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The best way to fix a problem barker and stopping a dog from barking is actually to teach him to bark only when you want. Most dogs can pick this up quickly.
A simple way to get started is hold a reward in your hand–a treat or toy of some kind. Show it to your dog and give him the command to talk. He’ll probably be confused and just try and get the reward from you without doing anything.
Make him sit and he will stare at the reward, wondering when you will give it to him. Just wait. After a short time your dog will want the reward so badly he will bark. The second he barks, give him the reward. This reinforces the barking behavior.
If your dog doesn’t seem to get it right away, you can also try saying the command to bark then barking yourself to show your dog it’s okay. He may bark in response. If he does give him the reward immediately.
When your dog knows he gets a treat for a behavior, he will easily and readily repeat the behavior if he sees another treat. So if you want your dog to bark multiple times you can just continue to offer rewards.
To teach him to stop barking and stopping a dog from barking altogether, use a signal with your hand or a specific motion in addition to a verbal command. By doing this if your dog is far away and cannot hear you or you are talking and don’t want to interrupt the conversation, stopping barking can be triggered without your voice.
Again, just like teaching him to bark, have a reward ready and wait for the desired behavior–stopping barking–and then give him the reward instantly.
By combining both a verbal stop barking command and also a signal, your dog will associate either one to the right behavior. Just keep repeating the exercise until your dog gets it down.
Stopping dog barking can be a real challenge and an embarrassment if you have visitors or neighbors watching and your dog is not trained. By working with your pet to make him good at it, you will not only spare yourself the grief but also impress people with how well your dog behaves.
As an advanced step, you can even put your dog in situations that cause him to bark and then work with him on the commands until he stops barking whenever you want on command. Be sure to do the basic dog training first though.
 

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Nice we now have a behaviorist in the forum. Welcome to party. It's really like a keggar BYOB
 

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that's clicker trainer training. it has a certain elegance.

i prefer no bark collars. my dogs all wear them in the kennels at night. they seldom bark at night but it placates the elderly lady down the road. so in the interest of good neighbor relations i spent the money.
 
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