Barking is not bad. After all, this is how dogs are proclaimed. The barking is also pleasant, especially when it comes to a puppy that is learning to do so. But there are times when the barking of our dogs becomes so annoying that we would like to tell them to close it.
And guess what?
With the help of the “Silence” command.
That’s right, you do not have to match the volume of your dog by shouting “Close!” Because there is a more efficient way available in the form of a smoother but decisive “Silent” command.
Why teach your dog the “Quiet” command?
A bark can help to expel dangerous people (and animals) from your home, but does your dog have to bark relentlessly and loudly? We all have a neighbor who complained about our dog’s barking at some point, and I’m sure you also had the same bad thoughts when the dog barks (yours or others) kept you awake in the middle of the night.
One of my dogs starts barking as a way of asking us for food when we are at the table, and although we do not accept it, it seems that it does not stop. They make me nervous, especially when I feel exhausted by the events of the day.
The same dog begins to bark a frenzy in the morning, usually for no apparent reason. It has become a routine that everyone in our house has learned to tune into. But if you are in this type of situation and you say that you can effectively tell your dog to calm down, you would like to know how, right?
Fortunately, this is what we will discuss in this training article.
Now he has trained his dog some basic commands and how to get an object out of his mouth, and now it’s time to tell his dog to shut up.
Once you have taught this command to your dog, you can use it to prevent the dog from barking almost always and where necessary; in the dog park, in his backyard when the postman walks, in his house in the middle of the night, and so on.
What to prepare
Once again, you must stock up on exquisite treats, as we go for a reinforcement / positive reinforcement approach to train your dog with the “Silent” command.
Again, if you are a trainer using clicker training methods, load the clicker. Make sure your dog knows the basics of training with the clicker, such as what the click indicates (imminent reward), what triggers a click (good behavior), etc.
We will discuss two slightly different opportunities to train your dog to respond to the “Silence” command, but for one of these, you must train your dog to “Speak” first. This means that you have to teach your dog to bark in command.
If you do not want or do not have time to teach your dog the “Talk” command, that’s fine. You can take advantage of the other possible training opportunity: as long as your dog begins to bark incessantly. You can schedule approximately the training time if your dog likes a barking program like when the mailman arrives at your door.
If you plan to train your dog that way, keep the treats in strategic places around your home so you can easily access them once the barking begins. For example, somewhere near the entrance door, in the kitchen, etc.
Teach your dog the “Quiet” command
Whether you choose to train your dog at a specific time or only when the opportunity presents itself, it will be reduced in the same way.
Of course, training begins when the dog barks. Then, say “Speak” to your dog or wait for the dog to start barking.
Then, say “Silence” while holding your hand with a touch right in front of your dog’s nose.
Once the dog stops barking to sniff the treat, click on reward (if you use a button) or immediately reward the treatment, then verbally praise (if not a clicker trainer).
To make sure your dog knows that you are rewarding your silence and not barking, first reduce the amount of time that elapses between your command and silence by rewarding only if your dog is silenced within 10 seconds, then within 8, 6, and so on Therefore, you can take the point home even further by progressively increasing the amount of time you remain silent before rewarding it.
Over time, you can reduce sweets by just giving them sporadically or with exceptional responses, such as the immediate breakdown of the bark when the “Silence” command says. But do not stop verbal praise to continue reinforcing the behavior with your dog.
It is a pleasure to have dogs in our lives, but you can leave the second to guess their presence when they begin to move away. Fortunately, with only a few goodies