How Do I Train My Dog Not To Bark?

When you adopt a puppy, you take on the responsibility of training them in virtually everything they need to become healthy and happy adult dogs. Also, to make sure that you, as their pet parent, stay healthy and happy as well.

Training takes time, patience, and energy and, frankly, is often rather frustrating. Unlike a child, your puppy doesn’t understand what you’re saying. Also, they can’t respond using words, making the task more difficult.

Of course, people have been training dogs and puppies for millennia, and there are plenty of proven methods you can use to train yours also. Many training methods make it easier to train your puppy and make life more manageable for both of you.

As I was walking my dog the other day, I was thinking about this very thing. One of my neighbors has a dog that barks up a storm every time I walk by. I always hear my neighbor yell at their dog to be quiet, but it never works.

Obviously, they weren’t successful in training their dog not to bark, which brings us to today’s question, how do I train my dog not to bark? 

The answer is you can use several different methods to train your dog or puppy not to bark.  One of them is to simply say “quiet!” in a calm but firm voice when they start barking. When they stop, give them a treat and plenty of praise.

This method will take some time and effort, but, in most cases, it works. By the way, it helps to use a treat they like a lot to be more persuasive.

Now that you know one method to train your dog not to bark, you probably have other questions about training and barking. For example, how do you teach a dog to be quiet, and how do you stop nuisance barking?

For the answer to those questions and several others, please keep reading. I have them for you below as well as some excellent advice and tips. 

Can You Train Dogs Not to Bark at Everything?

The truth about training dogs and puppies not to bark at everything is that it’s not always successful. Dogs bark to communicate, voice their emotions, and when they are bored, among other things. Training them not to do this is difficult and, in some cases, impossible.

However, you can train your dog to bark less frequently and obey your commands when you tell them to stop. There are several methods to do this:

1. Ignore your Puppy when they bark

Some puppies bark simply to get your attention. Giving your pup your attention is like giving them a reward, which teaches them barking is a good way to get your attention. On the other hand, ignoring them shows them barking doesn’t work.

2. Don’t Let your Puppy Out of their Crate when they’re Barking

If you use a crate during the day or at night (or whenever), don’t let your puppy out because they bark. This has the same effect as the previous example and teaches your puppy that barking is the way to get what they want. Instead, ignore them until they stop barking and then let them out.

3. Close the Curtains if they Bark at People Walking By

Does your puppy bark at everybody, and everything, that goes by the window? If so, close the curtains. It’s an easy, fast way to manage their behavior. If they start barking and you close the curtains in their face, it shows that barking causes the world outside to be “turned off,” so to speak.”

4. Desensitize your Puppy to Stimuli that Make them Bark 

Some dogs and puppies bark at specific things, like children playing, squirrels, birds, etc.  One way to prevent them from barking is to desensitize them to this stimulus. 

The best way to do this is by using treats and praise. Tell them to stop barking first and when they do, give them a treat. You need to be consistent so that they begin to understand that barking isn’t good behavior.

How Do You Stop Nuisance Barking?

As the name suggests, nuisance parking can be a real nuisance. Below are 4 tips to stop your puppy or dog from nuisance barking:

  1. Never yell at your puppy or dog when they bark. It can be confusing, and some will bark with you to join in. Stay calm, don’t yell, and use other training methods and tips to reduce their barking.
  2. Don’t reward your dog for barking but rather for staying quiet. If they bark, tell them to be quiet. When they do, give them a treat. In time, they will associate not barking with getting treats.
  3. Make sure your puppy is getting plenty of exercise. Without it, they will have a lot of pent-up energy that is often used to fuel their barking.
  4. Teach them the simple command “quiet.”  This is an easier command than many others, including “shut up,” “stop barking,” etc. While teaching them the command, be sure to reward them when they listen.

What Dogs Bark the Most?

Several dog breeds bark more than others. If you’re contemplating adopting a puppy but haven’t made a decision and want to avoid a breed that barks a lot, I’ve listed them below:

  • Beagles
  • Yorkshire Terriers
  • Miniature Schnauzers
  • Fox terriers
  • Poodles
  • Pekingese
  • Maltese
  • Pomeranian
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Lhasa Apso

What Dogs Bark the Least?

Just as there are dog breeds that bark a lot, some bark a lot less. When adopting, if you wish for a dog that is quiet and calm, choose the following:

  • Golden retriever
  • Italian greyhound
  • Saluki
  • Whippet
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Mastiff
  • Saint Bernard
  • Great Dane
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Newfoundland
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Collie

Why Does My Dog Bark so Much?

There are a variety of reasons your dog or puppy barks so much. I mentioned earlier that dogs use barking as their main form of communication. If they’re barking a lot, they’re likely communicating the following things:

  • They’re happy. Many dogs will bark because they’re super excited and happy to see you. That’s especially true if you’ve been gone all day.
  • They’re lonely or bored. A bored puppy or dog will bark simply because they have nothing else to do. Also, to show their displeasure at being left alone.
  • They’re scared. When a dog is scared of something, it will typically bark until whatever is causing its fear is gone.
  • They’re protecting their territory. This is one of the biggest causes of barking for dogs. If an animal or person comes into their territory, they will bark until that person is shown to be a friend or the animal goes away.

Final Thoughts

As I mentioned at the outset of this blog, there are many ways to answer the question, “how do I train my dog not to bark?”  One of the best is to teach them the simple command “quiet,” although that might not be enough for some dogs and puppies to do the trick.

Hopefully, the training methods, tips, and advice I have given today will help you successfully train your dog or puppy not to bark.  If you have more questions or want to learn more about being a puppy parent, please refer to my various other blogs. Until next time, best of luck training your puppy not to bark. Be patient and persistent, and, in time, your efforts will be rewarded.