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The Ultimate Guide To Stop Excessive Barking

There’s nothing worse than the constant shrill sound of never ending barks.

It can drive a person to the edge of sanity.

And it’s a common problem.

We love our dogs but hate the excessive barking.

What can we do?

Certainly not just deal with it.

Right?

Unfortunately, a lot of dog owners give up hope and resign themselves to a life with the ever-present yapping.

But not you!

Because you are here.

No longer will your dog own you!

Today you begin the process of ending excessive barking!

​And ​working on problem barking as soon as possible is vital.

Because the longer you wait, the harder it gets to curb the behavior.

Before We Get Started...

Few things before we jump in.

One, dog barking is natural.

It’s a normal activity.

It becomes a problem when it moves into the realm of excessive.

So let's take a quick test to see where you are at in terms of excessive barking.

​Is This Happening To YOU?

  • Your dog constantly barks at you for attention?
  • ​When you let your dog outside ​does she serenade the neighborhood with barks?
  • ​When people come over does the barking not end until 30 minutes after your guest arrived?

If any of that sounds familiar...

You're dealing  with excessive barking.  

And it’s a big behavior problem.

Second thing, and this is a big one…

Never try to modify your dog’s behavior by approaching the problem like a human.

Your dog is not a human and does not think like a human.

So using any sort of ‘human tactics’ is just going to lead to more barking and more stress.

Don’t do it.

Here’s what to do.

How To Stop Excessive Barking

If you’ve read any of my material on my blog, newsletter or training courses you know I’m big on one thing:


Before you can change the behavior of any dog you need to understand the psychology surrounding it.


Eric James Mitchell ​the guy writing this

All the training methods in the world are useless unless you understand the psychological triggers.

This concept is what makes up my Protective Parent Methodology and the whole approach to effectively modifying any dog's behavior.

YOUR First Job...

So your first job is to understand why the barking is happening.


Here’s some common triggers:

  • ​Warning / Alert
  • ​Anxiety
  • ​Attention Seeking
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    ​Excitement
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    ​Responding to Other Dogs
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    ​Boredom

Once you determine the cause of your dog's excessive barking, you can begin to control the behavior.


Your job is simple:


Your need to make your dog understand when to bark and when to be quiet.


This is the only thing you need to teach her.


Do that and the problem dissolves.


The easiest way to do this is to use my Quiet Commands Checklist.


It takes 15 minutes a day and is super simple to follow.


Use the checklist and you will be on your way towards a permanent solution.


You also want to make sure that you remove any triggers or sources that can instigate the excessive barking.


Don’t make the problem worse by accidentally encouraging the behavior.

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How To Fix and Prevent Barking

Prevention is always the easiest way to solve a problem.

​​You take the right steps and the unwanted behavior never manifests.

Big Win!

If your dog has not yet exhibited an excessive barking behavior the first thing you want to do is reinforce that.

And the simple way to do that is the Quiet Commands Checklist.

Following it daily for a couple of weeks will ensure that the wanted behavior (quiet) is permanently instilled in your dog.

The next thing you want to do is give your dog something better to do than bark.

​IMPORTANT

NOTE: If you are currently dealing with an excessive barker this applies to you too.  It will help get you the quick wins you need to start re-modifying behaviors for the long run.


Here are four easy tips to get those quick wins if you’re already dealing with an excessive barker …

OR..

How to keep your dog from turning into an excessive barker…

​A Tired Dog Is A Quiet Dog


​Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise so there is not as much pent-up energy to burn by barking. 

​A Lonely Dog Is A Loud Dog


Avoid leaving a ​dog alone for long periods of time if possible.  


Leave the TV or radio on for your dog when you leave the house.  

It's an extremely easy fix to battle the loneliness.

​Don't Give In To The Sass


Never comfort, pet, hug or feed your dog when she is barking for attention or out of anxiety.

That would be rewarding the behavior, thus encouraging it.

​Redirection Is Key


Try to get her attention with a clap or whistle.

Once she is quiet, redirect her attention to something productive and rewarding - like a toy or treat.

It’s all about shifting focus.


Simple right?


Combine these activities with the Quiet Commands Checklist and you are on the fast track towards a well-behaved dog.

​Now that we know WHAT TO DO...

NEVER Do These Things...

Here are the things that you should never do.

All of these activities will keep you from permanently modifying your dog's behavior.

Even worse, they will ruin your relationship with your dog.

  • Shouting At Your Dog -  ​Yelling to end barking does not help. It​ will cause​ your dog to bark even more. Remember, a dog is not a human and does not understand yelling like we do.  Yelling is just going to stimulate your dog more … cause extra anxiety … and the barking will continue.
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    Avoid ​Punishments ​Like ​Shock ​Collars - They are not only painful and unkind - many dogs will learn to test them and eventually work around them.
  • NEVER Let Your Dog 'Blow Off Steam' Outside - ​You cannot let your dog bark constantly outside, regardless of the reason. You'll never modify the barking by yelling at her across the yard. Plus, it is one of the fastest ways to turn neighbors into enemies and send an invitation to your local police.

​Your Turn...

With some patience, commitment and time you will be able to erase excessive barking permanently.

It’s all about understanding the behavior, redirecting it, and modifying it into an acceptable reaction.

If you follow these steps you’ll be ahead of the game.

No more pleading with your dog to be quiet.

No more barking induced headaches.

And who knows … maybe your neighbors might say hi to you now!

That’s the power of behavior modification.

Take these steps and turn it into habit.  The results will come.

And if you want to amplify those results you’ll want to use my Quiet Commands Checklist.

It’s free (for now) … Just click the image below and enter your name and email so I can send it to you…

And in a few minutes from now you could be putting the strategies into motion and start erasing the excessive barking.

What have you done to try and stop excessive barking?  And did it work?  Let us know in the comments below!

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​IMPORTANT​:​​​

​If you are using Google Chrome as your web browser, you may not have been able to click the images to access the Quiet Command Checklist.

If this is the case, simply click here to get access to the Quiet Command Checklist.

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