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Excessive Barking (Part 7): How To Trick Your Dog Into Being Quiet (Alternative Methods)
When beginning your anti-bark campaign, it must be remembered that dogs learn by associating their actions with either pleasing or displeasing results. It takes approximately one week for the average dog to learn an average thing.
The solution to the problem when creating the trick your dog into thinking you are home plan with so much realism that your pet actually believes you have left the area.
Dogs are like children. For example, a classroom full of a 8-old kids would most likely be on their absolute best behavior if they knew for a fact that their teacher was just outside the door in the hallway. Think back, don't you remember breaking loose and goofing off with the rest of the children in your classroom when you knew the teacher went into another classroom down the hall? Yes, your dog has the same type of mentality.
Other Methods Of Being There While Not Actually Being There
I have known some dog owners that recorded their voice into a tape recorder. Periodically, the recording on the tape would say loudly STOP or KNOCK IT OFF. Of course the timing of these shouting commands could be way off and this is certainly not a recommended procedure, with the reasons being quite obvious.
Your dog may not be doing anything wrong when he hears these commands on tape. He may be asleep or actually just hanging around, being a good dog. Although this may work if your dog is known for constant bad behavior, he could eventually learn to ignore these commands altogether and when you are at home, he will still consider your commands to be meaningless, like a game, just like the tape recording game you dog has gotten used to.
Thinking Outside The Box
One dog owner was never really successful in being able to sneak back into the house without being seen or heard from his dog. So finally, one sunny morning, the owner had called a friend who lived about a half mile away. On the telephone he said, I'm coming over but please do not hang up the phone, I'll explain in just a minute. The owner did not hang up his phone either, instead he placed the receiver on top of the window sill.
He went to the back yard, gave his dog a loving pat on the head, and said I'll be back later buddy. He then got in his car and drove over to his friends house. He then picked up his friend's phone and sat listening for almost 30 minutes before the dog was finally convinced that he was gone.
Soon after, guess what happened he started barking excessively! The owner then rushed in his car and drove home in less than a minute. He stormed into the backyard and immediately surprised his dog with loud shouting commands and a squirt gun. After about four of these surprise visits, his dog finally got the message and the barking had stopped.
BONUS : Excessive Barking (Part 8): Can Using A Bark Collar Work At Quieting Your Dog?
Training your dog to stop barking excessively, whether in or out of your absence, is a fairly simple process. With a little creativity, a squirt gun, and approximately 7 days of devotion, you can have your dog quiet in no time, giving both you and your neighbors a break from all of the noise.
Most dog owners who have followed the simple step-by-step dog training procedures discussed in our articles on ridding excessive barking have done just fine. Other owners, however, I've requested the advice on dog bark collars.
Do Bark Collars Work?
Bark collars are designed to emit an electrical shock each time a dog barks. Such callers do not actually train, they punish! A prime example of the torture that a dog must go through when wearing such a tormenting device can best be described as follows:
There was once a Chihuahua named Chu Chu that lived in an apartment complex of which the rules stated that no dogs were allowed. In order to keep this Chihuahua quiet, its owner affixed a bark collar around Chu Chu's Neck.
One evening, Chu Chu was curled up next to the fireplace, cozy, warm, and sleeping as sound as a baby, when suddenly the telephone rang and the vibration of the buzzing sound activated the bark collar. A sudden electrical shock traveled right into the dog's throat. Before that moment, Chu Chu had never been much of a barking dog, however, the surprise feeling of the voltage caused him to go into a panic.
The dog's screams continued to activate the bark collar as he ran from room to room in a scared frenzy. He literally rammed into wall after wall in his frantic attempts to escape this strange monster that was attacking his throat. He finally plunged himself through a glass window and unfortunately, Chu Chu's owner had them living on the top floor of the apartment complex, causing the little guy to plunge to his death.
If You Truly Love Your Dog, Train Him, Don't Punish Him
Forget about bark collars or any other dog training devices that inflict pain and surprise on your pet. Instead, simply set aside 4 to 5 days of your time to properly instruct your dog with good manners. Think of your pet is your child and give him the best attention you have to offer.
By using proper barking prevention techniques, you will teach your dog to stop barking for no apparent reason, while at the same time maintaining his protective prowess. He will still bark to let you know that an intruder is on your property, but he will not bark for the sheer joy of hearing his own noise.
After about five days of proper schooling, he will respond to your verbal commands, know when to bark, and of course, know when to keep quiet, all without having to resort to shocking and painful bark collars.