As a trainer with Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Salt Lake City we know that many people struggle with creating their dogs to be more quiet. There are certain actions that you can do that will create your dog to be more quiet. We wanted to educate you to perform more of these actions. There are certain actions that you will definitely want to avoid as well!
1.) If you dog is barking for attention it is important that you completely ignore your dog. Many people don’t realize that looking at their dog and talking to their dog actually rewards the barking. Saying “no” or “quite” can actually reward the barking. It is a good idea to turn your back away from your dog or completely walk away. Then reinforce your dog once he is quiet for about 5 more seconds. You can reinforce your dog with treats, praise (talking), eye contact, play, and petting.
2.) If your dog is barking at people that are coming to your home and your dog is not aggressive then you can redirect your dog to perform a command. Some great commands to use are the following: target, leave it and go to your bed (“place”). When redirecting your dog, it is also helpful to have your dog perform consecutive commands or to reward your dog for being quiet for longer and longer time periods. This will help your dog to remain quiet for longer time periods. Otherwise, your dog may bark, redirect toward you and then immediately go back to barking again. Of course if your dog is aggressive then it is best to consult with a professional Salt Lake City dog trainer.
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Johanna Teresi, Professional Trainer and Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC, Dog Training, Salt Lake City