My dog, bravo is 10 mths old, he’s great, i love him, but i can’t handle his constant barking at everything and anything outside.
Someone will walk past our gate and he’ll bark uncontrollably, for ages. How do i train him not to? What do i do?
Unwanted barking can be a very annoying and persistent problem, and it’s one that you understandably want to correct asap.
You will need to find a way to correct this behavior every time it occurs, and a verbal correction (and I mean getting his attention and telling him ‘no bark’ firmly) is the first way to go. You need to be very consistent about this though. I’d also recommend making sure he’s really well socialized and gets lots of opportunity to be out and about meeting other dogs/people and interacting. This should de-sensitize him a little and make him less reactive hopefully.
Also be sure he’s getting enough exercise and has plenty of tough chew toys and activities to keep him busy. Excessive barking can result from boredom or too much pent-up energy which has no where to go. A tired pup is generally a ‘good’ pup!
Bear in mind that Bravo is an adolescent right now, and he’s just beginning to feel those ‘guardian’ urges which are part of his genetic make up. Many pups don’t know exactly how to handle these feelings and either over, or under, react…. barking and being overly ‘defensive’ or barking and then hiding or whining. Kind of like a teenage boy who’s full of false bravado! This is probably playing a role in Bravos’ behavior right now and will improve as he matures and becomes more confident.
There are no-bark devices which you can set up outside your house to deter nuisance barking. They emit a very high-pitched sound in response to barking within a certain distance from the unit. Dogs can hear this but people can’t.
This device looks like a birdhouse and works outside PetSafe Outdoor Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent, and this one is to control indoor barking… PetSafe PBC-1000 Ultrasonic Indoor Bark Control. You can find several different designs and options.
If all else fails (and do give these measure above a try, and plenty of time to take effect), then there is another option… dog training collars.
I’m not a huge fan of ‘no bark’ collars or remote training devices in general, although there are definitely times and situations where they’re really your best bet. I would think this is one of those situations.
There are ‘remote’ training collars where you can control the ‘correction’ (and I’d recommend a ‘tonal’ or audio correction rather than a ‘pulse’ or electronic one if at all possible), and when you combine that with being in the dogs’ presence and verbally correcting him at the same time, it’s the most effective method.
There are also no-bark collars that are activated in response to the barking, without your input. If you choose one of these to try, I’d recommend a citronella-spray collar, or tonal/audio correction. It’s a personal thing, but I would prefer to use the electronic pulse collars as a last resort. Whichever type you choose, at least in the beginning try to verbally correct your dog for barking at the same time as the collar sprays… that way he’ll connect the two!
Here’s an example of a citronella-spray no bark collar for you to look at…
You might also want to take a look at this remote training collar, it’s a quality product, specifically designed for large breed dogs and comes with full training instructions….
I hope that you find one, or a combination of several, of these tips help you to get Bravo to calm down and be a bit quieter. Best of luck with him.