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Barking dogs - positive training

By Michael Rad

Some dogs often get out of control as far as their noise levels are concerned, and their owners realize that some barking dog training is in order. Of course, you have to understand that barking is a natural way for the puppy or dog to communicate, both with you and with other dogs. Here are a few things to do and things to avoid while training your dog:

Do this as part of a barking dog training program

ü When the dog is locked up in a confined space (such as a dog crate), whining and barking will be more frequent. Try to avoid keeping the dog locked up as such if possible and try to educate him, from puppy stage, that barking for hours won't solve the problem.
ü Dogs are social animals - their barking is a call to socialization on many occasions. Barking dog training programs should focus on teaching the dog to deal with isolation and to eliminate separation anxiety as much as possible.
ü There are other reasons for excessive barking - the dog is hungry, thirsty, sick, uncomfortable or feels threatened.
ü Create the best conditions for your dog and if he still barks continuously say NO on a firm voice - do this every time he starts barking and keeps going for more than half a minute

Here's what barking dog training shouldn't include

· Never give rewards to the dog when baking.
· Never let your dog soil his or her crate
· Never show aggression towards the dog while he is barking. A positive approach to barking dog training will take a little longer to achieve success but it also offers long term results.

Positive dog training

The most frequently asked question regarding positive dog training sounds something like this: "How do I manage to know the dog that I am the Alpha leader but also create a strong emotional bond between the two of us?" The idea behind all positive dog training methods is that offering praise for a successful command is more effective than offering punishment for a poor response to a command. The dog sees you as the leader of the "pack" because you are the one who provides food and shelter - you should teach the dog to respect you, and the protection you offer him, by praising the dog, both with a treat and a vocal remark, every time he or she responds well to your commands.

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