Training a Deaf Dog to Stop Barking…
Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! It goes on for hours and hours and hours. How do dogs do that? It doesn’t sound like they ever take a breath, but they keep on and on and on — barking at WHAT, we don’t know. Barking is natural for dogs. They don’t have to learn to bark. They apparently come into this world knowing how to bark all night long.
You and your barking dogs are at odds. He wants to bark, and you want him to stop. So, how do you go about convincing a dog that doing what comes naturally for him isn’t acceptable behaviour for you?
The first step in training a deaf dog to stop barking is you need to understand why the dog is barking before you know how to stop him. Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Sometimes dogs bark as a warning to other animals to stay away. Sometimes dogs might bark out of fear (during a thunderstorm, for example but not that relevant for deaf dogs). Then dogs will bark just because they are bored and don’t have anything else to do. Dogs will also bark when they are left alone simply because they object to being left alone.
The methods for stopping a dog from barking incessantly depends upon the reason for the barking. If the dog is barking hysterically because he is afraid, a vet might be able to give you a mild tranquillizer that will calm the dog. If the dog is barking out of boredom, simply providing him with more attention might solve the barking problem.
There are as many methods for stopping excessive barking as there are reasons why dogs engage in excessive barking. The first thing to do is to determine the reason for the barking and then find out how to stop it. Ask your vet for further information.
Training a deaf dog is extremely rewarding and well worth the effort. I wish you success with training yours.