Puppy barking is so cute—the first time. After that it quickly becomes one of the most annoying puppy sounds.
They are usually high pitched, loud and erratic. If you have a problem with unwanted puppy barking, here’s a brief guide on how you can stop it from happening without stifling your puppy’s natural method of communication.
Barking is normal, but it should be limited to certain situations. So here are some ways you can stop negative and excessive puppy barking.
Connect with Your Puppy
When a puppy barks, remember there’s a reason. That reason is often anxiety. A puppy that doesn’t feel secure in its own home will bark excessively—especially when he or she is alone or isolated from the rest of the household.
There are ways you can connect with your puppy so that anxiety dissipates.
- Eye contact exercises with your puppy
- Training your puppy to wait before eating
- Cuddle with your puppy
It’s about making your puppy feel safe and secure. Food, warmth and affection will ensure your puppy feels more at home.
A puppy who feels safe is less likely to bark excessively out of anxiety.
Bond with Your Puppy
Your new puppy will also want to feel as if it’s formed a relationship with you, which will make it content and settled in its new home.
Bonding with your puppy regularly eliminates boredom, which is a main cause of puppy barking.
Building a relationship with your puppy takes time and effort. Here are some effective ways to bond with your puppy:
- Brush your puppy every day. It may seem strange for your puppy at first, but this will soon become a ritual you both enjoy.
- Bath your puppy once a week. it’s best to get your puppy used to bathing so that it doesn’t become an issue later.
- Train your puppy from five months old. Training opens up communication between you and your new puppy, which will serve you well in the future.
Exercise and Play with Your Puppy
Exercise is one of the best cures for puppies who bark excessively. Keeping their minds and bodies stimulated for about an hour every day should stop puppy barking in most dogs.
Taking your puppy for a walk each day will do wonders for its mind, health and emotional state.
Playtime is also super important if you want to bond with your dog. Playing fetch is great, but here are some other great games you can develop for your puppy:
- Find the item. Teach your puppy to use its nose by hiding a toy or a treat and teaching your puppy to go find it.
- Tug of war. Play a game of tug of war with a rope.
- Walk the stick. Dogs love playing walk the stick. Let your puppy hold onto a stick in its mouth while you pretend to try take it away from it.
Meet Your Puppy’s Needs
A puppy has basic needs that must be met—just like ours:
- Food and clean water
- Access to a warm, comfortable and clean shelter
- Regular social interaction
- Enough space to run around freely
Check Your Puppy’s Health
Puppy barking isn’t usually caused by health problems. But injuries that you may not notice can lead to an excessive yelp-like barking that can drive you crazy.
Go over your dog’s entire body with your hand and feel for any wounds, scabs or lumps.
Encourage Permissible Barking
It’s important that your puppy learns the difference between good barking and bad barking.
The only way for this to happen is if you encourage your puppy to bark when it does so as a warning or a rodent in the house.
Remember it’s their way of communicating with us, so don’t stifle it completely.