Barking can be perceived as a noisy nuisance by dog owners and neighbors. However, little barking is not irritating and can provide a safety warning to your home. Teaching your dog to bark on command can be an exciting thing. The majority of dog owners only want their dogs to bark when there are strangers in the yard or something strange is happening in the neighborhood. In this article, you will learn tips to teach dogs how to bark.
- Select a reward for your dog
Choose a treat that your dog loves since the better the reward, the less time it will take to teach your dog. If your dog enjoys playing, you can select his favorite toys and balls and throw them at them only when they bark. Many dog owners find treats and reward the most effective way to teach a dog how to bark. Your treats must be easy to carry, fast to break into smaller pieces, and must be safe for your dog. You should also ensure you use different types of treats to prevent boredom. Best treats that you can give your dog during barking training include:
- Cooked chicken
- Meat rolls from your nearest pet stores
- String cheese
- Dog biscuits
- Frozen green beans ( only for dogs on a diet )
- Introduce clicker training to your dog
In clicker training, the trainer uses a sound to alert a dog that he has done something good. The clicker sound is consistent, unique, and very different from the trainer’s voice, making it very effective for teaching a dog how to bark. The procedure of using a clicker is:
- Ensure your clicker is loaded
- Hold a treat in your hand
- When your dog tries to get it, close your hands
- Then click and give the dog the treat
- Wait a while, then repeat the steps above several times
- Continue with the training until your dog comes near when he hears the sound of the clicker expecting a treat
- Encourage barking by Exciting your dog
This makes her more likely to bark. Introduce a game your dogs like, such as chasing a tennis ball. You also use a favorite toy to excite your dog. Your dog may bark due to excitement.
- Grab your treat
When your dog barks, grab a treat and let your dog see it, then hide it.
- Reward your dog for barking
The treat hidden may make the dog bark. However, if it fails to bark, show the treat again but don’t give it to the dog until it barks. Click if you are following clicker training or make a sound such as “yes” if the dog barks. Every time your dog barks, reward him with a treat.
- Add a signal behavior.
You should introduce a gesture to help reinforce the barking vocal command. Every time your dog barks, sound “yes” or “speak,” and use a gesture such as opening and closing your fist when holding the dog in front of your face. After continuous use of gestures and verbal cues, your dog will eventually learn that they represent the barking command.
For more tips to teach dogs how to bark: Humane Society
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