When your dog has a barking problem, it can be hard to get help. Ask the great sages of the internet how to get your dog to stop barking, and typically you get one of three responses:
“You shouldn’t have chosen that
breed! They’re known to bark!” (Thanks. I’ll just tell him to
change his genetics right now.)
“It’s a dog. Dog’s bark. If you don’t like barking you shouldn’t get a dog!” (Not true. I don’t love crying but I still love my baby.)
“Zap it with
citranella/electricity/sound until it’s in so much pain it STOPS.”
(This’ll be the shops talking, not human beings.)
None of these really help, and they
usually make us feel bad. I’m here to tell you that:
It is okay to not love barking.
It’s okay to not want your dog to bark
at everything, every second of every day.
Barking can be resolved without
electrocuting your pet.
I have four chihuahuas. Chihuahuas are
a naturally yappy breed. When I’m passing people who are not
chihuahua fans on the trail “yappy little leg shark/rat” is a
favorite insult to mutter as I pass. Yet my dogs don’t bark
They still alert me to the doorbell, but they stop on command. They don’t bark at dogs or strangers when going for a walk, but they still give me a polite bark to let me know they want to come in from outside.
Their quietness was tested February
1st, 2019 when our house caught fire and we found
ourselves living in a hotel for a month. Suddenly, there were dogs
barking in the hallways, sniffing under our door, and barking
endlessly from their own rooms.
Strangers talked loudly, elevators
dinged, and no one obeyed leash laws. (Or poop laws. If there are no
poop laws there should be. Geez people, pick up!) It was the perfect
stew to trigger barking, and my dogs didn’t bark apart from the
occassional yip of surprise.
They weren’t always like this.
My dog Leia was rehomed to me due to
behavioral issues. One of these issues was chronic barking. She
barked at everything. Every little motion. Every sound. Even at night
or kenneled, she barked.
She barked so much, she taught our
other dog to bark, and then he barked too! When we had a collection
of four barkers, I decided enough was enough, and set out to get them
to stop barking inappropriately.
The result is my book, “Ssh, quiet!” It is a collection of everything I learned teaching my dogs not to bark, and how you can do it too. While we touch on when bark collars are appropriate (when the dog’s life is in danger due to barking) it is primarily based on positive methods to reduce barking.
You don’t have to shock your dogs into good behavior, and best of all the book is just $3.
Shh! Quiet! Is also free on Kindle Unlimited, and there is a preview available for some free training advice.
I hope you’ll consider adding this training book to your collection, so you too can have a little peace in your life, and no longer have to yell, “Shh! Quiet!”