If your dog is constantly barking at other dogs, there are a few things you can do to help stop his barking behavior. You can treat-train your dog to stop barking by rewarding him for good behaviors. Other options include avoiding situations where other dogs are present and keeping your dog indoors.
Keeping your dog indoors
Keeping your dog indoors is one of the best ways to prevent your dog from barking at other dogs. Dogs are naturally social animals, and they like to interact with their human companions. However, when you allow your dog to continually bark at other dogs, it can annoy your neighbors and fray your nerves. To discourage your dog from barking, you can play music for it or offer treats.
You can also train your dog to behave in a non-barking environment by keeping him on a leash when you are away. A tethered dog can still have access to exercise outside, but you should make sure that your dog has enough mental and social contact with other dogs.
Rewarding your dog for good behavior
Rewarding your dog for good behavior can be done in a number of ways, including giving tasty treats, a favorite toy, and socialization opportunities with other dogs. But timing is important. You should reward your dog only when he is calm, not when he starts barking and lunging. For instance, a dog who sits and looks up without reacting should be rewarded, while a dog that barks and lunges when a dog comes close should not be rewarded.
In general, if your dog barks because he is yelling or crying at other dogs, it is not a good idea to reward your dog for this. Instead, try waiting for five seconds before rewarding him.
Keeping your dog in a crate
If your dog is constantly barking at other dogs, then it may be time to try keeping him in a crate. While it may take some time, your dog’s barking behavior will soon change – and it will be completely stop. The first step is to understand why your dog is barking in the first place. Just like we do, our dogs bark to communicate with us.
If your dog is barking due to reactivity, excitement, or stress, crate training may be the best option. Crate training will also help stop excessive barking in the yard. Your dog will have a quiet place to stay when you’re not home.