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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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Have you remembered your pets in your will? - Red Bluff Daily News
Have you remembered your pets in your will?  Red Bluff Daily News

Bean And Butch Are Bridgewaters Pets Of The Week - Patch.com
Bean And Butch Are Bridgewaters Pets Of The Week  Patch.com

Nali, Jenny and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Nali, Jenny and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

Caramel And Jennifer Are Hillsboroughs Pets Of The Week - Patch.com
Caramel And Jennifer Are Hillsboroughs Pets Of The Week  Patch.com

Aspen and Chico: Rescue Pets of the Week - SC Times
Aspen and Chico: Rescue Pets of the Week  SC Times

Pet project: Even more Monterey County pets. - Monterey County Weekly
Pet project: Even more Monterey County pets.  Monterey County Weekly

Pets with Potential: Meet Una - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Una  WCAX

Pet Talk | Essential footwear | Pets | news-gazette.com - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Pet Talk | Essential footwear | Pets | news-gazette.com  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

How to help your pet age in place - Marin Independent Journal
How to help your pet age in place  Marin Independent Journal

Pets of the Week: March 4, 2021 - WSIL TV - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: March 4, 2021 - WSIL TV  WSIL TV

Is This 2000-Year-Old Egyptian Burial Site the World's Oldest Pet Cemetery? - Smithsonian Magazine
Is This 2000-Year-Old Egyptian Burial Site the World's Oldest Pet Cemetery?  Smithsonian Magazine

Livonia considers ordinance intended to keep pets out of extreme cold weather - Hometown Life
Livonia considers ordinance intended to keep pets out of extreme cold weather  Hometown Life

Burlington students support Salvation Army, Blessed Pets - KFYR
Burlington students support Salvation Army, Blessed Pets  KFYR

Adopt One of These Loving Senior Pets on Long Island - Long Island Press
Adopt One of These Loving Senior Pets on Long Island  Long Island Press

Second Chance Pets: Pixie and Rascals - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Pixie and Rascals  KOIN.com

Good Day Pets – Meet Chubs! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Chubs!  KCAU 9

The nation’s largest goat milk plant is in Turlock. Now it has products for pets - Modesto Bee
The nation’s largest goat milk plant is in Turlock. Now it has products for pets  Modesto Bee

You Can Help Pets In Need And Win Prizes During ALIVE's Comedy And Music Event Saturday - Block Club Chicago
You Can Help Pets In Need And Win Prizes During ALIVE's Comedy And Music Event Saturday  Block Club Chicago

Pets of Prince William: Meet Betty from Manassas - Prince William Living
Pets of Prince William: Meet Betty from Manassas  Prince William Living

Will Cuban tree frogs kill your pets? - WJXT News4JAX
Will Cuban tree frogs kill your pets?  WJXT News4JAX

Pets of the Week: Rideshare - Bentley, Dozer are hoping to hitch a ride home with you - Burlington County Times
Pets of the Week: Rideshare - Bentley, Dozer are hoping to hitch a ride home with you  Burlington County Times

Spring is almost here! Share the warmer weather with these adoptable pets: March 6-7 - SILive.com
Spring is almost here! Share the warmer weather with these adoptable pets: March 6-7  SILive.com

Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Simone - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Simone  WATE 6 On Your Side

Investigation links pet sickness, death to flea and tick collar with Shawnee connection - WDAF FOX4 Kansas City
Investigation links pet sickness, death to flea and tick collar with Shawnee connection  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

Mars Petcare names Singh new regional president for pet nutrition - williamsonherald.com
Mars Petcare names Singh new regional president for pet nutrition  williamsonherald.com

For Pet's Sake: Pet Vaccines - Fox Baltimore
For Pet's Sake: Pet Vaccines  Fox Baltimore

Spring dangers to pet health, how to keep your furry friends safe - ABC 4
Spring dangers to pet health, how to keep your furry friends safe  ABC 4

Havahart Pets, Kind Dentistry under new ownership - Racine County Eye
Havahart Pets, Kind Dentistry under new ownership  Racine County Eye

Fixing pothole damage helps SPCA pets - WCPO
Fixing pothole damage helps SPCA pets  WCPO

Pet Food Research Roundup: Addressing DCM, Non-Conventional Diets, and Common Health Concerns - Food Industry Executive
Pet Food Research Roundup: Addressing DCM, Non-Conventional Diets, and Common Health Concerns  Food Industry Executive

Dog Food Startup KetoNatural Pet Foods Raises $2M in Seed Financing Transaction - Yahoo Finance
Dog Food Startup KetoNatural Pet Foods Raises $2M in Seed Financing Transaction  Yahoo Finance

Pets Will Now Be Welcome on Amtrak's Weekday Acela Trains - Travel + Leisure
Pets Will Now Be Welcome on Amtrak's Weekday Acela Trains  Travel + Leisure

Paw-sitive News: Louisville Metro Animal Services Waives Redemption Fees for Stray Pets - Spectrum News 1
Paw-sitive News: Louisville Metro Animal Services Waives Redemption Fees for Stray Pets  Spectrum News 1

Horse farm in Scottsdale will soon be "dog hotel" for pets belonging to homeless - AZFamily
Horse farm in Scottsdale will soon be "dog hotel" for pets belonging to homeless  AZFamily

Meet the Delta Animal Shelter Pets of the Month: Cappuccino, Dodge, & Kenda - WJMN - UPMatters.com
Meet the Delta Animal Shelter Pets of the Month: Cappuccino, Dodge, & Kenda  WJMN - UPMatters.com

22 Truly Low-Maintenance Pets Because a Dog Is Out of the Question - PureWow
22 Truly Low-Maintenance Pets Because a Dog Is Out of the Question  PureWow

Latina breaking ground from fighting for civil rights to protecting Arizona's pets - ABC15 Arizona
Latina breaking ground from fighting for civil rights to protecting Arizona's pets  ABC15 Arizona

Pets of the week: Tom is a unique fella. Lady is just stunning - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Tom is a unique fella. Lady is just stunning  MLive.com

Many exotic pets suffer or die in transit, and beyond—and the U.S. government is failing to act - National Geographic
Many exotic pets suffer or die in transit, and beyond—and the U.S. government is failing to act  National Geographic

Pet owners concerned after claims of 1,700 pet deaths linked to popular flea collar - MyFoxZone.com KIDY
Pet owners concerned after claims of 1,700 pet deaths linked to popular flea collar  MyFoxZone.com KIDY

Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter to cover pet adoptions for veterans - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter to cover pet adoptions for veterans - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

Amtrak goes all in on dogs (and pet fares add up) - WTOP
Amtrak goes all in on dogs (and pet fares add up)  WTOP

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

If you have this pet food, don’t even touch it - BGR
If you have this pet food, don’t even touch it  BGR

Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Bam Bam - KBTX
Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Bam Bam  KBTX

Pet of the Week: Meet Big John! - WKOW
Pet of the Week: Meet Big John!  WKOW

Pet of the Week: Isabella - newschannel20.com
Pet of the Week: Isabella  newschannel20.com

Bravo Packing, Inc. Recalls All Performance Dog and Ground Beef Raw Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk to Humans and Animals - FDA.gov
Bravo Packing, Inc. Recalls All Performance Dog and Ground Beef Raw Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk to Humans and Animals  FDA.gov

Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning. - USA TODAY
Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.  USA TODAY

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

Seresto allegedly linked to nearly 1700 pet deaths, EPA monitoring situation - DVM 360
Seresto allegedly linked to nearly 1700 pet deaths, EPA monitoring situation  DVM 360

Pandemic pet adoption bolsters confidence in dog training industry - KPAX-TV
Pandemic pet adoption bolsters confidence in dog training industry  KPAX-TV

March Is National Pet Poison Prevention Month | Living | greenevillesun.com - Greeneville Sun
March Is National Pet Poison Prevention Month | Living | greenevillesun.com  Greeneville Sun

Common Flea Collar Linked to Nearly 1,700 Pet Deaths and 1,000 Human Illnesses: Report - PEOPLE
Common Flea Collar Linked to Nearly 1,700 Pet Deaths and 1,000 Human Illnesses: Report  PEOPLE

'Such a joy': new program uses virtual pet visits to combat isolation among DC seniors - WJLA
'Such a joy': new program uses virtual pet visits to combat isolation among DC seniors  WJLA

Pet Boarding Business Relocates to Waldoboro - The Lincoln County News
Pet Boarding Business Relocates to Waldoboro  The Lincoln County News

LifeCare Alliance’s Senior PetCare program delivers pet food to those in need - The Columbus Dispatch
LifeCare Alliance’s Senior PetCare program delivers pet food to those in need  The Columbus Dispatch

Martha Stewart says CBD for pets will be a $10B industry in 2 years - Fox Business
Martha Stewart says CBD for pets will be a $10B industry in 2 years  Fox Business

911 Dispatcher’s Paintings Of Pets Becomes Popular Small Business - CBS Boston
911 Dispatcher’s Paintings Of Pets Becomes Popular Small Business  CBS Boston

No Man’s Sky’s new pets are already causing chaos - Polygon
No Man’s Sky’s new pets are already causing chaos  Polygon

Unusual pets: A pair of goats living it up in Boise - KTVB.com
Unusual pets: A pair of goats living it up in Boise  KTVB.com

5 situations in which pets can be used for tax breaks - KSAT San Antonio
5 situations in which pets can be used for tax breaks  KSAT San Antonio

Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out - National Geographic
Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out  National Geographic

Report: Popular flea collar linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths - Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Report: Popular flea collar linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

Law firm's fan account for presidential pets is 'out of the Twitter doghouse' - ABA Journal
Law firm's fan account for presidential pets is 'out of the Twitter doghouse'  ABA Journal

Latest Scotty's Pet Of The Week - Nina 2 hours ago - Talk Radio 1210 WPHT
Latest Scotty's Pet Of The Week - Nina 2 hours ago  Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets - Quad-Cities Online
Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets  Quad-Cities Online

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lilly - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lilly - 47abc  WMDT

Protecting Your Pets From The Cold - WZZM13.com
Protecting Your Pets From The Cold  WZZM13.com

Cat food donations needed to feed local pets - newschannel20.com
Cat food donations needed to feed local pets  newschannel20.com

The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe) - The New York Times
The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)  The New York Times

Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat  KOIN.com

Latest PETA implores people to stop calling their animals 'pets' as it's derogatory - CBS Sports Radio 910
Latest PETA implores people to stop calling their animals 'pets' as it's derogatory  CBS Sports Radio 910

Prestige Pet Peacocking Enters a New Phase. Is Your Dog Ready for Its Close-Up? - TownandCountrymag.com
Prestige Pet Peacocking Enters a New Phase. Is Your Dog Ready for Its Close-Up?  TownandCountrymag.com

10 Trendy Houseplants That are Safe for Pets, According to Experts - BobVila.com
10 Trendy Houseplants That are Safe for Pets, According to Experts  BobVila.com

This Pet Food Is Subject to a Recall and Could Make Humans Sick, Too - Best Life
This Pet Food Is Subject to a Recall and Could Make Humans Sick, Too  Best Life

With loved ones and pets, Globes winners embrace cozier show - Associated Press
With loved ones and pets, Globes winners embrace cozier show  Associated Press

The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact - Washington Post - The Washington Post
The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact - Washington Post  The Washington Post

Poshmark enters into the pet category - Retail Dive
Poshmark enters into the pet category  Retail Dive

Pet store Petagogy grows customer base, plans move to downtown Greensburg - TribLIVE
Pet store Petagogy grows customer base, plans move to downtown Greensburg  TribLIVE

7 in 10 pet owners say they wouldn't have 'survived' 2020 without their animal companion - Fox News
7 in 10 pet owners say they wouldn't have 'survived' 2020 without their animal companion  Fox News

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 28 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 28  Summit Daily News

Keeping pets and other animals safe and warm this winter season - WVLT
Keeping pets and other animals safe and warm this winter season  WVLT

Destructive Aquatic Species Found in Nebr., Wyo. Pet Stores - kneb.com
Destructive Aquatic Species Found in Nebr., Wyo. Pet Stores  kneb.com

Pet shops left behind as Amazon, Chewy reap benefits from adoption surge - Fox Business
Pet shops left behind as Amazon, Chewy reap benefits from adoption surge  Fox Business

The pet whisperer of Fukushima - Yahoo News
The pet whisperer of Fukushima  Yahoo News

House passes bill on sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores - coloradopolitics.com
House passes bill on sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores  coloradopolitics.com

Betty White ‘Pet Set’ series re-released on DVD, streaming platforms - Chicago Sun-Times
Betty White ‘Pet Set’ series re-released on DVD, streaming platforms  Chicago Sun-Times

Online pet retail giant Chewy plans to hire several hundred at new Seattle-area office - GeekWire
Online pet retail giant Chewy plans to hire several hundred at new Seattle-area office  GeekWire

Gilbert pet owner looking for shooter after cat was found paralyzed, later euthanized - AZFamily
Gilbert pet owner looking for shooter after cat was found paralyzed, later euthanized  AZFamily

'Jerk cat' made famous by brutally honest Akron pet rescue social media post finds a home - WKYC.com
'Jerk cat' made famous by brutally honest Akron pet rescue social media post finds a home  WKYC.com

100 Animals Dead After Fire Erupts Inside Indianapolis Pet Store - PEOPLE
100 Animals Dead After Fire Erupts Inside Indianapolis Pet Store  PEOPLE

Pet owner livid after dog is left unrecognizable by groomer: 'You get what you pay for' - Yahoo News
Pet owner livid after dog is left unrecognizable by groomer: 'You get what you pay for'  Yahoo News

Pamper your pet with these purr-fect presents - KSAT San Antonio
Pamper your pet with these purr-fect presents  KSAT San Antonio

Opinion | Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project? - The New York Times
Opinion | Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?  The New York Times

Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Help us celebrate by sharing a photo - KXLY Spokane
Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Help us celebrate by sharing a photo  KXLY Spokane

Shop the most popular picks for your pet from Chewy - GMA
Shop the most popular picks for your pet from Chewy  GMA

Fire damages Huntington home, claims pet's life - WSAZ
Fire damages Huntington home, claims pet's life  WSAZ

Woman steals tortoise from pet store, Elyria police say - Cleveland 19 News
Woman steals tortoise from pet store, Elyria police say  Cleveland 19 News

'Working from home has made my pet allergies worse': 8 things you can do right now - Yahoo Lifestyle
'Working from home has made my pet allergies worse': 8 things you can do right now  Yahoo Lifestyle

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