How to Stop Your Dog From Barking Excessively

Sometimes dogs bark excessively, which can be difficult to handle. Luckily, there are a few different things you can do to get your dog’s barking under control. First off, figure out why your dog is barking so much. Is it because they’re afraid of something? Or maybe they want your attention? Perhaps they just need some exercise. When you figure out the reason for their excessive barking, you can use different methods to help keep it under control!

Figure out why your dog is barking.

To stop your dog from barking excessively, you need to figure out why he or she is doing it. There are a few different reasons for excessive barking:

  • In excitement, such as when greeting another dog or person
  • In fear, often triggered by loud noises or certain sounds like the doorbell ringing
  • When left alone for too long and lonely (or sometimes just bored!)

Get treats to use as a reward.

Another way to stop your dog from barking is by giving them treats as a reward for good behavior. For example, if they stop barking when you ask them to, give them a treat as soon as they stop barking. This will teach them that being quiet gets them something good and being loud doesn’t. Make sure you choose treats that your dog likes and always have enough to last throughout training because if you run out of treats, the lesson will be lost on your pup!

If this doesn’t work for whatever reason, don’t worry! There are other ways to reward your pup when they’re behaving appropriately: praise (like saying “good boy”), petting (rubbing their belly), or even simply looking at each other can be rewarding for many dogs too!

Use the daily attention and feeding routine as reinforcement for good behavior.

One of the best ways to get your dog to stop barking is by reinforcing good behavior with treats, praise and play. If you’ve been ignoring your dog when he barks and only paying attention when he’s quiet, try using the daily routine as a way of showing him what behavior will be rewarded. Give your dog treats for sitting quietly and interacting politely with other people or animals, then add some positive reinforcement (like praise) for good behavior. You can also reward your dog for being calm and quiet by playing with him or taking him on walks outside where there are no distractions.

Exercise your dog with plenty of walks and playtime.

One of the simplest ways to curb excessive barking is to get your pup some exercise. Dogs who are active and have adequate outlets for their energy will be less likely to bark at every little thing that catches their attention (or doesn’t).

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According to the American Kennel Club, adult dogs should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If your dog doesn’t naturally have this much energy, consider upping his schedule or finding more opportunities for playtime with you and other family members. Try taking him on walks around your neighborhood—allowing him to sniff around and explore will give him something interesting to focus on instead of just barking at people passing by outside!

Do not punish your dog for barking, especially if another person is doing it.

In some cases, when a dog is barking, it can be helpful for you to have a little bit of information about what the dog is doing. For example, if your dog barks upon seeing the mail carrier but never barks at anyone else, then it’s likely that something about the mail carrier has set him off. Is it his uniform? Is he carrying something that resembles a package but isn’t? Or does your dog just not like his hat? The point here is that we all know our dogs better than anyone else and we’re going to have more insight into what sets them off than any stranger who happens by our houses with an opinion on how our dogs should behave.

Teach your dog to be quiet with a cue.

  • Teach your dog to be quiet with a cue. If you can teach your dog to sit still for one minute without barking, he’s likely capable of learning this trick. You’ll also want to teach him not to bark when commanded by using the same command or sound that he uses for other behaviors, such as “sit” or “come.”
  • Use a hand signal. When you’re ready to try out your new training method, hold up one finger and point it toward where you want him to be quiet until he gets the idea that this means be quiet.
  • Use a treat or clicker for positive reinforcement during training sessions so that both humans and dogs feel motivated about working together on this project! This step is especially important if there are multiple people involved in training because everyone needs something motivating them through these exercises; otherwise the whole thing becomes tedious really fast (and no one wants that).

Remove barks’ triggers from your dog’s environment.

The second step in stopping your dog from barking excessively is to remove the triggers that cause your dog to bark.

  • If your dog barks when you leave the house, make sure all doors are closed and locked so he can’t escape. Then, wait for him to stop barking before leaving.
  • If your dog barks when you come home, remove any triggers from your return (such as another person at the door) until he stops his incessant noise. Then say “quiet” or “enough” in a low voice while stepping outside of his view if possible so he doesn’t become fixated on what could be happening at the front door.
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Look for indications that your dog wants to go outside and play or go for a walk.

You can also try to determine whether your dog wants to go outside and play or go for a walk. Dogs get bored in the same way people do, and they bark when they are bored. So, if you notice that your dog is not responding at all to you when you call her name or when she is sitting next to you, it might be time for her to go outside and play. If your dog has been barking excessively after going outside, then this might mean that she needs more exercise than usual in order for her energy levels remain stable throughout the day.

Recognize and stop separation anxiety in your dog by practicing training steps.

It is important to recognize the signs of separation anxiety so that you can prevent it from happening in the first place. If you have a dog who barks excessively when left alone, he or she may be suffering from separation anxiety. This is especially true if your dog’s behavior changes as soon as you leave him/her alone and returns to normal once you return home.

If you suspect that your dog has separation anxiety, there are some steps that can help:

  • Practice training your dog with positive reinforcement methods only! Do not use punishment or force; this will make matters worse. Instead, try reinforcing good behavior with treats and praise (and no barking).
  • Do not let your dog become dependent on being around people all the time! It’s important for him/her to be able to enjoy his/her own company sometimes (for example by playing fetch). And remember that dogs need exercise—a typical walk around the block isn’t enough! Make sure they get plenty of outdoor playtime too; this helps keep them healthy mentally and physically while also keeping their energy levels high so they won’t feel anxious when separated from humans all day long every day at work 🙂

Separate yourself from your dog when you leave the house, but do so gradually.

Separate yourself from your dog when you leave the house, but do so gradually.

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Start by taking them to a place they are comfortable with—perhaps their crate or bed in the corner of a room where they can still see you, hear you and smell you. Gradually move them further away until they are at least five feet away from where you will be when leaving the house. When that is comfortable for your dog, move them even further away until they are completely out of sight and sound of everything going on in the area where they are being left alone.

Get to know your neighbors, especially those with dogs of their own.

The first thing to do is get to know your neighbors, especially those with dogs of their own. If your dog’s barking is causing a problem, it’s always helpful to have the support of other people in the community who understand and sympathize with you. Talking with your neighbors will help you build a sense of camaraderie and understanding—and it may even lead them to help you train your dog! You could also discuss local dog park rules with them and talk about how you can work together as responsible pet owners by obeying these rules.

Get out there and be social! Other people are out there waiting for someone like yourself who’s trying hard but maybe not quite getting it all figured out yet.

Excessive barking can be difficult to manage but you can learn steps to get it under control.

Excessive barking can be difficult to manage but you can learn steps to get it under control.

The first step is to recognize that your dog’s excessive barking isn’t a problem. It’s an indication of a problem that needs addressing, and there are ways for you and your dog to work together as a team in order to achieve success. Here are some steps to help get your dog’s barking under control:

  • Stay calm when speaking with your dog and use positive reinforcement methods such as treats or praise when they stop barking at appropriate times.
  • Train your dog so they associate their bark collar with positive things such as food or play time, not negative things like punishment or being put on restriction (otherwise known as “time-out).


We hope you’re feeling as well-trained and proud of your new skills as a dog owner after reading this article as we are. Good luck on your journey to having a happy, quiet home and well-mannered pooch! If you need any more help with your barking problem or have questions about what might cause excessive barking, please ask in the comments below.