An Easy Way to Stop a Dog From Barking at People or Dogs

By: David Codr

Published Date: July 24, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we help 2 year-old Doberman Pinscher Willow stop barking at other dogs when she is in the yard.

We met Willow outside using what I call Greeting Protocol One, leaving a trail of treats on the sidewalk leading up to us. As Omaha’s Dog Behavior expert, Ive found meeting dogs outside this way can help avoid a dog acting in a territorial manner and it worked to perfection for this session.

We went over a number of dog behavior tips and some impulse control exercises. Anytime you have a dog who barks in the yard or territorially barks at strangers, teaching the dog self control exercises is a great way to get started.

One of the thinigs we went over was a Susan Garret impulse game called Its Yer Choice. Its a simple and easy way to help the dog develop impulse control which will help stop the dog’s barking problem. Dominique worked on this exercise with Willow as I was going over some other dog behavior secrets with her guardians. When it was Dominique’s time to teach the humans, Willow had it down solid.


Dominique teaches Willow’s guardians the Its Yer Choice game

Later in the session, I went over some clicker training. Ive found this is a great way to help the dog practice listening to and obeying the humans. Having a dog practiced at listening to its guardians is crucial when you are trying to teach a dog to stop barking at people outside the yard.

You can learn how we trained the dog to stop barking at the neighbors dogs or not bark as people pass the house by watching this free positive dog training video. ANyone can do this, even if you are not a professional Doberman dog trainer.

I have used this type of clicker training to stop many dogs from barking at people or dogs outside of their yard. While the dog may still bark a bit, this gives the human the ability to call the dog away from the fence. This works best if done before the dog starts to bark. This is an easy way to stop dog barking if you practice a few times a day for a week or three with super high value treats.

Since the dog also barks at various sounds, we may need to come back in a few weeks to do some counterconditioning to stop the barking bahavior. I didnt want to schedule an appointment now as for many of our clients, other dog behvaior problems stop once the humans adopt the changes we cover in our in home dog behavior training sessions.

To help the guardians remember everything we talked about in this in home Omaha dog training session, we filmed a roadmap to success video that you can check out below.

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