How To Stop My Dog Barking?

by Lucero
(United States)

Hello, I have a small question. I recently adopted a 5 year old cocker spaniel but when someone like mom or dad comes into my room she will bark a lot and I don't know how to control her.

I'd like her to stop barking at my family.

Can you please help?

Thank you!

Reply From Pauline (Web Owner)

We have lots of advice on our website to help you with your dog's problem.

I recommend you read our articles on our Stop Barking page. This article will offer links to other pages about barking dogs, why they bark and what you can do to stop dogs from barking.

Before taking steps to stopping your dog barking, you first need to understand why she's barking.

As a very simple example, if she's hungry and hasn't been fed, she will pester you to feed her - she may eventually bark to let you know she's hungry.

When you feed her, she will probably stop barking because she's got what she wanted and is now content, but if you throw her a toy instead of feeding her, she'll probably continue to bark until she's fed.

Try to work out why she's barking.

It's difficult for me to help you as I don't know your dog, you or your family, however, if your dog is kept with you, and/or in your room, for most of the time, it may be that she's being territorial. She may be trying to protect 'her' room, and you, from your parents or any other person wanting to come into your room.

If your dog is 'guarding', I would recommend that she's kept out of your room for a little while, during which time your family should increase the amount of contact they have with her, for example, let other members of your family walk her, feed her, play with her, and groom her, etc. - your family need to bond more with your dog.

At the same time, I recommend that you decrease the amount of time you spend alone with her.

If this situation is left untreated, your dog may progress to biting someone.

Hope this helps.

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Dagenham, UK
by: Jennifer

Every time your dog barks, ignore her. If she continues, take her out of your room and don't allow her in. Don't play with her or talk to her. You need to show her that you don't like her behaviour when she barks at your family.

Ignore her for as long as you can, a few minutes should be long enough, and then allow her back into your bedroom. You could even try asking your parents to sit on your bed and then allow her back into your room - see how she reacts to that.

Good luck.

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