Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Dog Training: Greet Visitors Calmly
  2. 14 Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics
  3. Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command (Current)
  4. Beyond the Basics: Loose Leash Walking
  5. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Boundaries

While a Quiet dog training command most likely won’t save your dog’s life.  It most certainly could save your own sanity.  It’s probably the 11th most needed dog training command for a well-mannered dog.

While some barking is welcome, such as my dogs alerting me that someone pulled in the driveway, not all barking is so welcome, such as Monkey barking at the window for every leaf that blows by.  Who wants to listen to their furry friend bark constantly…  And your neighbors probably don’t appreciate it either.

How to Teach the Quiet Dog Training Command

Get out those high-value dog treats, you’re going to need them again.  If you have some new ones or new recipes, this would be a good time to break them out or bake them up.  You really want your dog to be interested in them.

Decide what your Quiet dog training command will be.  We use the word “enough”.  Not really by choice, but that’s apparently the word that came out of my mouth when I wanted them quiet.  So we stuck with it.

Then you can either wait for your dog to start barking or if you can control the stimuli that starts the barking, get him barking.

Once he starts barking, give him your chosen quiet command, while holding one of the high-value dog treats in front of his nose.  As soon as he stops barking, give him the treat.  Some praise and attention always help too.

To make sure that your dog knows that you want him to be quiet, and are rewarding his silence, try to reduce the length of time you wait, such as only rewarding when he quiets down within 5-10 seconds of the command.

Once your dog catches on that his silence is the requested behavior, continue to reduce the time in which he must be quiet to receive the treat, until he does it immediately.

This is a great command to practice on the fly, during your daily life too, not just during training sessions.  Just keep those high-value dog treats handy.

This post is part of the series Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics

Other posts in this series:

  1. Dog Training: Greet Visitors Calmly
  2. 14 Dog Training Commands: Beyond the Basics
  3. Beyond the Basics: Quiet Dog Training Command (Current)
  4. Beyond the Basics: Loose Leash Walking
  5. Beyond the Basics: Teaching Your Dog Boundaries
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