Hey, we all know dogs are going to bark. It's their natural and only way to communicate with each other and the rest of the world. While most dogs will bark for a good reason, there are some that seem to bark for little or no reason, such as when the neighbors come out in their yard. Some breeds are more prone to excessive barking than others. Often, it is not the need to train your dog not to bark at all (this isn't likely to happen), it is the need to train your pup not to bark at specific times. Your neighbors are sure to appreciate the fact that they will finally be able to go out in their yard without your pup going ballistic.
Essentially, the concept is to stop your dog from barking at
your neighbors. In order to do that, you first need to understand why your dog
is barking in the first place. There are four basic reasons why your dog keeps
barking at the neighbors.
No matter the cause, your job is to teach your dog not to bark at the neighbors or, for that matter, anyone else who happens to walk by your house. Bear in mind, you should never yell at your dog to stop barking, this will only exacerbate the situation. Make training sessions fun and positive or your dog will not want to learn.
The simple fact is that you can teach a dog to stop barking in most situations. No, you will not be able to stop his barking completely (short of surgically removing his voice box, which is not recommended), but at least you can train him when it is okay to bark and when it's not. You can use a variety of commands such as "No bark!" or "Stop barking!" You will need plenty of your pup's favorite treats and, if you use one, a training clicker. The most important thing to remember is that you need to be consistent with your pup, anything less will only lead to confusion that will make the barking worse, not better. One last thing, a muzzle is no substitute for proper training and should never be used to keep your dog from barking.
when my neighbors dog comes out in his yard my dog runs out and barks at him and is very acessive how do i fix it
Hello Dololres, Is your dog normally dog-aggressive or does he only respond to your neighbors dog that way? If Scoobie is normally friendly toward other dogs and your neighbors dog is also friendly and well socialized, I suggest coordinating a meet and greet in a neutral place with your neighbor and their dog, somewhere like the park or another part of your neighborhood, so that it's neither dog's territory. Take the dogs on a walk together and help them to get to know one another in a calm, structured way from simply hanging out together while doing something purposeful like heeling down the street. Have these walks regularly until the dogs are familiar with one another. Once they are friends, there should be less territorial-ism about the yard. If your dog normally does not get along with other dogs, you need to work on dealing with his aggression toward all dogs. I suggest joining a G.R.O.W.L. class in your area to safely socialize him with other dogs. G.R.O.W.L. classes are classes specifically for dog-aggressive or reactive dogs, who are socialized in a close careful setting under the supervision of a trainer while wearing muzzles to keep everyone safe. The class tends to work quicker than socializing more gradually from a distance. Also, work on teaching her the "Quiet" command so that you can clearly communicate to her what to do and she will understand. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Quiet" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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