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Ignore Attention-Seeking Barking
Your new friend will whine and cry quite a bit for the first few days. This is perfectly normal behavior for a young dog who is away from his mother and littermates for the first time. Finding himself alone in a strange place is upsetting for him.
But no matter how pitiful he is, don’t give him attention when he’s whining or barking, or you may be setting up a life-long habit of nuisance barking. Wait until he stops barking before petting or cuddling him. But how to stop a barking puppy?
One way is to make a noisemaker from an empty pop can and a few pennies. Put the pennies in the can, and tape it shut. When your pup barks or whines, especially at night, shake the can at him. The sudden noise will startle him into silence. Shake the can every time he barks or makes noise.
This method is quite effective because he’s not getting any attention from you, whether it’s good or bad. All that happens when he barks or whines is that a loud noise happens that he doesn’t like. He’ll learn quickly that nuisance barking doesn’t get him attention from you.
A very humane method for quieting a barking canine is to say “enough,” and gently put your hand around his muzzle. This works because he can’t bark with his mouth shut. He’ll try to back away, or shake your hand off, so be prepared. Hold him by his collar so he can’t get away. Hold his muzzle gently until he stops fighting you and is quiet. This shows that he’s accepted your authority.
This technique teaches your puppy that you’re in charge, and that you will enforce your position as leader. This is an important lesson for him to learn, and will help to prevent many dog behavior problems from arising in the future.
More Tips To Avoid Barking Problems
It’s helpful to teach your pup to bark on command. This may seem counterproductive, but the second part of this idea is to teach him to stop barking on command. Now you’ve taken control of the situation by letting him know when it’s appropriate to bark. Once again, he has to defer to your leadership.
Excessive barking is often due to the canine just having too much energy. Take him for long walks to burn off this extra energy, and to tire him out so he’ll sleep when you’re gone. Another plus to lots of walks is that he’s introduced to new people and new situations, so he’ll be less likely to bark at unfamiliar things.
A good puppy obedience school can be very helpful, as he’ll learn to listen to you even when there are distractions around. You should also consider a good dog training course, too.
Now it’s time to start putting these ideas into action. Stop puppy barking now, and your new friend will be a much happier and pleasant companion.