Crate Training: 4 Steps to Curb Excessive Dog Barking

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How to Stop Crate Barking

When crate training, dog barking is a constant problem that comes with the decision of having a dog. But, if it isn’t addressed immediately and quickly, it will get you into a lot of trouble with your neighbors.

This scenario won’t be an option if you already incorporate dog barking control into your manners training steps for your dog.

Why Do Dogs Bark?

Dogs bark for a lot of reasons. They bark to mark territory, communicate with other dogs, give a distress call when they’re in need and they bark to express their anxiety.

It must be understood that barking is a natural dog impulse but if not kept in check, dog barking can also be a source of annoyance and distraction.

4 Easy Steps to Curb Dog Barking in the Crate:

Dogs bark anywhere and everywhere but the thing is, how do we stop them from barking too much?

Crates are one of the places dogs bark a lot since they may be uncomfortable or frustrated about being placed inside a confined area.

In this article, we will help you address dog crate barking issues in just 4 easy steps you can implement immediately to your dog.

1. Let your dog get the hang of its crate

First, let your dog be familiar and comfortable with its crate.

You can do this in a light and fun way by following the steps in 3 Fun and Simple Steps to Start Crate Training Your Dog blog.

2.  Open the door only when the dog stops barking

Dogs bark to signal their dissatisfaction at being held inside the crate. But, don’t open it just yet.

This is a perfect opportunity to let your dog know that you opening the crate and letting them out is the reward.

Work this to your advantage. When the dog stops barking for a time, open the crate and let him out for a job well done.

3.  Leave and reward

Dog barking is annoying but sometimes, the best way to address this issue is to be proactive about.

When the dog is barking, leave the room and wait for the barking to stop. When the dog stops, calmly reward him with a piece of his favorite treat.

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3

Repetition is the best way to leave a mark with your dog about his good behavior.

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It lets the dog identify the trigger for the behavior you wanted (in this case, no barking) and it easily do the necessary action you needed him to do.

It’s this cycle of trigger-response that gets your dog’s cognitive skills moving in the right direction of good behavior.

It is right to let dogs be natural in their reactions to surroundings.

However, if you’re too loose with them, it can result to build up of excessive and possibly annoying behaviors that will definitely cause you and your dog a lot of problems.

So, as it was always said, prevention is definitely better than cure.

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Questions: What other instances does your dog bark too much? What steps have you taken to address this behavior?


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