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How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Any dog owner knows that although we love our furry friends, sometimes they just don’t know when to stop barking! If your pooch seems to bark at every little noise, or no noise at all, figuring out how to get them to stop is no easy task. We’ve put together a few methods you should try next time you’re in need of a way to make the barking stop. Remember, not every method will work on every dog, so be patient before you give up! 

Ignore the Behavior

Dogs are similar to little kids in a lot of ways. When a toddler is throwing a tantrum, parents are often instructed not to respond to the negative behavior. This same logic applies to your dog! If you are talking to, touching, or otherwise engaging with your dog when they bark, they’ll see it as a reward to their behavior and want to continue doing it. Once he quiets down, come in and quickly offer praise or a treat. Soon they will see which behavior gets them attention and which doesn’t. 

Eliminate the Barking Motivation

Every dog that barks has a motivation to do so. It could be people walking by on the sidewalk, other animals outside, or a number of other things. Remove the barking motivation to help your dog reduce the amount of time spent barking. If people on the sidewalk trigger the barking, keep the blinds closed. You must find a way to keep your dog apart from the cause of the barking before you expect the barking to stop. 

Expose Your Dog to Stimulus

Another way to help reduce barking is by getting your dog more comfortable with the stimulus that they’re barking at. Take them into public settings, have more people over, and introduce any situation that typically causes the dog to bark. It’s a good idea to begin this process in short doses and keep the dog far from the actual stimulus until they’re more comfortable.

Dog Training Classes in Boston

No matter how you choose to train your dog not to bark, do so in a calm way. If you raise your voice at the dog while they’re barking, they’ll just think you’re barking along with them! Be consistent and positive during the training process so that your dog is able to form new, positive, habits over time. Remember, affirmation of the good behavior is more important than disciplining of the bad behavior! If you need assistance in teaching your dog to not bark or any other commands, the experts at Argos Dog Training are here to help! Check out our list of dog training classes in Boston here. 

 

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Summer Dog Training Sale

Take advantage of our limited time summer dog training sale!

30% off for any client that can attend lessons at our facility Tuesday – Friday, 11am-1pm.

There are only 8 openings a week for this summer sale
The offer ends when the banner is removed
IF you are interested in this excellent opportunity for your dog please fill in the contact form below and put in the note section #Summertime

The Summer sale does not include the discount on Consultation

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April 30th – May 6th Schedule

Hello Everyone,

We hope that you are well and that you had a great weekend. This is the schedule for this week.

Advanced Group Class – Tuesday 7pm.
Basic Group Class – Saturday at 10:30am
Pack Walk – Canceled this Sunday.
Structured Daycare Tuesday – Friday 7am-9am drop off 5pm-7pm pickup.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and if you are planning to attend. Remember to check Facebook for any changes to the schedule.

Thank you, have a great week and Enjoy Your Dog!!!

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Dog training teaches me to control my emotions.

If a dog misbehaves,
I do not have to get angry,
I can be calm and act rationally.

If a dog threatens me,
I do not have to be afraid,
I can be prepared.

If a dog is cute,
I don’t have to let it melt me into a love puddle and spoil them,
I can still be steady and hold them responsible for what I have taught them.

If a dog is dense,
I do not have to get frustrated,
I can go slow and be patient.

I take this practice and apply it to all forms of life.
(To the best of my limited abilities.)

Happy New Year!!!

Martin Wright

From: The Unwritten Book of Mostly Useless Ideas Pertaining to Dogs and Dog behavior.

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The Leash Is A Safety Net

The leash is a safety net. It is not a tool to make things happen. The ultimate goal is not to NEED the leash.

So, notice everything that you do with your leash.
Don’t pull your dog around with your leash.
Get your dog’s attention and convince her to do what you would like her to do without using your leash man handle her, or to force her. Use your leash as little as possible.

The leash is a tool, the word leash here can be substituted for any tool. (treats, head halter, etc.)

Be aware. Be curious. Be manipulative. Be convincing. Be grateful. Be strong. Be smart. Be in-charge.

I am not saying take your dog-in-training off the leash. I am saying keep the leash on but use it less and less to get your way, because the less that you do the more your dog has to do.

Martin Wright
From: The Unwritten Book of Mostly Useless Ideas Pertaining to Dogs and Dog Behavior.

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