Barking is a normal behavior for dogs, but there are ways to teach your puppy not to bark excessively when out on walks.
Start by identifying the triggers of your puppy’s barking. Does he bark when passing other people? When passing cars? When other dogs come near him? Setting up a consistent reward-and-discipline system will help your pup learn when it’s okay for him to bark and when it isn’t.
Before heading out for walks, set up some training sessions with your pup inside the house in which you can reward him for exhibiting desired behaviors, such as refraining from barking or sitting quietly. Once he’s mastered this behavior indoors, he’ll have an easier time exhibiting it while out on walk.
While you’re out on walks, start off by keeping lots of distance between your pup and triggers which may cause him to bark: avoid people who cause him to bark, or only allow him to stop and greet those people if he remains quiet during the process. If your pup begins barking while on a walk, give the command “Quiet!” and pull gently but firmly back on his leash until he stops barking. Give him treats once he stops so that over time, will learn that whenever he hears “Quiet!” he should refrain from barking for a treat. In addition, making sure that your pup gets plenty of exercise before going for a walk will help tire him out so that he may be less inclined to bark excessively while on the move.
Establish yourself as the leader of the pack
The most important step in getting your puppy to Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Large Dogs (2-Pack) stop barking at everything on walks is to establish yourself as the leader of the pack. Your puppy will look to you for guidance but if he sees you as an equal, he will not respect any commands you give.
You need to demonstrate that you are the leader by showing him authority and setting boundaries. When giving verbal commands, make sure your voice projects confidence and assertiveness. If your puppy does bark when you issue a command, it’s important not to get angry and punish him. Instead, calmly repeat the command until he obeys.
You will also want to be consistent with rewarding appropriate behavior by giving treats or praise whenever your puppy responds positively to a command. As your pup grows older and learns more complex commands, start making walks more enjoyable by adding fun activities like playing fetch or talking to passersby. By doing this you can help foster strong bonds between you and your pup, reinforce positive behaviors on walks, and make sure everyone has fun!
Ignore the barking and avoid “rewards” for it
One of the most important steps to getting your puppy to stop barking on walks is to ignore the barking. Dogs respond well to positive reinforcement, so if you praise them for barking or give them a treat when they bark it may actually make things worse. Instead, try ignoring the barking and rewarding them with treats and praise when they stay quiet instead.
It’s also important that you avoid walking past any triggers that may cause your pup to start barking. If there are certain things such as other animals or people that he tends to bark at, then simply walk around them rather than trying to calm him down while he barks.
Finally, be sure not to pull on their leash or jerk them away from whatever thing is causing them to bark in the first place. This can cause them to become overly stressed and only increase their anxiety levels, leading even more barking in the future.
Use verbal commands and hand signals
Using verbal commands and hand signals with your pup will help them stop barking at everything on walks. The first step is to find a calm, quiet spot when training. When you come across something that triggers your dog’s barking, hold up your hand in a “stop” motion. At the same time, use a firm voice and say “no bark” (or similar command).
If your pup continues to bark after this, take their leash and walk away from the situation until they stop barking or calm down. Each new opportunity should be treated as an exercise – reward them with a treat when they obey the command correctly! This positive reinforcement can help reduce any vocal outbursts on walks in the future. Working with your pup consistently is key; over time their behavior should begin to improve.
Distract the puppy with treats
Treats can be an effective way to distract your puppy and stop their barking. This works especially well if your pup is feeling scared or nervous about something – a treat can help them calm down quickly. To start, have your pup sit and stay still for a few moments. Once they are focused on you, gently offer them a small treat and tell them “Good!” as they look towards you. With enough practice, they will learn to associate this positive reinforcement with being quiet while out on walks.
Another trick that often works is having the pup wear a backpack during walks. Let them carry some treats of their own in the backpack so that whenever they start barking at everything, you can quickly distract them by offering them one of those treats instead. You can also fill the backpack with toys or other interesting items for the puppy to explore; this might help keep their mind off random things that would otherwise cause them to bark. Through repetition of these methods, eventually your pup will learn better behavior while on walks and stop barking at everything!
Practice on off-leash walks in secure areas
One solution for getting your puppy to stop barking excessively on walks is by practicing off-leash walks in secure areas. Taking your pup on leisurely, off-leash walks will help them learn how to socialize with other animals and people in a comfortable, safe space. That’s why it’s key that you look for places where there are no distractions or trigger points (like construction sites, dogs running free, etc.) – rather somewhere calm and open.
During these peaceful off-leash walks, you can teach your pup the language of commanded actions such as sit, stay, come and more. As you train your pup this way, they’ll become familiar with commands while developing deeper trust with you — two results that will help keep them from barking at every other sight on their led walk.