Your puppy is in your yard when suddenly they start barking so much you think there must be trouble. You rush outside. There is your puppy, unharmed, barking like a maniac at an indifferent bird. You scold your pup, but it does no good. Any time your puppy catches site of a winged creature, the barking begins again. It doesn't matter if you are on a walk, at the park, or in your own yard. Any sign of a bird and your puppy loses his furry little mind. Training your puppy not to bark at birds is important for your sanity as much as the behavior of your dog.
Dogs, by nature, are predatory animals. When they see a prey-sized animal, such as a bird or squirrel, natural instincts can kick in and urge them to take chase. Barking is a part of this instinct, so keep in mind that expecting your puppy to stop barking altogether is unrealistic. However, you can teach them how much barking is acceptable. Be patient with your pup, especially when they are very young. They want to please you but are fighting very strong instincts. With some consistent rules and positive reinforcement, you can show your puppy what you expect from them and cut down on the bird-related barking.
Depending on the method you choose, you will need treats, a harness, and a leash. A CD, YouTube video, or other recording with bird sounds is also a good investment when working with your puppy to not bark at birds. You will need to expose your puppy to birds to change their reaction. It is best to start out in your own yard if possible. If not, go to a park with your puppy on a leash and stay close to your car in the beginning.