How to Stop Your Dog from Barking When You’re in the Living Room
Barking is a natural and healthy method of communication for our fur-babies, and it’s important to not squelch their enthusiasm completely, however excessive barking can be distressing and inconvenient. One of the most common barking triggers is when people enter a space -such as when you enter the living room- so we’ll be focusing on this trigger today. Here are some tips to help you keep your pup’s barking to a minimum when you’re in the living room:
1. Implement Training Exercises
- Use Sit and Stay Commands – Using a command such as “sit” and “stay” when you enter the living room can help train your dog to stop barking when they see you. Once your dog has stopped barking, you can reward them with a treat or positive reinforcement.
- Set Up a Clear Reward System – Offer your pup treats or praise whenever they stop barking and remain seated. Using clear rewards helps to reinforce the desired behavior and should help curb unnecessary barking over time.
2. Provide an Appropriate Outlet
Barking is your pup’s way of expressing itself, and it’s important to create an outlet for their energy. Consider providing your pup with toys, or engaging them in activities such as fetch or tug-of-war. Distraction with exercise can help to redirect the barking foster a positive connection.
3. Create a Sensory Barrier
It can be helpful to create a visual barrier between you and your pup, as this can help to reduce their stress levels and help to prevent unnecessary barking. Consider setting up a partition, such as a baby gate or a sofa, to create a physical barrier that can help to reduce your pup’s anxiousness.
4. Foster Positive Associations
Our four-legged friends are often stressed by a variety of environmental stresses, such as loud noises, changes in routine and oncoming visitors. When you’re about to enter a room, consider using verbal cues to help your pup associate you with pleasant rewards. This can be anything from providing a toy, to providing a tasty treat. Over time, this can help to develop a positive association between you and your pup and help to reduce barking.
5. Remain Calm
It’s important to remain calm when your pup is barking. Drastic reactions can often anxiety to the situation and cause more barking. Speak in a gentle, soothing tone and do your best to stay composed and patient.
Barking can be a nuisance, however it is important to remember that your pup is not deliberately trying to annoy you. It is important to provide them with the necessary training, activities and reinforcements to help them communicate in healthier and more appropriate ways. With patience and consistency, you should be able to reduced your pup’s barking and create a calmer and happier atmosphere in your living room.