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How do I teach my dog not to bark excessively?

Asked a year ago

My dog barks and barks for any noise that she hears from outside - but when we are on walks she is very quite and afraid. Why could this be? How can I help her stop?

Adela Salas

Friday, March 31, 2023

The trick to reducing barking is to understand why your dog is barking in the first place. It sounds like outside noises frighten your dog. I would advise making simple changes to your pup's environment so she no longer feels she has to bark. For example, cover the window if she barks at passers-by or other animals through a window to block her view. If just noises scare her, try leaving the television or radio on. If you know something will make her bark, distract her with a toy or treat. Finally, consistently reward her when she is quiet and calm.

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