Excessive barking is a nuisance to both you and those around your dog. Explore and expand your dog's training with this free video presented by a certified pet trainer.
Hi, my name is Sara Muzzy, Certified Dog Trainer with Fuzzy Muzzy Dog Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, and today I'm going to show you how to train your dog to stop their excessive barking. There is many reasons why your dog could have excessive barking and I'm going to talk about three of the most popular reasons. The first reason could be that your dog is highly reactive and distracted when he's outside. The first thing that you'd like to do if you're outside walking your dog and the dog has excessive barking is redirect their attention. To redirect their attention I teach a command called watch me. This is my dog Shamus and I'm going to show you how he does watch me. You first have your soft chewy treat, a buckle collar and a leash. You take the treat in front of the dog's nose, let them smell it, Shamus and take the treat up to the middle of your eyes. The dog should watch the treat, Shamus, watch me. Once the dog has an understanding of the hand signal you introduce the word watch me. This is a great refocusing tool when your dog has excessive barking and you're outside walking on the street. Another reason why your dog could have excessive barking is because the dog wasn't successfully socialized when he or she was younger. The best thing to do is take your dog out in public and introduce them to men and women, shopping carts, cars, children and all kinds of toys. If your dog sees an item or something that they're unfamiliar with they could get frightened and start barking at the object. So, take your dog out as often as you can and socialize them and introduce them to as many different things as possible. The third reason why your dog could have excessive barking is because they are bored. The best thing to do to solve this boredom is to take your dog on as many walks as you can for your dog. I recommend for a dog Shamus' size, 45 minutes twice a day. This will make your dog tired and happy. It's just that easy to train your dog to stop their excessive barking. In three simple steps you know you can do it. I'm Sara Muzzy with Fuzzy Muzzy Dog Academy.