6 Steps to Stop Your Dog Barking ​

The “Quiet” Command

Is your dog being too noisy with all the barking? Turn on your dog’s mute feature by teaching him the “Quiet” command. Here’s how. You’ll Need…

     Stock up on tasty, interesting treats that are sure to catch your dog’s attention. Treats are both a motivator and reward, so make sure it’s something that will pique your dog’s attention

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Only applicable to clicker trainers. The presentation of a reward plus some verbal praise should be enough if you don’t utilize a clicker.

Teach The “Quiet” Command

The training begins when your dog is barking. So either say the “Speak” command to your dog or wait until your dog starts barking.

​Stick your hand with a treat in it right in front of your dog’s nose and say, “Quiet”.

When to click/reward: once your dog stops barking to sniff at the treat.

 ​To ensure that your dog knows that you are rewarding his silence and not the barking: first reduce the amount of time that passes between your command and the silence by rewarding only if your dog shushes within 10 seconds, then within 8, 6, and so on. Then, you can drive the point home even more by progressively increasing the amount of time that he is quiet before rewarding him.

 ​Reduce the treats over time: Give them sporadically once your dog knows the drill or only with exceptional responses like faster response time or longer silences.

 ​Don’t stop the verbal praise and affection to keep on reinforcing the behavior with your dog.

 

The “Quiet” Command    (summary)

Is your dog being too noisy with all the barking? Turn on your dog’s mute
feature by teaching him the “Quiet” command. Here’s how.
You’ll Need…

1. Treats. Stock up on tasty, interesting treats that are sure to catch your
dog’s attention. Treats are both a motivator and reward, so make sure it’s
something that will pique your dog’s attention!

2. Clicker. Only applicable to clicker trainers. The presentation of a reward
plus some verbal praise should be enough if you don’t utilize a clicker.
Teach The “Quiet” Command
Whether you opt to train your dog on a fixed schedule or only when the
opportunity arises, it’s going to go down the same way.

1. Of course, the training begins when your dog is barking. So either say
the “Speak” command to your dog or wait until your dog starts
barking.

2. Stick your hand with a treat in it right in front of your dog’s nose and
say, “Quiet”.

3. When to click/reward: once your dog stops barking to sniff at the treat.

4. To ensure that your dog knows that you are rewarding his silence and not the barking: first reduce the amount of time that passes
between your command and the silence by rewarding only if your dog
shushes within 10 seconds, then within 8, 6, and so on. Then, you can
drive the point home even more by progressively increasing the amount
of time that he is quiet before rewarding him.

5. Reduce the treats over time: Give them sporadically once your dog
knows the drill or only with exceptional responses like faster response
time or longer silences.

6. Don’t stop the verbal praise and affection to keep on reinforcing the
behavior with your dog.

 

 

 

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