It can be difficult for many dog owners to stop dog barking. Find me an owner of a dog that barks incessantly and you will find a person who has strained relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and even local police, especially if your town or city has a noise ordinance.
What can a dog owner do to stop dog barking? One easy way is through corrective training. This training requires the owner to wait for his dog to bark and then take decisive and immediate corrective action. Ultimately, corrective action helps the dog associate an unpleasant consequence due to his barking. Once the dog makes this connection, he is less likely to bark because he will want to avoid the unpleasant consequence.
Loud noises and bark collars are two forms of corrective action. Making a loud noise every time your dog barks is a good way to teach your dog not to bark. You can use almost anything to make a loud and unpleasant sound for your dog to hear – clap your hands, drop a book on a table, shake a coffee tin full of nails or pennies. The dog owner who remains consistent with using loud noises may find that his dog learns to stop barking to avoid the loud noise or, at a minimum, will bark a lot less.
Dog owners and trainers also use bark collars to stop dog barking. These collars basically look like regular collars, except they have a small box that causes a corrective action when it senses the dog barking. This corrective action may be an unpleasant sound, a mild shock to the dog’s neck, or the release of citronella, a citrus scent. Just like unpleasant noises, the bark collar’s corrective measures are unappealing as well. In due time, the dog will learn that his barking is the cause of the corrective measure, thus will curtail his barking to prevent unpleasant consequences.