Leonardo DiCaprio is on the screen--everyone in the room is captivated. Except for your dog, who isn’t so impressed. He barks and growls at the screen, ruining this delightful sight for everyone. It isn’t just Leo he has a problem with though, he constantly barks at the TV. This makes watching TV a somewhat unpleasant experience. You could just shut him out of the room, but you want to be able to cuddle and play with your dog while you watch our favorite shows.
Training him not to bark at the TV may also allow you to stop him barking in other situations too. You might be able to get a handle on his barking at strangers and other pets, which would make life a whole lot easier.
Training your dog not to bark at the TV isn’t as complicated as many people think. You’ll need to use tasty food to incentivize him to stay silent. You may also need to employ an effective ‘time out’ technique during training. There are also deterrence measures you can take and means of distracting him so you can finally enjoy the TV in peace and quiet. If he’s young, he should be eager to learn and kicking this habit may take just a few days. If he’s been barking at your TV for many years, you may need up to 3 weeks before you can finally silence him.
Succeed with this training and that brief time you spend relaxing in front of the TV will be just that, relaxing. You may also find training of this sort makes teaching your dog any number of other commands easier too.
Before you get to work you’ll need to collect a few bits. Stock up on treats, or break down his favorite food into small chunks. Cheese is a particular favorite among dogs! You’ll also need toys and food puzzles to distract him from the big screen.
Of course, you will need access to a TV during training, and at a time when you won’t be distracted by noisy kids fighting during commercials. You’ll need just 10 minutes a day for the next few weeks for training.
With all of those boxes ticked, it’s time to grab the remote and get to work!