Bark Control - Common Training Mistakes
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Common Training Mistakes
Training a dog to stop barking takes a lot of patience. But, if you're training your dog the wrong way, all the patience in the world won't help. Here are some common mistakes.

MISTAKE #1: Your dog has his nose pressed to the window watching for cars. The first thing you need is a dog who has the ability to obey and relax. If your dog can lie down (dogs do not bark as much when lying down) and stay, you are well on the way to solving a nuisance barking problem.

MISTAKE #2: You yell every time he barks. In most cases shouting "No" is only going to make matters worse since the dog thinks you are barking too. Do not try to shout over the barking.

MISTAKE #3: Everyone in the house uses a different command. Be consistent. Pick a one-word command; e.g., "Enough" for the behavior you want to stop and everyone uses that word in the same tone of voice.

MISTAKE #4: You try to soothe or calm your dog. Do not hug your dog, talk soothingly, or otherwise play into your dog's barking. This reinforces his behavior and he will likely bark even more the next time.

Try a bark control collar or ultrasonic unit to help train your barking dog to stop.

PetSafe Deluxe Bark Control Collar
PetSafe Deluxe Bark
Control Collar

Our most effective and
versatile collar with
18 correction levels.
PetSafeĀ® Mini Indoor Bark Control Unit
PetSafeĀ® Mini
Indoor Bark Control Unit

Sleek, compact unit sets up anywhere; correction effective up to 25 feet.
Anti-Bark Spray Collar Deluxe
Spray Collar Deluxe

Releases a hypo-allergenic,
scentless spray in front of
your dog's nose to
discourage further barking.