Tips to Stop a Little Dog from Barking at the Dog Park

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: July 3, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with a four-year-old Yorkie named Jango who needed help to stop barking at dogs and stop dog reactivity.

I chatted with Jango’s guardians about their main dog behavior concerns and I learned that he is reactive to other dogs. When a dog has dog reactivity like Jango it’s best to help the dog learn how to cope with their barking or other reactive behavior slowly over time. I wanted to teach them how to let Jango do most of the work himself while his guardians were there to support him. I showed them the Behavior Adjustment Training method or BAT which you can watch below.

As you can see in the video above Jango learned fairly quickly how to be around dogs at a distance. It was helpful to be at the dog park because we could take advantage of all of the dogs there naturally. We sat near the entrance to the dog park so Jango had the most opportunities to work through his reactive behavior.

I want to remind the guardians to work on this slowly and consistently. It is much better for Jango to go frequently to the park for short periods of time, such as 30 minutes or so rather than going less often and for longer periods of time. The more experience that he gains the quicker he will be able to greet other dogs and be confident and comfortable. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Jango’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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