I used to treat my dogs like people. I would talk to them and try to reason with them. Sometimes I would try to bribe them with a treat.
Unfortunately, this never worked for long. The bad behaviors returned.
Once, I was even reinforcing bad behavior by the treats I was giving – not on purpose, of course, but it was definitely happening.
And I got increasingly frustrated. Which led me on an epic quest for a real solution to barking when I leave and peeing in the house.
I tried lots of things and lots of methods and finally stumbled on an approach that made a HUGE difference for me.
What did work (and no-one was more surprised than me) was learning Dog Psychology and understanding how to communicate with my dogs in a way that their little brains really “get”.
Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking When I Leave The House
I’ve got the help you need. Promise.
Today I’m going to show you a technique that will help you stop dog barking every time you leave the house in a simple way that doesn’t require you yelling at your dogs and is a great resource for how to train a dog not to bark.
And it all has to do with Dog Psychology.
In this video Doggy Dan (my favorite trainer) uses a short lead technique to get a very happy, very excited Boston Terrier named Bella to calm down and stop barking.
Video Case Study: How Do I Train My Dog to Stop Barking?
This video is about 4 minutes long and the transformation of little Bella (the Boston Terrier puppy) from excitable barking to being much calmer is remarkable.
Watch the video and then keep reading, because I’m going to break down the techniques for you.
While the short lead is VERY important to this technique being successful, what’s even MORE important is watching how the dogs react to Bella and using Dog Psychology instead of treating Bella like a person.
Dog Training Tips for Barking – Video Breakdown
Their are three main steps in this technique. It starts with observing what the other dogs do.
Step 1: Calming a Barking Dog by Example
As humans we have a tendency to get louder when faced with loudness. So if someone is yelling at us, we usually yell back. It seems to be a built in response.
But notice in the video how the other dogs are reacting to Bella. They aren’t yelling back by barking, they’re ignoring her.
By ignoring her they’re showing leadership in dog terms and this calmness will help Bella to calm down.
When we use this kind of Dog Pyschology it helps our dogs calm down.
Step 2: Using a Short Lead to Get Your Dog’s Attention
Instead of yelling, you’re going to use a short lead to get your dogs attention.
Watch how Doggy Dan does this in the video. Instead of yelling, he gently controls Bella’s barking and running away with the short lead.
IMPORTANT: When you’re using a short lead to train your dog, make sure you stay close by. Never leave a short lead on a dog when you are going away for a long period of time, they can get it caught on things and hurt themselves.
Step 3: Be Patient and Keep Working at It.
When you’re working with your dog on a new behavior, it’s important to keep working at it.
This is one area where dog brains and human brains are A LOT alike. We both need repetition to learn a new behavior.
What you’re looking for is improvement, not instant results. And your improvement will probably look more like a stock market ticker than a straight line. With upward progress and small set backs.
This is 100% normal and if you keep practicing, you and your dog will get there.
Recommended Dog Training Courses to Stop Dog Barking When I Leave
There are two online video based training courses that I recommend.
These two courses serve two very different purposes. The Doggy Dan course is the best behavioral training course that I’ve ever used. It tackles problem behaviors like barking in ways that are innovative and kind and most of all WORK.
The Brain Training for Dogs course is a course that will help give curious and bored dogs something to do so that they don’t get destructive. Bored dogs often behave badly. The games in this course are fun to play with your dog and they go from easy to very advanced. If you think your dog is barking out of boredom this video course is a good choice.
The Bottom Line: How to Keep My Dog from Barking When I Leave
This is a technique that I’ve used with my two dogs. And it works really well. The big key is staying calm and focused while continuing to work on the behavior.
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