How to Stop Your Dog From Barking When You Come Home
Barking is one of the most common forms of communication for dogs, but it can become a problem if it’s excessive or aggressive. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to stop your dog from barking when you come home.
1. Limit Triggers
It’s important to be aware of what triggers your dog to bark. If playing loud music or talking loudly gets them worked up, it might be a good idea to limit these activities. Similarly, if your dog gets overheated or over-excited whenever you come home, try arriving home with fewer people or steaming-down the noise and commotion when you come through the door.
2. Ignore Unwanted Behavior
The best way to stop a behavior is to ignore it. This means no eye contact, no verbal reactions and no physical reactions. Even disciplining your dog for barking can make them bark more, as barking is rewarding for them and gets an expected response from you.
3. Redirect Their Attention
When you come home, redirect your dog’s attention from barking to an activity that calms them down. This could be playing a game with a toy or going for a walk. If your dog can channel all their energy into something else, they will be less likely to bark.
- Exercise is an effective way to manage your dog’s energy levels and reduce their urge to bark. Try to walk them at least one hour a day, and interact with them through play and training. This will help to both mentally and physically tire them.
- Consistency is key. If you ignore the barking one day and shout at them the next, your dog will become confused and it will take longer for them to learn what kind of behaviour you want.
- Obedience Training can help to teach your dog how to better control their impulses and behaviour, which will make them less likely to bark when you come home.
By applying the tips above, you’ll be able to curb the excessive barking of your dog when you come home. If the problem persists for longer than two weeks, it could be a sign of a bigger issue and you should consider seeking professional help.