How to prevent a dog from barking at its congeners

How to prevent a dog from barking at its congeners
How to prevent a dog from barking at its congeners

Naturally, to communicate, dogs bark. They can do this for a variety of reasons, including to attract attention, to play, and to warn that there is a danger. But if they bark at another dog, it can be problematic and even annoying. If yours has gotten into the habit of barking at other people, you will need to train him and try different strategies to get him to stop this bad behavior.


Part 1 of 3: Stop Your Dog's Barking Through Relaxation

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Step 1. Both of you stay away from the other dog

If he barks like crazy when on a leash or when behind a fence, he experiences aggression out of frustration because he is frustrated with the fence. To relax him and relieve him of his frustration, you need to keep him on a leash and put yourself at a distance so that he can see the other dog but cannot react.

  • Choose an area where dogs are usually found. It could be a dog park or a pet store.
  • At first, you might practice a few times and make mistakes when trying to figure out how far you should both go. If you go to a pet store, you may need to stand at the edge of the parking lot or further down the sidewalk. If you are going to a dog park, you might be standing on the edge or in a corner.
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Step 2. Give him snacks

If he sees his fellow man, but doesn't bark or otherwise react, give him a treat. Instead of giving him the treat all at once, you should give it (continuously) in small pieces, all the time he sees that other dog without reacting. So you don't just continuously reward him, but also distract him while the other passes.

  • Stop giving him the treats after the other animal has passed. Remember to reduce the portion sizes you give her later, as you need to factor in any extra snacks you gave her during workouts.
  • As the workout progresses, replace the treats with praise and hugs.
  • Watch him closely to see if he is showing any signs that he is about to bark. He could indeed growl, have his hairs bristling, stare. The goal will be to give him prizes before he starts reacting or barking.
  • Over time, he'll likely turn to you for his treat when he's not barking or reacting.
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Step 3. Add a verbal command

In addition to the treat, you should consider giving him a verbal command to get his attention on you and away from the other dog. For example, you could choose a short sentence like "look here" or say a word like "look" and always say it when he sees the other animal. Say the command before giving him the treat so that he can associate the command with the reward.

It is very essential that you and the other members of your family use the same command so that there is consistency so that he knows when not to bark

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Step 4. Bring your four-legged animal closer

Challenge him by gradually getting closer to the other (for example, getting closer to the pet store or dog park). If under these conditions he reacts and barks, step back and try to work on that approach. Try to get a few feet closer with each workout. Continue to feed him his treats as before, until he barks or reacts.

You may need to get creative on how you are going to go about it. For example, if you are in a pet store, you may need to reposition yourself on the sidewalk or in the parking lot

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Step 5. Practice every day

It is important to train him every day so that he does not bark at one of his congeners. To keep him interested, workouts should only last five to ten minutes. Keep the workouts positive, allow her to be optimistic. Also, there needs to be a lot of positive reinforcement like praise, treats, hugs).

Part 2 of 3: stop your dog from barking during walks

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Step 1. Use a strong leash or harness when walking

Walking with your dog should be an enjoyable experience, not one where you have to stop him from barking or picking on another dog. If your pet is on a leash or wears a harness, you will be able to better control him if he barks or jumps at another. A strain relief harness is ideal because it won't hurt it if you suddenly have to pull away or pull it back.

  • Your first instinct will probably be to shorten the leash and hold it firmly. This can increase the likelihood of him pulling it. Hold the leash firmly, but not too tightly in your hand.
  • Be sure not to pull on the leash if you need to move it away while walking.
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Step 2. Choose another place where you can take him for a walk

There are many ways to prevent your pet from barking at fellow humans while out for a walk. One of them, and the easiest one, is to find another place. This will give him no reason to bark at another dog. Find an open, uncrowded space where they can feel more relaxed during the walk.

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Step 3. Move away from the other dog

If you can't find another place to take your walks, you will need to find other ways to keep him from barking when another dog inevitably approaches. For example, if you see this one (first), you can turn around and go. If possible, do this before he notices it too. This way he is not going to react.

  • Turn onto your dog's side and push him gently.
  • Teach him to turn around on command. Give it an order, say, for example, “turn around” or “turn around” and use a treat to do so. With a lot of practice and rewards, he will learn it.
  • Call him by name to get his attention, then run or back away while looking at him. This will keep his attention on you as you move away from the other dog.
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Step 4. Distract him

If you can distract his attention from the other dog, he will either stop barking or be tempted to do so. You might throw treats on the floor to distract him. So when the other one was passing by, yours would probably be too busy with the treats to notice.

You could also use a squeaky toy to distract him

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Step 5. Get him to walk

When a dog approaches yours, it may not only bark, it may also try to pick on it. If you teach him to walk, it will stop him. Give him a treat if he does.

Be aware that he may still bark, even if you can control his movements

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Step 6. Challenge him every now and then on your walks

These challenges may cause him to pay more attention to you than to other dogs. For example, try walking on a road with a slope if you used to walk on a flat road. You can also challenge it by making the walk more unpredictable: change speed or direction, walk around bushes or trees, walk on the sidewalk (provided there are no passing cars).

The challenges should be something that appeals to him

Part 3 of 3: stop your dog from barking at home

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Step 1. Teach him to bark on command

If your pet is barking at others at home, you can stop it by controlling its barking. You must first teach him the command "bark". Say it and then do something to make him bark. For example, knock on the door. If he barks more than once, put a treat in front of his muzzle and give it to him when he stops barking to sniff it.

  • Once he learns to bark on the "bark" command, you can teach him the "silence" command to stop him barking. Hold another snack in front of his nose and give it to him when he stops barking. With a little practice, he will learn to stop barking at other dogs when you say "silence."
  • It is best to start teaching him the "silence" command, in a place free from distractions. You can then use it in a place where it can probably see or hear another dog.
  • Do not shout when you say "silence". If you do, your dog will think you are barking too.
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Step 2. Let your pet do another activity

The goal would be to find something for him that can't get him to bark. For example, if he begins to do so, you can encourage him to play dead or roll over. In these positions, he will not be able to bark. In addition, the effort it puts in carrying out these commands will keep him from barking.

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Step 3. Block access to it

If you have a fenced yard, he may bark if he sees or hears another dog. You can stop the barking by bringing him inside so that he cannot see the other dog. If you're already inside, you might want to close the blinds or curtains.

  • If he can't hear or see it, he's not going to bark.
  • Your pet may engage in a "fight" through the fence with the other dog, where they may run from side to side along the fence, keeping the latter away. It might be fun for your four-legged pet, but it wouldn't be fun for you, the other animal, and their owner. Bring him inside if he starts to do this.
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Step 4. Give her something to play with

As with walks, a distraction can distract from other people. Kong toys are a great way to distract him because he can focus on them and play in them for long periods of time. You can also distract him by playing with him. You could play “fetch”.

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Step 5. Try to create white noise

This is kind of a background noise. Although your pet usually ignores it, this noise can reduce the noises they make or the cries of a dog walking outside. If you notice he's staring intently out the window and about to bark (if he hasn't already), turn on something that might make that kind of noise like a radio or television.

  • Noises and screams can trigger barking.
  • If he stops barking, please do him a favor by rewarding him.


  • The barking will allow him to release adrenaline, which will be good for him. He may bark at his fellow creature, but this is not good behavior.
  • It may take several days or even weeks to stop him from barking at his peers. The more he gets used to it, the longer it will take to get him to stop.
  • Before taking him for a walk, consider tiring him out with games like "fetch" first. If he is tired, he will be less likely to bark at others.
  • Stay calm when taking him for a walk. If you are tense, he will feel it and will be too.
  • If you think you have a habit of pulling firmly on the leash when you see another dog, try pairing this action with treats you give him. This can allow him to make a positive connection with behavior that would normally cause him to bark more.
  • Contact the vet or a trainer if you can't help but bark at other dogs.


  • If you don't deal with him right away, his barking and aggression towards others may get worse.
  • Adrenaline can cause him to quickly switch from arousal to aggression. In addition, heightened excitement in certain situations such as being in a dog park or a pet store may cause him to react more in other situations.
  • Do not shout "no" when he barks, because he will think you are barking too.
  • An underlying condition could be the cause of your dog's inappropriate barking. Take him to the vet to rule out any other medical causes that may be due to this problem.

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