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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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More neurotic and conscientious individuals tend to feel stronger attachment to pets  PsyPost

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Insurance, pets and phones: how to get the best deal on holiday costs  The Guardian

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Opinion: We’re neglecting pets in disasters — with tragic consequences  CNN

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Lincoln rescue brings pets in need of homes to brewery  KOLN

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Cat killed, four pets rescued, and three people displaced after Flower Mound house fire  NBC DFW

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Family displaced, four pets dead in Fox Crossing house fire  Fox11online.com

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Four pets killed in Neenah house fire  WBAY

Pet Scene: Summit County’s adoptable pets for the week of July 21 - Summit Daily
Pet Scene: Summit County’s adoptable pets for the week of July 21  Summit Daily

SCRAPS experiencing 'overflow' of pets looking for homes - KXLY Spokane
SCRAPS experiencing 'overflow' of pets looking for homes  KXLY Spokane

Pets are Free Through July 31 at San Bernardino County Animal Care - Victor Valley News - VVNG
Pets are Free Through July 31 at San Bernardino County Animal Care  Victor Valley News - VVNG

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New report highlights adverse impact of plastics on pets  Jamaica Gleaner

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Who's smarter, cats or dogs? | Pet Project  CBS News

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Pets & people flock to Needle Hall stage for annual animal showcase  BG Independent News

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PETS OF THE WEEK | 14 dogs need homes  Texarkana Gazette

Amy's Ice Cream truck treats customers and pets at Tomlinson's Feed with free sweets - KEYE TV CBS Austin
Amy's Ice Cream truck treats customers and pets at Tomlinson's Feed with free sweets  KEYE TV CBS Austin

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Palm Beach County officials warn of scam targeting owners of lost pets  WPEC

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Meet Karl, a wild and bouncy cattle dog and canine acrobat who loves playing with kids  The Ledger

Olivia Kristiansen, a new leader for Pets Lifeline - Sonoma Valley Sun
Olivia Kristiansen, a new leader for Pets Lifeline  Sonoma Valley Sun

2024 Pet Fashion Show - KOSA
2024 Pet Fashion Show  KOSA

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Pets at Home Completes Strategic Share Buyback  TipRanks

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When is pet insurance worth it?  The Week

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Pet care: Dog's tail chewing is not from boredom  Albuquerque Journal

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The 8 best air purifiers for pet owners  National Geographic

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The 33+ best pet deals for Amazon Prime Day 2024  NBC News

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'The View' is helping to find forever homes for these adoptable pets  ABC News

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A New Rainbow Bridge Pet Remembrance Path Open to the Public at Hounds Town in Rockledge  Florida Today

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Pet of the Week: Watson  The Bristol Press

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Heat Stroke: Protecting Your Pets in the Searing Dubrovnik Summer  The Dubrovnik Times

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Loving Their Pets to Debt  The New York Times

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With abandoned pets on the rise, CT animal shelters and rescuers struggle to keep up: 'It's harrowing'  CT Insider

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2024 Pet Fashion Show  KOSA

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'We've reached a fever pitch' — Animal Services offering free pet adoptions in July as county shelter approaches capacity  danvillesanramon.com

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PET OF THE WEEK: Tru  Odessa American

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Kato Living - Loving Exotic Pets with One Love Tarantulas  KEYC

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Arden Courts Hosted Pet Adoption Extravaganza  Parsippany Focus

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Dogfest brings adoptable pets to Wild State Cider Saturday  Northern News Now

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This Chewy List Will Help You Discover Your Pet’s New Fave Toy, So Don’t Skip It  BuzzFeed

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Lab-Grown Meat for Pets Was Just Approved in the UK  WIRED

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2 pets die in Bismarck apartment fire  Bismarck Tribune

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Pets, cyclists join diabetes awareness event in downtown Lena  WIFR

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Roblox: Battle Pets TD Codes (July 2024)  GameRant

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Animal commuication breakthrough: How AI could help us decode what our pets are saying  Genetic Literacy Project

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Ask the Vet: Summer Pet Safety Tips  LEX 18 News - Lexington, KY

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Truckee-Tahoe – Pet of the Week: Elvis  Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Resident, neighbor and firefighter injured, pet killed in Escondido house fire  FOX 5 San Diego

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As temperatures soar, pets can experience heat stroke too. Here’s what you should know.  Boston.com

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Hey Pandas, Share A Pic Of Your Pet Doing Something Normal Pets Don’t Do  Bored Panda

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Are We Loving Our Pets to Death?  The New York Times

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Three pets killed in Neenah house fire  WBAY

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EU pet food industry: Steady growth despite rising inflation  All About Feed

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Pets of the Week: July 21, 2024  Marshall News Messenger

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Domestic violence shelter expands to make room for pets  MPR News

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Exercise Tiger Foundation Gives Free Life Jackets to Veterans and Pets  KOMU 8

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‘Help is needed’: Hundreds of pets continue to flow into KC area shelters  KCTV 5

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Adopt-a-Pet July 22  Chadds Ford Live

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Pets with Potential: Meet Reese, Tinkerbell and Oliver  WCAX

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Pets, cyclists join diabetes awareness event in downtown Lena  WIFR

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Reader callout: For the love of pets  Shawnee News-Star

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Pets of the Week: Meet Guacamole and Namora  Brainerd Dispatch

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Anatolian Shepherd's Epic Zoomies Are an Immediate Mood Booster  Parade Pets

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Young-Williams announces new program to help lost pets get home  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Adult and pet displaced after Winston-Salem water main break, firefighters say  WFMYNews2.com

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Pet Spot: Siberian husky Yoko likes to howl  Leader Publications

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Multiple pets missing following house fire on in south Huntsville  WAFF

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Pampered Tail plans to please pets of Martins Ferry  Martins Ferry Times Leader

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Pet Prattle: The dog days of summer  Press Herald

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His Wedding Has A No-Pets Policy, But His Sister-In-Law Is Still Making Him Feel Bad For Not Letting Her Bring Her Dog  Chip Chick

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Harris County animal shelter is operating at double capacity. Here's how to help  Houston Chronicle

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Paws and Purrs: Keeping Your Pets Cool and Healthy in Hot Weather  Greenwich Sentinel

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Two pet video festivals to choose from in the Twin Cities this August  Bring Me The News

Britain Approves Lab-Grown Meat for Pet Food - The New York Times
Britain Approves Lab-Grown Meat for Pet Food  The New York Times

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Remembering our pets during the “Dog Days” of summer  thewashingtondailynews.com

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These Pets at OC Animal Care Are Looking for a Home  Voice of OC

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Missing pet tegu mistaken for alligator in Snohomish County  Big Country News

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Pets Of The Week: Meet King And Xena  Los Alamos Daily Post

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Last Chance to Score 50% off the Viral Furbo Pet Camera for Amazon Prime Day  Good Housekeeping

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Pool "Pawty" for area pets at El Paso Animal Services  KVIA

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Airline decision narrows options for US military families with dogs moving home from Europe  Stars and Stripes

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Pets of the Week: Parker and Izzy  Tyler Morning Telegraph

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Three pets killed in Neenah house fire  WBAY

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Scam Targets Owners Looking for Missing Pets  KIRO Seattle

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Don’t ~Sit~ On These 41 Prime Day Pet Deals, Because They Won’t Be Around Much Longer  BuzzFeed

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SNIP WV offers affordable surgeries to pets in need around (West Virginia)  WV News

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Pets located after missing following house fire on Louis Dr. in Huntsville  WAFF

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The 11 Best Prime Day Pet Deals on Dog Beds, Cat Water Fountains, and More  WIRED

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War in Ukraine Takes a Toll on Pets  WUGA

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Meet Carter and Abby, this week’s CVAS pets of the week  Franklin County Free Press

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Is it safe to walk your dog during California heat wave? How hot weather can harm pets  Sacramento Bee

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Pets of the Week  Index-Journal

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3 dog deaths investigated at Potomac Yard PetSmart  NBC Washington

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Multiple pets missing following house fire on Louis Dr. in Huntsville  WAFF

Adopt A Pet: Meet a Chihuahua named Roman - WPLG Local 10
Adopt A Pet: Meet a Chihuahua named Roman  WPLG Local 10

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination & Microchip clinic in Talent - KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination & Microchip clinic in Talent  KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

The UK will start feeding lab-grown meat to pets this year - The Verge
The UK will start feeding lab-grown meat to pets this year  The Verge

Are pets allowed in Vermont's state parks? It depends. - Burlington Free Press
Are pets allowed in Vermont's state parks? It depends.  Burlington Free Press

Opinion | Caring for Pet Companions - The New York Times
Opinion | Caring for Pet Companions  The New York Times

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CMTFAIR 2024: Pocket Pets and Cat Show  Lewistown News-Argus

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Humane Society Pets of the Week – Sunday, July 21, 2024  Polk.Today

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These ultra-zoomed photos of the parasites that live in pets look like something out of a horror movie  BGR

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5 Ways Plastic is Sneaking Into Your Pet’s Life  Earth Day

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The Best Pet Insurance Companies in Virginia of 2024  MarketWatch

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