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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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‘Fear-Free’ Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners - The New York Times
‘Fear-Free’ Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners  The New York Times

Pets of the week - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

Human Society of Greater Dayton offers pet tips for Super Bowl Sunday - Dayton 24/7 Now
Human Society of Greater Dayton offers pet tips for Super Bowl Sunday  Dayton 24/7 Now

Fire displaces 3 families; 3 pets lost - The Recorder
Fire displaces 3 families; 3 pets lost  The Recorder

Cerabino: Doggone it, feds looking to ground “emotional support” pets - Palm Beach Post
Cerabino: Doggone it, feds looking to ground “emotional support” pets  Palm Beach Post

San Gabriel Valley pets of the week: All hail the queen! - The Pasadena Star-News
San Gabriel Valley pets of the week: All hail the queen!  The Pasadena Star-News

Pets being shot in Brookhaven neighborhood, families concerned - WLBT
Pets being shot in Brookhaven neighborhood, families concerned  WLBT

Standard Journal Pets of the Week from the Wednesday, January 29, 2020 edition - The Catoosa County News
Standard Journal Pets of the Week from the Wednesday, January 29, 2020 edition  The Catoosa County News

To the dogs: Salon location to switch from people to pets - boisedev.com
To the dogs: Salon location to switch from people to pets  boisedev.com

Not your typical pets - Beatrice Daily Sun
Not your typical pets  Beatrice Daily Sun

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

Which pets are best for people with allergies? - The Pasadena Star-News
Which pets are best for people with allergies?  The Pasadena Star-News

Animal Ortho Care gives owners options for treating injured pets - INFORUM
Animal Ortho Care gives owners options for treating injured pets  INFORUM

Local bikers ride for lost pets - KGNS.tv
Local bikers ride for lost pets  KGNS.tv

Hide Your Pets: NYPD Warns of Coyote Sightings in Central Park - NBC New York
Hide Your Pets: NYPD Warns of Coyote Sightings in Central Park  NBC New York

Pets of the Week for Jan. 28, 2020 - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the Week for Jan. 28, 2020  Duluth News Tribune

Spotify's New "Pawfect" Music Playlists Are In Tune With Pet and Pet Owners, reports Packaged Facts - Yahoo Finance
Spotify's New "Pawfect" Music Playlists Are In Tune With Pet and Pet Owners, reports Packaged Facts  Yahoo Finance

St. Louis-based pet food company acquires pet products maker - St. Louis Business Journal
St. Louis-based pet food company acquires pet products maker  St. Louis Business Journal

Henrico officials urge pet vaccinations after first rabies case of 2020 - 8News
Henrico officials urge pet vaccinations after first rabies case of 2020  8News

Keep pets away from festivals | Letters To Editor - Citrus County Chronicle
Keep pets away from festivals | Letters To Editor  Citrus County Chronicle

Pets escape burning garage on Tower Road; no one injured - Detroit Lakes Tribune
Pets escape burning garage on Tower Road; no one injured  Detroit Lakes Tribune

Man quits job, sells possessions to travel around world with pet ferret - Fox News
Man quits job, sells possessions to travel around world with pet ferret  Fox News

WeatherTech puts its Super Bowl focus on pets, rather than products - Plastics News
WeatherTech puts its Super Bowl focus on pets, rather than products  Plastics News

Several pets killed in fire that destroyed Weymouth home - The Patriot Ledger
Several pets killed in fire that destroyed Weymouth home  The Patriot Ledger

Media Invited to cover The 17th Anniversary New York Pet Fashion Show Presented by [ IVS ] International Veterinary Sciences - Yahoo Finance
Media Invited to cover The 17th Anniversary New York Pet Fashion Show Presented by [ IVS ] International Veterinary Sciences  Yahoo Finance

Pet Talk: Staying environmentally conscious with your pets - KBTX
Pet Talk: Staying environmentally conscious with your pets  KBTX

Blues pup Barclay will lead the Mardi Gras pet parade again - KMOX
Blues pup Barclay will lead the Mardi Gras pet parade again  KMOX

Video: Does Michael R. Bloomberg Know How To Pet A Dog? - Gothamist
Video: Does Michael R. Bloomberg Know How To Pet A Dog?  Gothamist

Linwood resident could face jail time because of ‘The Dude,’ her pet pot-bellied pig - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
Linwood resident could face jail time because of ‘The Dude,’ her pet pot-bellied pig  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of Jan. 27 - Patch.com
Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of Jan. 27  Patch.com

Animal Aid seeking volunteers, loving homes for shelter pets - KATC Lafayette News
Animal Aid seeking volunteers, loving homes for shelter pets  KATC Lafayette News

Pets of the week: These sweet strays have lots of personality to brighten your life - MLive.com
Pets of the week: These sweet strays have lots of personality to brighten your life  MLive.com

Operation Pawprints helping pets and families find the right fit - KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com
Operation Pawprints helping pets and families find the right fit  KLBK | KAMC | EverythingLubbock.com

Vancouver hospice program cares for pets so owners can be with dying loved ones - The Columbian
Vancouver hospice program cares for pets so owners can be with dying loved ones  The Columbian

You may not be able to leave your pet outside in these temps, proposed Virginia bill says - WUSA9.com
You may not be able to leave your pet outside in these temps, proposed Virginia bill says  WUSA9.com

Florida legislators could make rescue animals official state pet - WPEC
Florida legislators could make rescue animals official state pet  WPEC

Halifax Humane Society's Adoptable Pets of the Week for Jan. 30 - Ormond Beach Observer
Halifax Humane Society's Adoptable Pets of the Week for Jan. 30  Ormond Beach Observer

MSPCA program offers affordable care for Lowell pets - Lowell Sun
MSPCA program offers affordable care for Lowell pets  Lowell Sun

Urgent Care For Pets to Open on Amsterdam and 77th This Spring - westsiderag.com
Urgent Care For Pets to Open on Amsterdam and 77th This Spring  westsiderag.com

Donations sought for Hearts 4 Paws pet food drive - Las Cruces Sun-News
Donations sought for Hearts 4 Paws pet food drive  Las Cruces Sun-News

Rescue animals could become Florida’s official state pet - South Florida Sun Sentinel - Broward Politics
Rescue animals could become Florida’s official state pet - South Florida Sun Sentinel  Broward Politics

Your pet is not vested as a service animal - Cascadia Weekly
Your pet is not vested as a service animal  Cascadia Weekly

NJ pets in need: Jan. 27, 2020 - nj.com - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Jan. 27, 2020 - nj.com  NJ.com

Stock Market Bubble: Are We Headed Back to Days Of Pets.com? - See It Market
Stock Market Bubble: Are We Headed Back to Days Of Pets.com?  See It Market

The days of passengers bringing pets on planes could be ending as U.S. looks to tighten service animal rules - MarketWatch
The days of passengers bringing pets on planes could be ending as U.S. looks to tighten service animal rules  MarketWatch

Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too - TIME
Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

Paws to Care: Founder of Pet Savers introduces adoptable pet Nowell - KTBS
Paws to Care: Founder of Pet Savers introduces adoptable pet Nowell  KTBS

Delta has a new upscale, high-tech pet carrier available. Cost? $850 - CNN
Delta has a new upscale, high-tech pet carrier available. Cost? $850  CNN

Pet cemetery of the rich & famous right here in New Jersey - New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
Pet cemetery of the rich & famous right here in New Jersey  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

13 Simple Things You Can Do to Show Your Pet You Love Them - POPSUGAR
13 Simple Things You Can Do to Show Your Pet You Love Them  POPSUGAR

TBWAWorldHealth's Miwon Seo on Toni Morrison, office pets and why green trumps blue - Campaigns - MM&M - Medical Marketing and Media
TBWAWorldHealth's Miwon Seo on Toni Morrison, office pets and why green trumps blue - Campaigns - MM&M  Medical Marketing and Media

'I'm Not Baggage': Russian Pets Unite in Flashmob After Cats' Airplane Death - The Moscow Times
'I'm Not Baggage': Russian Pets Unite in Flashmob After Cats' Airplane Death  The Moscow Times

Pet psychic, cowboys help find missing Missoula dogs - Fairfield Sun Times
Pet psychic, cowboys help find missing Missoula dogs  Fairfield Sun Times

3 Ways to Make Caring for Your Pet more Eco-Friendly - newsdakota.com
3 Ways to Make Caring for Your Pet more Eco-Friendly  newsdakota.com

Grieving man quits job to travel the world with pet ferret - New York Post
Grieving man quits job to travel the world with pet ferret  New York Post

The Face of Professional Pet Care and Dog Behavioral Training: Take Paws - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
The Face of Professional Pet Care and Dog Behavioral Training: Take Paws  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

How ‘patience and timing’ can make pet training easy and other helpful tips for dog owners - Q13 News Seattle
How ‘patience and timing’ can make pet training easy and other helpful tips for dog owners  Q13 News Seattle

Volunteer helps local pet community - The Suffolk News-Herald - Suffolk News-Herald
Volunteer helps local pet community - The Suffolk News-Herald  Suffolk News-Herald

Pet Improvement: All about cats - Newport News Times
Pet Improvement: All about cats  Newport News Times

How A Yorkie Enthusiast's Passion For Pets Sparked A Million-Dollar, One-Person Business - Forbes
How A Yorkie Enthusiast's Passion For Pets Sparked A Million-Dollar, One-Person Business  Forbes

Appleton police: Pet rabbits found abandoned in a box - Fox11online.com
Appleton police: Pet rabbits found abandoned in a box  Fox11online.com

Rescue animals could become Florida's state pet - NBC2 News
Rescue animals could become Florida's state pet  NBC2 News

Covenant Creatures Helps Thurston County Pet Owners in Need - ThurstonTalk
Covenant Creatures Helps Thurston County Pet Owners in Need  ThurstonTalk

Florida could designate rescue animals as official state pet - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Florida could designate rescue animals as official state pet  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Adopt A Pet Tuesday: Rex, Austin & Pawpawsaurus - 9&10 News
Adopt A Pet Tuesday: Rex, Austin & Pawpawsaurus  9&10 News

Bring your pets to Florida Food & Brews festival - WTSP.com
Bring your pets to Florida Food & Brews festival  WTSP.com

Firefighters: Families should have fire escape plan that includes pets - UpNorthLive.com
Firefighters: Families should have fire escape plan that includes pets  UpNorthLive.com

Meet Olympias, FOX8’s Pet of the Week - WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
Meet Olympias, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

National pet blood shortage impacts local animal hospitals - NewsChannel5.com
National pet blood shortage impacts local animal hospitals  NewsChannel5.com

1 person taken to the hospital, residents, pets rescued during apartment complex fire in northwest Amarillo - KFDA
1 person taken to the hospital, residents, pets rescued during apartment complex fire in northwest Amarillo  KFDA

Pets perish in Saturday night fire near Aksarben area - WOWT
Pets perish in Saturday night fire near Aksarben area  WOWT

A new vet subscription shows pets really are just like us — they’re suckers for good branding - The Hustle
A new vet subscription shows pets really are just like us — they’re suckers for good branding  The Hustle

Ali’i Animal Hospital and Resort: Common pet diseases in Hawaii - KHON2
Ali’i Animal Hospital and Resort: Common pet diseases in Hawaii  KHON2

Rescued Animals Could Soon Be Florida’s Official State Pet - CBS Miami
Rescued Animals Could Soon Be Florida’s Official State Pet  CBS Miami

Sheriff: Two killed in house fire trying to rescue pets - UpNorthLive.com
Sheriff: Two killed in house fire trying to rescue pets  UpNorthLive.com

Understanding the fads, fears and facts behind pet food ingredient trends - Pet Food Processing
Understanding the fads, fears and facts behind pet food ingredient trends  Pet Food Processing

Greyhound group's challenge is to turn racing machine into a pet - Los Angeles Times
Greyhound group's challenge is to turn racing machine into a pet  Los Angeles Times

Pet friendly houseplants from Armstrong Garden Centers - - KUSI
Pet friendly houseplants from Armstrong Garden Centers -  KUSI

Pet Spotlight: Wings the service dog acts as his owner's eyes around campus - The Wood Word
Pet Spotlight: Wings the service dog acts as his owner's eyes around campus  The Wood Word

Pet of the Week: 2020 pets - WTOP
Pet of the Week: 2020 pets  WTOP

Delta now offering ‘CarePod’ for travelers with pets - KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City
Delta now offering ‘CarePod’ for travelers with pets  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Pets of the week: Great pets need great homes - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Great pets need great homes  Bucks County Courier Times

Pet Tips With Alyx - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15
Pet Tips With Alyx - News15 | Lafayette, LA  FOX 15

Kalkaska Couple Killed in House Fire Tried to Save Pets - 9&10 News
Kalkaska Couple Killed in House Fire Tried to Save Pets  9&10 News

Valued at $125 Million, Figo is now Largest Independent US Pet Insurance Provider - Insurance News Net
Valued at $125 Million, Figo is now Largest Independent US Pet Insurance Provider  Insurance News Net

Pet sitter accused of leaving dogs to starve to death pleads guilty - 11Alive.com WXIA
Pet sitter accused of leaving dogs to starve to death pleads guilty  11Alive.com WXIA

Sprinklers Save Animals From Fire in Pet Store - NBC Chicago
Sprinklers Save Animals From Fire in Pet Store  NBC Chicago

Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet - WCTV
Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet  WCTV

Pet of the Week: Dogs - News15 | Lafayette, LA - FOX 15
Pet of the Week: Dogs - News15 | Lafayette, LA  FOX 15

Disabled veteran loses home, pet, and belongings in Merced apartment fire - KFSN-TV
Disabled veteran loses home, pet, and belongings in Merced apartment fire  KFSN-TV

Animal advocates push Cobb County to ban dog, cat sales in pet stores - 11Alive.com WXIA
Animal advocates push Cobb County to ban dog, cat sales in pet stores  11Alive.com WXIA

Pet Talk: First Aid for pets - KBTX
Pet Talk: First Aid for pets  KBTX

Claremore Man Makes Wearable Tributes To Beloved Pets - News On 6
Claremore Man Makes Wearable Tributes To Beloved Pets  News On 6

Firefighter injured, pets lost after early Saturday morning fire in Philipsburg - Centre Daily Times
Firefighter injured, pets lost after early Saturday morning fire in Philipsburg  Centre Daily Times

Miss Winkles fundraiser and pet fashion show - YourCentralValley.com
Miss Winkles fundraiser and pet fashion show  YourCentralValley.com

Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you - WHNT News 19
Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you  WHNT News 19

Two Adults and Five Pets Displaced After Single Vehicle Strikes House and Unoccupied Vehicle in Lexington Park | Southern Maryland News Net - Southern Maryland News Net
Two Adults and Five Pets Displaced After Single Vehicle Strikes House and Unoccupied Vehicle in Lexington Park | Southern Maryland News Net  Southern Maryland News Net

Nio's AI-powered digital assistant Nomi will impersonate your dead pet, among other problematic behaviors - CNET
Nio's AI-powered digital assistant Nomi will impersonate your dead pet, among other problematic behaviors  CNET

Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions  Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Pet Winter Safety  WJAC Johnstown

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