Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
An occasional bark from a dog can be a bit annoying in itself, but a dog that is constantly barking can bring on a whole new level of annoyance, especially when all you want is the dog to stop barking.
According to the dog health care expert and self proclaimed Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, continuous, excessive barking is your dog’s manner of sending you a distress signal and occurs if the dog’s needs are not being met.
Excessive barking often stems from boredom. When dogs aren’t stimulated daily, both mentally and physically, they can become mentally frustrated. A dog will communicate this frustration with barking. Being in control of your dog will stop his barking.
Some dog health care advice Cesar Milan offers to stop a dog from barking, is to use a physical correction or a sound correction. Once the dog stops barking, you need to make sure the dog is still not caught up in the moment before you step away. If the dog’s brain is still on alert he will begin barking as soon as you are not around him.
Remain calm when correcting the dog. Excessive barking will make you frustrated and will cause you to want to yell at your dog to stop barking. Dogs pick up on the energy of their owner. If you are agitated, the dog will pick up on it and will not calm down. A calm energy will help the dog become calm and stop barking.
Getting your dog out of the habit of barking will take time on your part to make sure his needs are being met. If you have exhausted all of your options, and you still have excessive barking, consult a behaviorist to help with the issue.