Stop Dog Barking

Teach Your Cocker The "Be Quiet" Command

One of the easiest ways to stop your dog barking is to teach him the "Be Quiet" command.

This statement may sound contradictory, but the aim is to train your dog to bark and then teach him to stop barking!

It's best if training is begun early, when your dog is a puppy.

However, if you've an older dog that needs training, it's still not too late - you and your dog may just have to put a little more time and effort into the training!

Learn how to stop your puppy barking, and teach your dog to be quiet by following the simple 2-step exercise below.

Stop Dog Barking - Step 1

  • Wait for your dog to bark. You may need to encourage him to bark before you can stop dog barking with this command - a knock at the door, or a ringing doorbell, will usually do the trick!

  • Allow your dog to bark for a couple of times before showing him a tasty treat and calmly say the command words, "Be Quiet" or "Quiet". Choose a command that suits you and your family and make sure they all use the same command - consistency is the key if you are to stop dog barking successfully.
  • When using the "Be Quiet" command to stop dog barking, it's important that you don't make a fuss, don't shout or become excited; stay calm and in control.

  • When your dog catches sight of, or smells, the treat it will focus his attention and he'll probably stop barking.

  • If he remains quiet for 5-10 seconds, reward him with the treat and tell him he's a "Good Quiet Boy".

  • If he starts barking before the 10 seconds are up, don't reward him.

  • Attempt the exercise again in a couple of minutes, but this time reward him for remaining quiet for 5 seconds - wherever possible, don't set your dog up to fail!

Practice the above exercise 5 times at each session, and train twice a day for a couple of days, and also as the opportunity arises.

Stop Dog Barking - Step 2

At your next and subsequent training sessions, when your dog barks:

  • Show him a treat and use the "Be Quiet" command but, this time, when he stops barking, leave it for a few seconds longer before you reward him.

  • Gradually increase the length of time between when his barking stops and giving him his reward.

    This will help your dog to associate the reward with your command to "Be Quiet" and his subsequent silence. He'll soon learn that there's no mileage in barking and that it's more beneficial if he responds to your "Be Quiet" command.

  • When your dog is responding well to this command, slowly withdraw the food treats (you don't want an overweight puppy!) and heap on the praise, strokes, and cuddles.

Don't ever let your dog get away with excessive barking as you will be undoing any previous training and will have to work extra hard to get your dog back on track.

What If My Dog Fails To Respond?

If your dog fails to respond to this method, you could try using a water pistol or spray bottle instead.

Alternatively, you could try one or more from the selection of methods to stop dog your barking listed at the bottom of this page.

If your puppy is easily excited and consequently prone to barking, then encouraging excitement will only make any barking problem worse.

Understand what excites him - a particular game, for example - and avoid it for now. You can always re-introduce the game later, when he's older and less excitable.

Stop Dog Barking - Summary

You can stop dog barking quickly and easily by using the "Be Quiet" command.

The key to this training is quick action and consistency; address the barking immediately and always use the same command words.

Stay calm; don't shout at your dog to be quiet.

Remember to reward your dog for quiet behaviour.

Practice regularly to reinforce the training.

Tired dogs rarely bark, so don't forget to keep your dog regularly exercised and mentally stimulated - a tired dog is a quiet dog!

Don't forget to praise your dog when he's quiet to encourage his good behaviour.

You can also practice basic obedience training regularly to ensure your puppy develops into a well-mannered adult dog!

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