You wouldn’t swap him for the world. He’s playful, devoted, energetic, fearless and friendly. However, one thing you didn’t realize was how noisy your Boxer pup was going to be. You’re frequently woken up in the middle of the night to his barking. You take him out for a walk and he barks at people and pets as they pass by. You often struggle to hear the TV over him in the evenings. His barking is becoming a bad habit and one that needs to be stopped now.
Training him to not bark will bring you some much-needed peace and quiet. It will also mean you can have guests over without him causing a racket. In addition, relations with neighbors who are fed up with the noise may improve too. Finally, this type of training will make it easier to stamp out other bad habits.
Training your Boxer not to bark is fortunately relatively straightforward. The first thing you will need to do is look at why he is barking. You can then take a number of steps to address the underlying issue. Also, deterrence measures will need to be taken. You may also need to use obedience commands to teach him to bark on command, so you can then train him to be quiet when instructed.
Because he’s a puppy he should still be learning the ropes and respond quickly to training. This means you could see results in just a week or so. But if he’s stubborn and particularly uninterested in learning then you may need up to a month. Get this right and you’ll no longer need to go to sleep with earplugs and you can go back to enjoying having your cute and cuddly puppy around.
Before you can start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A secure crate will be needed. A deterrence collar, water spray bottle and radio will also be needed for one of the methods.
You will also need to stock up on tasty treats. Some toys and food puzzles will also be required. Then set aside 10 minutes each day for training, at a time when you both won’t be distracted.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!