Learn how a kid's water pistol can become a great barking deterrent . There are many other methods to stop dogs barking, but this is a more gentle remedy and I recommend you try this first...read on to learn more.
Yes, you heard right!
A child's water pistol or a simple spray bottle, filled with water (some owners swear by a well-diluted mixture of water and lemon juice, or water and vinegar) directed into your dog's mouth each time he barks will help you to teach your pet to stop nuisance barking.
If used properly and timely, a spray of water can stop dogs barking in their tracks!
Although this practice may sound cruel, it isn't, and more importantly, it won't hurt your dog.
The spray isn't meant to be a punishment, it's a barking deterrent; it's meant to startle him into silence, literally interrupting his barking.
You can use an ordinary water gun or spray bottle for this method, just fill it with water and do the following:
Points to note when using a spray as a barking deterrent:
Be consistent. Use the spray each time he barks and remember to always use the same command to help reinforce his training.
Never call your Cocker to you to spray or punish him. If you do that, he'll think he's being punished for coming to you and that will only confuse him and may make him think twice the next time you use the re-call command.
If your dog or puppy is sensitive and you think he may be frightened of the spray bottle, please find an alternative barking deterrent to interrupt his vocal outburst, for example, throw him a ball, or his favorite toy; move his train of thought away from whatever was causing him to bark in the first place.
If your Cocker Spaniel is lying quietly, reward him
for this, give him lots of gentle praise and a stroke. Your pet will soon come to realize that quiet behavior is best for
everyone and his vocal outbursts will soon become a thing of the past - you'll no longer need to use a barking deterrent!
I hope the above has been helpful, but it's important to recognise that this method only works when you're around to hear the barking and near enough to do something about it!
There are other ways to tackle your dog's barking, depending on why he's barking in the first place.
For example, if your dog is barking at anyone who visits your home, delivery men, garbage collectors, or the postman, follow the try some of the recommended training exercises. Just follow the link.
If your Cocker goes barking mad in the garden, this page will help you to stop him in his tracks so that you and your neighbors will once again be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of your own yard.
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