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  • Writer's pictureKate Atkins

How to stop your dog barking

A dog constantly barking at the smallest thing can really push your buttons and feel very frustrating... Have you ever wonder why they bark so much?

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It's their way of communicating, letting us know when they perceive a potential threat and is very natural, they are doing their job. However, what happens when the barking seems excessive or triggered by the smallest things?

Understanding your dog's behavior is key to fostering a harmonious relationship. It all comes down to trust and confidence. When your dog trusts you to make the big decisions, they bark as a warning and then look to you to make a decision on how to proceed.

However, if they feel they're the ones responsible for making the big decisions, they will take it upon themselves to handle perceived dangers, leading to incessant barking. In their minds, they're just doing their best to protect you. That's why yelling at them to stop often backfires, as they interpret it as either joining in or sensing your distress (not at their baking but the danger) and feeling compelled to do more.

Building trust and confidence starts with effective communication. While I can't cover the whole approach I teach people in one blog, here's a simple strategy to try next time your dog starts barking - its called Thank, Look, Reflect

  1. First and most importantly - Stay calm and be consistent.

  2. Thank - Acknowledge their barking with a simple "thank you" from wherever you are, without making eye contact or speaking directly to them.

  3. Look If the barking persists, investigate the source calmly and then walk away, guiding them if necessary.

  4. Reflect - If they continue despite you looking, gently remove them from the situation into a room on their own until they calm down and relax. again this step needs to be without eye contact or talking to them.

Remember, this is just one piece of the puzzle. Effective communication with your dog involves a holistic approach that spans all aspects of your interaction.

If you'd like to delve deeper into this topic, check out my latest reel where I discuss barking with our furry companions.

Let's work together to strengthen the bond between you and your dog, one bark at a time!

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