microchipping  KRQE News 13

Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets - Phoenix New Times
Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets  Phoenix New Times

Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving for Pets - Patch.com
Annual Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving for Pets  Patch.com

Happy Howlidays! Dozens of pets in Moanalua participate in annual snow-day event - Hawaii News Now
Happy Howlidays! Dozens of pets in Moanalua participate in annual snow-day event  Hawaii News Now

City Council Votes to Keep Alpacas as Pets in Escondido - NBC 7 San Diego
City Council Votes to Keep Alpacas as Pets in Escondido  NBC 7 San Diego

St. Petersburg leaders take stand against Florida bill that would ban pets from certain areas - ABC Action News
St. Petersburg leaders take stand against Florida bill that would ban pets from certain areas  ABC Action News

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine - The Atlantic
A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps - nbc25news.com
Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps  nbc25news.com

The world's biggest Burmese python is this man's pet snake - New York Post
The world's biggest Burmese python is this man's pet snake  New York Post

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019  OregonLive

Glenville shelter gets over 40 pets at once - The Daily Gazette
Glenville shelter gets over 40 pets at once  The Daily Gazette

Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too! - PEOPLE.com
Nashville Is Going to the Dogs in a Good Way — And Your City Can Too!  PEOPLE.com

JAPAN: OFFICES HAVE FUN BRINGING PETS TO WORK - WFMZ Allentown
JAPAN: OFFICES HAVE FUN BRINGING PETS TO WORK  WFMZ Allentown

Make your holiday decorations toddler- and pet-friendly - Times-Enterprise
Make your holiday decorations toddler- and pet-friendly  Times-Enterprise

Instagram pets don't live forever, but their content can - The Outline
Instagram pets don't live forever, but their content can  The Outline

Local church runs food pantry for pets - WJAC Johnstown
Local church runs food pantry for pets  WJAC Johnstown

Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets - Today.com
Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets  Today.com

You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 9-10 - SILive.com
You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 9-10  SILive.com

3 people, 2 pets escape Canton house fire - Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
3 people, 2 pets escape Canton house fire  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

Pet(s) of the Week: Mouse & Quintin - WDVM 25
Pet(s) of the Week: Mouse & Quintin  WDVM 25

Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pet Shop: Sometimes pets need pets, too - Greensboro News & Record
The Pet Shop: Sometimes pets need pets, too  Greensboro News & Record

11/12: Adopt-A-Pet - Meet Arabella - WQOW TV News 18
11/12: Adopt-A-Pet - Meet Arabella  WQOW TV News 18

Predator attacks on pets worries owners - Powell Tribune
Predator attacks on pets worries owners  Powell Tribune

See a pet left outside in the cold? Here’s who to call - Cleveland 19 News
See a pet left outside in the cold? Here’s who to call  Cleveland 19 News

Get your pet's photo taken with Santa at Eastgate Mall - WLWT Cincinnati
Get your pet's photo taken with Santa at Eastgate Mall  WLWT Cincinnati

These adorable pets need new homes! - WCVB Boston
These adorable pets need new homes!  WCVB Boston

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners - The New Yorker
The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

Several pets die after fire in northwest - CityNews Calgary
Several pets die after fire in northwest  CityNews Calgary

The Wet Nose Project | Saving pets one fundraiser at a time - KSDK.com
The Wet Nose Project | Saving pets one fundraiser at a time  KSDK.com

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Tucker - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Tucker  KCBD

New Young-Williams Pet Resource Center nearly complete - WATE 6 On Your Side
New Young-Williams Pet Resource Center nearly complete  WATE 6 On Your Side

The Farmer's Dog tests its pet food recipes on humans - CBS News
The Farmer's Dog tests its pet food recipes on humans  CBS News

Pets of the week: Fun-loving Mac, easy-going Tulip looking for new homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Fun-loving Mac, easy-going Tulip looking for new homes  MLive.com

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

Halfway Home Pet Rescue Adoption Center pet of the week – Jamie - The County
Halfway Home Pet Rescue Adoption Center pet of the week – Jamie  The County

Husky mix, mellow cat are Unleashed Pet Rescue’s pets of week - Kansas City Star
Husky mix, mellow cat are Unleashed Pet Rescue’s pets of week  Kansas City Star

Pet 2,080 dogs at Philadelphia’s National Dog Show this weekend - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pet 2,080 dogs at Philadelphia’s National Dog Show this weekend  The Philadelphia Inquirer

Second Home Pet Boarding: New kennel offers plenty of amenities, great space for pets - Dubois County Free Press
Second Home Pet Boarding: New kennel offers plenty of amenities, great space for pets  Dubois County Free Press

Shelter for abused women now offers safe haven for clients’ pets, too - WLOX
Shelter for abused women now offers safe haven for clients’ pets, too  WLOX

California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets - Mental Floss
California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets  Mental Floss

New Cumberland council tables plan to limit number of household pets - PennLive
New Cumberland council tables plan to limit number of household pets  PennLive

Ordinance limiting number of pets up for possible vote - PennLive
Ordinance limiting number of pets up for possible vote  PennLive

2 pets killed, family displaced after Fort Lauderdale home catches fire - WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale
2 pets killed, family displaced after Fort Lauderdale home catches fire  WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

Pet Health: How to treat and prevent kennel cough - ArkLaTexHomepage
Pet Health: How to treat and prevent kennel cough  ArkLaTexHomepage

Wag's dog walkers are secretly rating your precious pet - Business Insider
Wag's dog walkers are secretly rating your precious pet  Business Insider

ANIMAL ADOPTION PITTSBURGH: Humane Animal Rescue waiving adoption fees for senior pets in November - WPXI Pittsburgh
ANIMAL ADOPTION PITTSBURGH: Humane Animal Rescue waiving adoption fees for senior pets in November  WPXI Pittsburgh

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