Stop Labrador Barking

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Published: 19th January 2011
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If you've decided it's time to stop your Labrador barking in your home, you will likely already know that there are only so many things you can do about the problem. After all, Labs are born to bark. Even though they have been developed and bred extensively over the years and centuries, barking is how dogs talk, and its how they let you know what's going on. If you're after a dog who doesn't bark at all, the only one is called the Bansenji.

So if you want to stop a Labrador barking, first you should recognise the reasons for their barking and which "barks" you can restrain.

The Reasons why Labradors Bark

Dogs bark for any number of reasons. Like when they are cross. They bark when they are happy. They even bark when they are scared. A summary of when you might notice your Lab to start barking is:

Territorial Barking

Alarm Barking

Attention Seeking Barking

Welcome Barking

Annoyance Barking

Compulsive Barking

Unwellness or Trauma Related Barking

So it's pretty obvious that a major part of what makes your dog who he is, is their barking. It isn't possible to prevent Labradors making noise totally. They're going to want to express themselves at times, regardless of what you do to inhibit their behaviour.

How to Prevent Labradors Barking

When your dog won't stop barking, begin by decide if their actions are warranted. Most likely it won't all be needed and so you can reduce it. If you've thought about it, and your Labradors barking should be controlled you need to consider the following questions.

When does the Lab bark?

What does the Labrador bark at?

Does the Labrador have a specific trigger?

If you see that your dog is barking so it can defend its property or is just alarmed by something, you can't just shout at them to stop. As it happens, if you negatively reinforce territorial barking, it can result in aggression like biting, or other forms. Your Lab doesn't recognize what you're trying to tell them. They stop the barking, but the territorial issues are still there.

Instead, you need to create a situation in which your dog will not feel that territorial urge to guard itself. This begins by taking control of your household. If you are the seen as the pack's leader, the dog will see the responsibility of protecting lies with you. A second option is to limit your Labrador's opportunity to see their home be threatened. Draw your curtains so he cannot see the mailman, get an opaque fence so they cannot see past the yard, and make sure they don't have open access to the windows at any time.

How you can prevent your Dog from experiencing Anxiety

If your dog has anxiousness issues, the barking might be a symptom pf something much greater. They want to contact you and will endlessly bark until you return. Most of the time, this is because you have rewarded them for this behaviour in the past. Like if they are excited when you return home and you give them attention right away. If you ignore your dog for the first few moments you come and go from home, even up to 15 minutes, then they'll stop making such a big deal over your whereabouts.

And a final, really good way to control the noise your Labrador making noise is to introduce them to the "speak" command. By teaching them those commands, it gives you power over their behaviour, and your dog will learn to only bark when it's necessary. An obvious advantage to this situation is that if an intruder comes in or something, you will still want your Labrador to warn you by barking.

Your Labrador barking doesn't need to be the annoyance of your entire community. Learn to control it early and you'll never need to worry about the neighbours banging down your door every day when you get home.

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