How To Stop A Dog From Barking

by Ditte Young

Updated on September 22, 2023
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes 

Barking is a common form of communication for dogs, and no one should expect their dog to never bark. Some dogs, however, bark excessively — and how to stop excessive barking is one of the most well-known problems many pet parents face.

If your dog barks too much, the first thing you need to do is identify the reason for your dog’s excessive barking. Barking serves a variety of functions, and only by identifying the reason for your dog’s barking will you be able to stop him from barking excessively.

This article will cover some of the most common reasons your dog might be barking excessively. We will walk you through why dogs bark, what might cause excessive barking, and how to stop your dog’s excessive barking.

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Ditte Young | Author | Animal communicator | Clairvoyant
why is my dog whining
Ditte Young | Author | Animal communicator | Clairvoyant

Why do dogs bark?

Dogs bark for many different reasons. Barking is a form of communication — this means that your dog barks to tell the people and dogs around him what he feels, wants, or needs.

For example, it’s perfectly normal for your dog to bark when calling out to other dogs, expressing emotions, wanting attention, being territorial, or reacting to unexpected or unknown sounds.

Some dogs, however, are excessive barkers. This can be caused by a variety of reasons.

Below, we’ll cover some of the most common reasons for excessive barking:

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Excitement

Your dog might bark from excitement when you come home after a long day, when retrieving the ball you threw, or when spotting a mouse on your evening walk. If your dog is barking from excitement, the barking is typically accompanied by high energy levels and a wagging tail.

While barking from excitement is normal behavior, you might also have an over-excited dog, and excessive barking is a typical sign of this.

If you have an over-excited dog, our advice is to:

You can read more about how to stop your dog from barking later in this article.

Separation anxiety

Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety. In most cases, the dog has either been re-homed too often or suffered a shock or trauma when the dog was taken away from their mom as a puppy.

If your dog suffers from separation anxiety, the dog might show this by barking excessively when you leave the house. Some dogs even continue to bark throughout the day while their pet parents are gone, which can also become an immense frustration to your neighbors.

Pet parents often forget that when they train their dog to be home alone, they must repeat that training often. This was a common problem during the Covid-19 pandemic. When people returned to work after the lockdown, their dogs began to suffer from separation anxiety because they were used to having their families home for many months.

If you want to learn more about handling your dog’s separation anxiety, check out our article: “Separation anxiety in dogs: Symptoms, causes, and how to fix it.

Fear

When fearful, most dogs will react to the perceived threat with either excessive or aggressive barking. If your dog is afraid, you might also notice other signs such as shaking, flattened ears, or a tucked tail.

Fear-based reactive barking often comes from old traumatic experiences. For example, say your dog was once attacked by a dark dog. Many years have passed since the incident, but your dog still barks whenever he encounters a dark dog — no matter the breed.

If you believe your dog is suffering from old trauma, we recommend you see an animal communicator who can help you understand how to help your dog overcome his fear. You can read more about how an animal communicator can help you later in this article.

Additional reading: How to calm down a dog and seperation anxiety in dogs.

How to stop your dog from barking

Dogs bark — we can’t control that. But we can train them not to bark at everything that passes by and prevent them from barking excessively throughout the day.

Here are six things you can do to stop your dog from barking:

1. Socialize your dog

When you become a pet parent to a new dog, one of the most important things you must do is socialize your dog. Your dog needs to learn that they are part of your family, and that you are their pet parent and leader.

Once your dog feels safe with you, it’s time to introduce your dog to other dogs. Start slowly with one dog at a time. This will help mentally stimulate your dog and naturally tire him out, which will help ensure that your dog doesn’t feel the need to be alert to his surroundings.

Socialization should also be part of your dog training — after all, everything you do with your dog every day is training for the rest of your life together. Socialization helps teach your dog that you will always be his leader and protector. This shows your dog that there is no reason to feel fearful or angry when you are around, which will help stop his excessive barking.

You might also be interested in: How to stop a dog from jumping on people? 4 simple steps.

2. Stimulate your dog with puzzle toys

If your dog has a lot of energy, your dog needs to be stimulated to avoid feeling restless or stressed. If a dog with a lot of energy is understimulated, it will likely try to stimulate itself. This can often lead to the dog barking — e.g., at people passing by your backyard — to entertain himself.

An excellent tool for cognitively stimulating your dog is puzzle toys. Puzzle toys help to tire out your dog naturally. They also give your dog something to focus on, helping keep the dog’s attention away from anything in the nearby surroundings that might trigger excessive barking.

3. Train your dog not to focus on his surroundings

The surroundings play an important role in teaching your dog to stop barking. You have to be able to control your dog when you’re in the house, or you will never succeed when you meet other dogs.

Teach your dog that you are more interesting than your surroundings. By focusing on the two of you and creating a space where your dog is focused only on you, you can prevent your dog from being drawn to whichever aspects of your surroundings trigger your dog’s excessive barking.

To help your dog to focus on you rather than his surroundings, try the following:

By repeating these steps, you can distract your dog from the outside world and teach your dog that there is no reason to focus on — or bark at — your surroundings.

We recommend daily training sessions to successfully train your dog to focus on you. Otherwise, your dog will not be able to internalize your training correctly.

4. Teach your dog quiet command

You can teach your dog to bark on command — but you can also teach your dog to stay quiet. This training can both sharpen your dog’s instincts and allow you to stop your dog from barking when necessary.

To teach your dog quiet command, use his favorite treat as motivation. Choose one word that will serve as your quiet command cue. The command word should be easy, such as: “Thanks,” “Enough,” or “Quiet.”

Now, you need to create a situation where your dog usually starts barking excessively. You could, for example, ask someone you know to ring the doorbell.

When the doorbell rings, follow these instructions:

5. Don’t reward barking

Your dog is motivated by your rewards or acknowledgment. If you try to get your dog to stop barking by offering treats or attention, you’re showing your dog that barking is something you enjoy and that it’s an excellent way for your dog to get what he wants.

Another thing you should not do is yell at your dog when he is barking. This signals to your dog that you are “barking,” too, and there is something to bark for.

In other words, don’t reward barking with treats, attention, or anything else that might encourage your dog to keep it up.

Addtional reading: Why is my dog whining?

6. Learn to understand what your dog is telling you

Finally, and most importantly, you must recognize that your dog talks to you daily through barking or whining and behavior. Your dog communicates how he is feeling and responds to how you are feeling.

If you do not understand what your dog is trying to tell you, however, a misunderstanding may arise between you. In many cases, the pet parents misread their dog out of frustration. Some may yell at their dog: “Stop it!” or, “Don’t do that!” This, however, will only teach the dog to bark even more excessively to be heard.

In short, the best thing you can do to stop your dog from barking is to listen to your dog, understand his feelings, and respond to his senses correctly. An animal communicator can help you do just that.

An animal communicator, also known as a dog whisperer, can help you understand what your dog is telling you. With help from an animal communicator, you can get to the root of your dog’s excessive barking. This gives you the tools you need to quiet your dog and helps you get to know your best friend better.

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Ditte Young has been a spiritual coach, therapist, and clairvoyant for 25 years. She is the author of 3 books about animal communication and is known as Denmark’s most recognized animal communicator and dog whisperer.

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