How To Stop Dogs Barking
Using A Rattle Bottle
A rattle bottle can be used to stop dogs barking, but should only be used as a last resort and where all other methods have failed, or where the dog's behavior is severe.
If you feel you must use a rattle bottle, then we'd like to offer a serious note of caution.
method should only be used to stop your dog barking after consultation with
a professional dog trainer or a suitably qualified animal behaviourist.
If your pet is particularly sensitive, this method may do more harm than good as it may cause anxiety problems in your dog.
These may manifest as body posturing, ears back and tail down, 'lip-smacking', whimpering, or shivering.
It's very easy to make your own
rattle bottle by placing a few coins, pebbles, or marbles, into a bottle
or a small tin can and sealing it with tape.
In order to stop dogs barking using a rattle bottle, you need to do the following conditioning:
- Make sure you have some extra-tasty treats within your reach;
- Pick up one of the treats and hold it between your fingers;
- Make sure your dog sees the treat, show it to him if necessary, and then move your hand down to the floor;
- Don't put the treat on the floor, but let your dog take it from your fingers;
doing this a few times, your dog will understand that you are about to
offer him a treat and will automatically follow your fingers to the
floor each time. When your dog reaches this stage, he's ready to move
onto the next step.
Introducing The Sound of a Rattle Bottle
- Begin by holding the rattle device in one hand, out of sight, behind your back.
- As before, take a treat and hold it between your fingertips.
your hand on the floor. Your dog will be expecting a treat and will
move towards your hand to take it. This time, however, as your dog goes
to take the treat, shake the rattle device quickly (keep it out of
sight, behind your back) and quickly move your hand away from him -
don't allow him to take the treat.
- Your dog won't
be familiar with this noise and will wonder what it is, and where it
came from. He'll be confused and will probably look up at you
quizzically. He may also back away.
Your dog may begin to show signs of anxiety at this stage.
there's another person in the room, he may move to them for
're-assurance'. If that happens, the other person should praise your dog
and give him the re-assurance he's looking for.
- Repeat this exercise several times to ensure he's getting the message.
The message he's learning is this:
Your dog's previous experiences were pleasant - he was given food each time your hand went down to the floor.
each time your hand goes to the floor, his experience is no longer
pleasant - there is an unusual sound (which he doesn't like) and no food
It's not long before the dog begins to associate the
sound of the rattle bottle with an unpleasant experience and, when used
in the future, it will stop dogs barking in their tracks.
your dog hesitates or backs off and no longer takes the treats, the
rattle device can then be used, not only to stop dogs barking, but for
other severe, anti-social behaviours in dogs. The process is explained
Using A Rattle Bottle To Stop Dogs Barking
We advise you to keep the rattle bottle and some tasty treats handy until you and your dog have mastered this exercise.
When your dog begins to indulge in unreasonable barking:
- Shake the bottle or tin sharply and give the " Be Quiet" command.As before, the rattle will startle your dog and will interrupt his barking. He may look at you and/or he may back away.
important that your response to his barking is immediate so that he
connects the previous unpleasantness (associated with the sound of the
rattle) with his current behavior - when he hears the sound of the
rattle, he will stop barking.
If you know your dog is about to
bark, using the rattle device before he barks will help to make the
training even more effective because it allows you to 'snap him out of
it' before he goes into the barking 'zone'.
- When your dog remains silent for 5-10 seconds, reward him with a treat and lots of praise using the words, "Good quiet boy".
your dog begins to respond to the rattle device, readily and without
hesitation, you can alternate the training by first using the rattle
bottle and the "Be Quiet" command, and then the "Be Quiet" command
Eventually, you'll be able to drop the use of the rattle device to stop dogs barking, and simply rely on the "Be Quiet" command.
Please note, we cannot emphasize this point enough - the use of this
kind of device should only be used in extreme cases to stop dogs
barking, and after taking some professional advice.
We strongly recommend you try other methods to stop barking dogs before you resort to using a rattle bottle.
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