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A dog's incessant barking is an irritation to their owners and their neighbors. This guide is about training a dog to stop barking.

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April 6, 2011 Flag
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I have a Welsh Corgi mix that barks at everything! When we first got her at 4 months she was very quiet, now she won't stop. It is getting to the point that my husband has told me give her away or take her to the pound. Does any body have any suggestions how to stop it? I have tried numerous things; one more won't hurt. She is very sweet and fun. I hate to give her away.

By Alicia from Johnson city, TN

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September 28, 20150 found this helpful

WoW! The device from really works.

I was shocked when my neighbors dog stopped barking as soon as I used it. I can say it worked within one hour.

Thanks Gilbert for the advice. I was going crazy with my neighbors dogs. THANK YOU!!

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May 21, 2009 Flag
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We have had a puppy for less than 48 hours and we can't get her to stop barking when left alone. Her crate is in the front room and when she is left she just barks the house down. We need help as were unable to sleep due to her barking. She was abandoned and found by the RSPCA and now we have her. She is 11 weeks old. Please help.

By JAMES00HEART from Christchurch, New Zealand

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May 27, 20090 found this helpful

I work in rescue and often have new dogs at my house. All of those suggestions above may work. It depends on the dog. Toys, covered crates, and clocks are worth a try; however, do not give up and put them in your bedroom unless you want them there forever. Dogs are smart they know what works for them. If barking or whining wins them your bedroom they will always bark and whine. This is what I do. I have a growly "naa" that is better than a no. It's like talking dog. When they bark in their crates, I walk in and growl a "naa" and leave again. If that does not work I come back and growl again and spray them with a water bottle in the face.It does not hurt them. It just startles them. See barking brings an unpleasant result and they do stop eventually. Just be consistent. Training dogs is just consistency. Just remember they are dogs not people. They don't really think like us.

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May 13, 2010 Flag
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I am a mad 'critter' lover of all types, but have always had a problem with some methods of disciplining pets that I have read. I often consider them cruel. About the best, and most friendly (if that is the right term), is a simple spray bottle with plain old water and perhaps a drop of citrus oil.

My four dogs love playing in water, 'biting' water from the garden hose, and don't even mind a bath, but they "hate" getting squirted! Go figure. We have a busy home business and sometimes the dogs get a bit carried away when clients arrive, so a quick shake of the bottle, a stern "No barking!" and if necessary a quick squirt, and voila.

Now I only have to shake the spray bottle and all is quiet, butter wouldn't melt in their mouths! It even works well on my cockatoo! So results with absolutely no physical or mental harm done and no harm to the environment.

By vicki57 from Australia

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September 1, 2014 Flag
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My neighbors didn't want their dog. Their dog always came to my house and played with my dog for hours and sometimes just spent the night. Finally, one day after playing all day, he wanted to go back home, only to return to my home and would not leave. I let the dog spend the night (the owners knew he was at my house), the next morning I walked the dog back to his home, but the owners said they didn't want the dog and it would be better for me to have him. They said he seemed happier at my home and gave me his bed and said good bye to him.

Now, I have this beautiful, white, long legged, skinny Chihuahua. Only problem is he will not stop barking. If I'm not home, or if he feels unsecure. I take them (him and my dog) out for walks. Yesterday, I took him to Dunn Lumber in my truck for a one on one time. He is great when he is around me and I'm home as I can talk to him and he loves being around me. I have a room rented out and when the occupant is home and I'm not, the new dog barks non stop and the neighbors come over and complain. If I'm not home obviously I can't ask him to be quiet and district his attention.

Does anyone out there have any good remedy to my new friend's barking issue, please. My old dog is use to the occupant and only barks the hello bark.

Help, as I don't want the neighbors to have their anger turn into vengeance. I am a good caring neighbor and want to keep the peace all around. Life is way to short.

By Sharda B.

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

Use an e-collar. It isn't inhumane like some people think because it doesn't really shock the dog. It only sends a vibration no stronger than your cell phone vibration.

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January 30, 2013 Flag
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The best way to teach a dog not to bark is to teach it to bark, and then reward it for barking. I have my Bruno, who is a Rottie mix who lives in the house, has just recently seemed to learn that I like him to mouth the word "Mama" and he gets lots of attention. It is really cute, and endearing to see them say words rather than bark.

Here is one of my favorite videos, and I hope you will enjoy it. It all has to be fun or it is not worth it for you or your dog. I don't use a clicker, but just when we are spending time together, I will say "Mama" with a questioning voice, and when the dog tries to say it, I just act all happy and praise him.

Remember, if you do not always have treats somewhere (hot dogs, cheese, chicken pieces, etc.), you are not near as interesting as you could be and you won't get near the results. Life is a game of getting treats for fun things in training. If they don't get it after a little bit, back up to something they do get. It must always be fun!

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August 16, 2008 Flag
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My chi pin barks at everyone. How do I curb her barking? She is 8 months old. Thanks.

Orab from Hollywood, FL

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November 19, 20080 found this helpful

Re: I finally got my neighbors dogs to stop barking

I used to have a problem with my neighbors dogs that would constantly bark day and night. At first I thought it would stop but it went on day after day. I finally confronted my neighbor about the problem and he said that he would try to do something about it.

I work very long hours and try to get as much sleep as possible but I am constantly awakened by the barking dog many times during the night. You cannot imagine how frustrating this is unless you have been in this situation.

I finally ended up going on the internet to research my problem and I am so glad that I did. I ended up buying a compact disc from a website. You play the disc and it actually stops the dogs from barking. I put the disc in, pointed the speakers towards the dogs, and nearly fell out of my chair when it actually worked! This was the best money that I have ever spent and I am so happy.

I have not had a problem in 3 weeks. I am so glad that the freaking dogs have stopped barking. If you want to check it out, it might be worth a try if nothing else works for you. The website is

Good luck, I hope this helps

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January 9, 2015 Flag
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Our female Corgi has a fit when we are leaving the house. She does it with anyone who's leaving the house. She runs around in circles barking. Is it an instinct of her breed for herding? How do we stop it? It is very annoying.

By Sue

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

This is not instinctive. It's just bad behavior. When you leave the house, make the dog sit in the bed or crate (door open). This is before you even get started. If she gets up, lead her right back. You can give her one of her own toys but never give her a treat at this time. Don't call her a good girl, and don't try to make her feel better by promising you'll be back soon. She isn't scared, she's angry. This is a temper tantrum. So it's best to be businesslike.

As you can see you'll have to start to leave early. And be stern about making her sit in her spot. She'll know if you don't really mean it.

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October 26, 2012 Flag
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Part Pit with owner.We have a new rescue dog (part Pit Bull) who is the sweetest ever. He has to stay in a kennel in the house temporarily due to a respiratory infection and he barks all the time to get out. I feel bad for him, but I can't let him out with the other dogs yet. I can't seem to find a method to get him to quit barking and wining. Help!

By Pam B.

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October 27, 20120 found this helpful

It occurs to me that it's possible being in the kennel is stressful for him. Perhaps he had a bad experience in a kennel before you rescued him. If possible, try to confine him in a separate room, where he'll have room to move around. Give him a comfy bed, toys and his water and food, and see if he stops barking. Of course, someone should visit with him periodically. Just a thought.

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October 29, 2014 Flag
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My son has a ten and 1/2yr old Chihuahua. My husband and I bring the dog next dog for 4 hrs every day, while our son is at work. When Chico barks I say "use your indoor voice" and I pat his head and say good boy. It works fine. My son has a new girl friend staying there and she sprays water in his face and yells "stop barking". I have noticed how jumpy the dog is and when he sees the bottle he goes into a crouching position.
Can you give me some advice? My son loves this dog so much, but she has him believing that's the only way to train him.

By Ann Marie

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November 1, 20140 found this helpful

His girlfriend is misinformed. You train a dog while being calm, you don't shout at it. You don't scare it. I say the word "Hey" and walk towards them. When they stop barking I praise with a quiet "Good Boy" Must be consistent. Everyone has to do it the same way.

Probably why your telling him to use his inside voice works well as you are probably calm when you say it.

If the girlfriend doesn't stop get your own water bottle and when she does it to him. Do it to her. Spray her in the face and scream "Stop!" I am going to bet she won't like it.

Good luck!!

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November 20, 2008 Flag
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My Pomeranian barks a lot, it's driving us crazy. What can we do to get it to not bark so much?

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November 24, 20080 found this helpful

When dogs bark to the extent it drives you crazy; you know you've failed to train the dog in basic manners and behaviour.

If you scurry around trying to figure out what the dog wants you to do when she barks; she is training you. If you wish to be obedient to your dog for the rest of it's life,by all means follow your dog around and praise the dog for doing the exact opposite of the behaviour you desire. Crazy way to live by my thinking.

You need to start with the basics...TONS of exercise and that means running. Your dog does NOT get exercise in your home or from just being let out to sit in a yard. Long, hard walks/jogs at least 30-45 mins every day will help a lot.

You MUST be the leader. Discipline can not be a debate or a negotiation in your home. That does not mean you are a tyrant. It means you are in command and the dog must respond to you. You have to go back to basic training on a routine basis and praise the dog well and treat for everything they do right AND all the times they are quiet and displaying the behaviour you want.

Correction should used very sparingly because negative attention is better than no attention at all. Leave the water bottles and horrid bark collars in the trash where they belong.

Take note of what triggers her to bark and try diversion just before she goes off...use treats and praise just before she opens her mouth. It takes careful attention from you but it works spectacularly well. This will take time and patience on your part but it always works when the owner keeps up with good training and proper exercise. Don't give up!

If you wouldn't do it with your 2 year old child; DON'T try to do it to your dog. You want your 2 year old to get plenty of exercise and fresh air. You don't ignore them for hours on end or refuse to play with them daily. You are patient and praise your 2 year old like they reinvented the wheel for every tiny thing they do right. You scold ONLY when necessary.

You wouldn't fail your 2 year old by letting them decide what you do and when you'll do it. You wouldn't follow your 2 year old around trying to figure out what they're training you to teach them to use their words, enjoy playtime and exercise, spend time daily learning new things...etc.

Small dogs are usually more difficult to train than larger ones becuase of the RAMPANT puppymilling if them from high demand from women who want accessories and affection on demand. Shops only get puppies from one kind of place. Puppymills are the only places that care so little for the animals they sell they will ship them sight unseen to purchasers. Backyard home breeders are only slightly better but they will breed problems as long as they make a profit.

Dogs are all the same basic animal and they need LOTS of daily work but it's a fantastic joy when you've done it right. Prepare to exercise and good luck.

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September 3, 2011 Flag
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How can I stop my dog from barking at everybody?

By Afrasiab

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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

I have 3 large dogs and have trained them to only bark if someone is actually in our yard or on our front porch. I can tell by their barks whether they're barking at someone or just barking at a squirrel.

I tried the spraying of water but it didn't leave a lasting impression. I bought a plastic lemon with lemon juice in it from the produce area of where I grocery shop. When the dogs bark for no reason they get a squirt of lemon juice in their mouth. I don't give them any sort of warning, when they're barking I look out the front window and if there's no one in my yard or my front porch the barking dog will get a squirt.

They know what is acceptable and what isn't. Since I know each dog's individual bark I only zero in on the one who actually did the barking. It's sort of interesting to watch at times. If Emma barks, Rosie can't get away from her fast enough, it's almost like she's saying, "I didn't bark, it was all Emma, I had nothing to do with it" as she slides around me to get away from the Living Room.

I'm not harsh but they all run if they see me pick up the lemon and know without a doubt even if they scramble away, I will catch them and they will still get the correction. If they see a neighbor walking their dog they will growl at the front window but not bark. Their training didn't happen over night and I actually permit two warning barks. A herd of elephants could walk past my house and they would not bark non-stop. I actually trained them not to bark, not for the sake of barking but because they get into such a frenzy at the front window that they turn on each other which always ends in a dog fight.

I'm recovering from Transverse Myelitis and I was paralyzed for 6 months and it took me a year to learn how to walk again. While I was paralyzed my well behaved furry children weren't kept in check by my husband and basically got away with everything.

Once I was able to stand up on my own I had to basically remind my dogs of their good manners and each dog needed a reminder lesson in obedience. It didn't take them long to figure out that since I was once again mobile that their party days were over. It was very important for my physical being to be able control my dogs. I lose my balance very easily and fall down. I have a lot better control of them when they aren't turning on each other when they're all barking at one time.

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January 17, 2012 Flag
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I would like to know how to keep my Pom from barking so much.

By Collene

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January 19, 20120 found this helpful

This is how we trained our pup not to bark or at least not very often maybe once a day unless we are playing with her. When she barked we would put our finger to our mouth and say shh no bark then give her a small piece of treat. She must not be barking when she get the treat and the treat should be given within a couple of seconds otherwise she won't make the connection so always have small treats in your pocket (hand is better and faster) ready to give her.

The best form of training is to do it often and in this case every single time she barks. Now at the age of 3 years all we have to do is say "shh, no bark" finger to our mouth, and she stops barking. Although she still gets the odd treat for not barking but it's because we want too. If she is a young pup you could try using her puppy kibble but it won't work on an older dog they are too smart. lol!

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November 15, 2011 Flag
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What can you do with 2 dogs that bark all of the time? They hear anything move and they start barking. We have tried everything to get them to stop. We even got the barking collars, but they won't stay out if they have them on. Please help. It is starting get on the neighbors' and owners' nerves. Thanks.

By cookie17

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November 15, 20110 found this helpful

I think a big clue might be "they won't stay out with them on". Dogs want to be with their "pack", not closed outside while the people are inside. If you cannot get them to stop barking, they should not be outside. Responsible owners will walk the dogs, then bring them in. Crate train them, if they cannot be trusted in the house when you are not there.

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August 31, 2002 Flag
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Could anyone lend me some advice on how to tone down my barking dog. She barks when she sees people or when she's nervous. I haven't had alot of luck training her. Please Help..I think my neighbors are starting to get annoyed. - Michelle

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