Dog Barking


Dogs bark as a way of communicating. If your dog barks, there is a reason.  It may be like a response to a stimulus, like a jogger running by the house. Or it may be your dog's way of asking for help. You need to find out why your dog barks to stop this behavior.

Ongoing Excessive Barking

This is your dog's way of communicating a distress signal to you that his needs as animal and canine are not being met: 

  • Calm assertive leadership 
  • Exercise and Structure
  • Socialization and Affection 

Barking as a Greeting

Some customers share that they adore coming home to their dog's excited barking and jumping which proves their love. But in nature, dogs don't bark, yelp or jump on family members in a burst of affection. This is hugely disrespectful in the animal world.

Humans view this as undying love. But the pup is conveying that he's lonely, bored, has needs that are not being met and/or perceives that he must reestablish his dominant position in the pack.  The excitement is a way of burning off pent up energy. 

Dogs need exercise, structure and socialization first, and affection only as a distant last. To love a dog means that you must honor him as an animal and canine.  This means fufilling him as nature intended. 

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Tips for Stopping Nuisance Barking

1. Correct dog problem behavior and follow through

Block your dog from continuing barking but don't stop there.  Your dog may payse but then go back to the woofs. You pushed the pause button but he remained tense, his body and brain alert. 

Be patient. Wait until your dog completely relaxes and his brain moves on to contemplate other thoughts. Only then return to what you were doing.

The Houston Dog Whisperer will help you learn and practice these techniques with your pup. 

2. Stay calm when trying to stop dog barking

Constant barking can be irritating but you won't be able to correct the problem if you are angry or frustrated. Animals don't follow ununbalanced leadership. In fact your dog will mirror your energy as you feed him excitement. Take a moment to curb your own internal barking first!

3. Stake your claim to stop the barking

Is your dog barking over and over again at the same person, dog, object or situation? Then you need to step up and claim that stimulus as your own.  Use your body, mind and calm assertive energy to create an invisible wall that your dog is not allowed to cross. Do this with 100 percent dedication and the results may surprise you!

4. Meet the dog's needs for physical and mental challenges through exercise

Excessive barking is often the result of pent up energy.  If this is the case, the solution is simple.  Release the energy in more productive ways. 

Does your dog receive a daily walk? Could we make the walk more challenging with a bicycle, backyard or an incline? 

Can you provide more mental challenges like herding, agility, dog park play or obedience games? 

There are many ways to increase the challenges in your dog's life. Find a few that you can both safely enjoy!

5. Get professional help from the Houston Dog Whisperer

When you brought this dog into your life you made a commitment to provide the care he needs. Prevent barking and address other behavior problems by calling us in to help!

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