How To Stop Your Dog Barking
Training Your Dog Not To Bark
My wife and I have a little Yorkshire terrier. He’s called Monty and is a year and a half old. We got him as a puppy and when he was young he didn’t really bark much, which was good as the breed can be just a bit yappy.
Unfortunately, a few months ago, he started barking if he heard anyone outside. We live in a very quiet area and traffic immediately outside is usually audible. It’s not all bad of course. If an intruder tries to enter your house a little advance warning is very welcome. Sadly, Monty didn’t stop barking for quite some time after the “threat” disappeared. It began to get tiresome rather quickly.
Acting upon the advice of one of her friends who had encountered a similar problem with her own dog, my wife decided to treat the problem before we were all driven insane - or Monty met with an untimely end. What she did was get a bottle of mineral water – one of those ones with the “sports” cap. Every time that Monty started barking at some external noise she splashed just a little water on him, told him he was bad and shook the bottle in his direction. She didn’t shout at him, he was reprimanded firmly but quietly.
As it turned out, she only had to splash him two or three times. After that she just shook the bottle at him and squeezed it so that it made a crumpling noise. That was more than enough for Monty. After only three days there was a marked improvement in his behaviour. After a week the barking was pretty much a thing of the past.
It’s probably worth mentioning that Monty’s therapy was not only effective, but also selective. He no longer barks at external noises – but if anyone comes to the front door, or the doorbell rings, he does bark. I suspect that my wife could train him not to do this either – but we don’t think it’s such a bad thing, especially as he doesn’t continue barking once the initial stimulus has been investigated to his satisfaction.
So, if you’re having problems with a barking dog, then it might be worth your while to try the water bottle treatment. It’s humane and it seems to be both effective and fast acting.