Do you love your Morkie to bits – until he’s barking like a maniac? What if you knew how to stop dog barking? Once you know WHY he’s barking, you’ll see HOW to stop it.
Dogs bark. It’s what they do. But excessive barking can be a real problem. It can cause problems with the neighbours, not to mention get on YOUR nerves. Crazy barking all the time isn’t OK – it means your dog is stressed out, and so are you. Here are some solutions to stop dog barking when it’s over the top.
“Dog barking turns into a problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.”
4 main reasons why dogs bark too much
When you figure out WHY your Morkie is barking too much, you can figure out HOW to resolve it. The main reasons dogs bark too much are:
- Territorial barking – distract your Morkie to stop this
- Nervousness – address whatever’s making your Morkie anxious. Could it be Separation Anxiety?
- Fearful response – work to build your Morkie’s trust. If he’s nervous of something else, remove him from the situation.
- The dog is bored – exercise, exercise, exercise. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.
Dog barking is a problem when the barking becomes loud, unwanted, inappropriate or excessive.
Try a time out
When your Morkie is really wound up and barking incessantly, speak in a calm, quiet and controlled way, telling him to sit and stop.
Put your hand gently but firmly on his back. Get his attention in a calm and quiet way and assure him he’s a good dog.
Still not working?
It’s time for the old favourite we use on the kids: a time out.
Firmly lift your Morkie and place him in another room, away from your attention.
Again, don’t give eye contact and now, stop talking to him.
Breeds that bark the most
These dogs bark a LOT!
West Highland White Terrier
Also high on the list –
Right: according to Pethelpful.com, small dogs kept in groups tend to bark more.
Breeds that bark the least
Basenji and Shiba Inu dogs don’t really bark; instead they are yodelling and other unusual sounds, not common to most dog breeds. More quiet breeds –
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
These huge dogs could bark, but seem to rely on their size instead, to get their message across:
Bernese Mountain Dog
What NOT to do when your Morkie is barking too much
Don’t shout. To your dog this means that you’re barking too. He’ll only bark MORE.
Don’t ignore single, high-pitched barks. They can indicate your dog is in pain.
Do practice positive reinforcement. When your Morkie is NOT barking, praise him and show love. When he’s barking, immediately walk away, and avoid eye contact.
Sounds strange, but teach him TO bark or “speak”. Then you can teach him to STOP.
In 101 Dalmatians, the dogs explain the Twilight Bark
The Twilight Bark
Many people must have noticed how dogs like to bark in the early evening. Indeed, twilight has sometimes been called “Dogs’ Barking Time.” Busy town dogs bark less than country dogs, but all dogs know all about the Twilight Barking. It is their way of keeping in touch with distant friends, passing on important news, enjoying a good gossip.— Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians