Barking is the only language for dogs, and through using the lever, the pets express their emotions. Dog’s barking is natural in many situations as it is like a talk between humans. We sometimes dislike a person who is talkative, who speaks too much and takes our patience, time and nerves. It might be the same for dogs when it comes to excessive barking.
One of the reasons behind the excessive barking can be a medical issue, and if you mention your dog barks too much at other dogs, people or subjects, you should take him to the vet to exclude the medical background of the behavior.
If your dog is healthy, the reasons why he barks at other dogs may be:
- Reacting to other dog’s barking
It is interesting that the cause of barking may be different each time. For instance, a dog may bark when he sees someone “exciting” to him, a beautiful female dog or a best friend, and other time he may do the same to a dog which aggressively walks towards him. It is impossible to say for sure why a dog barks, as he cannot tell us an exact reason. The only way is to observe situations and make conclusions to find possible outcomes or look for a professional for help.
The rule which is essential to use to correct your dog is to ignore the behaviors you dislike and reward the ones you like.
Do not shout “No” to your dog when he barks at other dogs as he may take the word as “barking” from your side.
What to Do, When Your Dog Barks at Other Dogs?
If you are a dog owner and if your dog barks excessively at other dogs you have at least three options to address the problem-prevention, correcting the habit and hiring a professional trainer for help.
Prevention means that you avoid the places and situations where your dog may come across with other dogs in the distance triggering aggression in him, or using the fences or other objects a dog not to have access to the areas with other dogs.
Remember that a tired dog is the best dog ever, and if you train, walk and exercise him daily, the pet will have low energy or no energy at all to spare in barking at other dogs.
You can also give a treat to your dog if you mention another dog nearby, to make your dog focused on the gift rather than the “coming threat.” You can also immediately change your route if you spot other dog took the same path.
Correcting the behavior includes “assuring” a dog that meets with another dog is not a problem at all. Dog trainers advise using treats in the situations when a dog sees another dog he may bark.
If a dog notices another dog but does not bark or show other action, give him a scrumptious treat, not a full treat at once. You need to feed the dog with small treats the entire time he sees another dog but does not react. Using the treat in that case, is not only a continuous reward; it is also a measure to keep a dog occupied. As time passes, you should decrease the bites handed out during the training sessions and replace the treats with petting or praise.
Using a verbal cue when giving a treat to a dog, during the presence of another dog, is a good decision. You should say the cue like “Look,” Focus” before you give the treat to a dog. Such conduct will enable your dog to associate hearing the signal to the treat, which finally leads to positive and not negative reactions to other dogs. Remember that family members should repeat the same when they walk your dog.
Such sessions should not be longer than 5-10 seconds on a daily basis and they should be full of positive connotations, like praising, rewarding, petting, etc.
If you want to prevent or avoid excessive barking teach “Speak” and “Quiet” commands to your dog. Say Speak and then do something which can cause a bark, like a knock on the door. When he barks a few times, take a treat to his nose and reward him when he stops barking to sniff the gift. After the pet permanently barks when you tell him “Speak” give him a “Quiet” command. Hold another treat at his nose and reward the dog when he stops barking. Try to teach the Quiet command in the area without distractions and then practice the command in an area where a dog sees or hears other dogs.