Nothing beats those first few weeks of having a new dog in your home. If they’re a puppy you just want to cuddle them all day long. Boston Terriers, in particular, are small, sharp and lively. They make the ideal addition to a home. However, despite him being less than a couple of feet from the ground he may well have a surprisingly loud bark. To start with, it was entertaining but now it’s driving you up the wall. It’s also putting a strain on your relationship with the neighbors. A dog that barks makes bringing new people to the house uncomfortable too.
Training him not to bark will solve a world of problems. You’ll be able to relax and get an undisturbed nights sleep and you won’t need to worry when you introduce him to new pets and friends.
Training a dog not to bark can be challenging, especially if you’re unsure what the cause is. Boston Terriers are usually very friendly, so putting your finger on the problem can be even more confusing. Once you have identified the problem you can set to work remedying it. You’ll need to use a number of deterrence measures. You can also train him to be ‘quiet’ on command. This can be a very effective way to silence the habit. To do that, you’ll need the right incentive. Most Boston Terriers will do pretty much anything for food, so that will be essential.
If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner and you could see results in just a week. If he’s old and stubborn be prepared to invest several weeks into training. Get this right and you’ll have your peaceful and relaxing evenings back.
Before you can start work you’ll need to collect a few bits. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will be needed for one of the methods. You’ll also need a stockpile of treats or his favorite food broken into small chunks. The more he loves the food the quicker you may see results.
Then you’ll need to set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Try and find a time where you won’t be distracted by noisy kids charging around.
Once you have all of that, you just need to bring patience and perhaps some earplugs, then you’re all set!