Territorial Barking and Alarm Barking: Quieting those Dogs

This post is part of the series 10 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How to get the to Stop Barking

Other posts in this series:

  1. 10 Most Common Reasons Why Dogs Bark
  2. Attention & Demand Barking: How to End it
  3. Play Barking and Excitement Barking in Dogs: How to Curb the Barking

You’re having a relaxing Sunday morning on the couch when suddenly your dog or dogs go crazy.  Must be someone walking past the house, and your dog wants to make sure you know.  He’s sounding the alarm.  Territorial barking can be quite annoying in dogs.  Especially if you live on a street with heavy foot traffic.  Which means the dog(s) bark constantly.

You drop a pan and the loud noise startles your dog.  And then the barking starts.  Alarm barking isn’t much better than territorial barking.  Luckily, the same things can help with both kinds of barking, and quieting those dogs.

Blocking the view of territorial barkers

In the first scenario, we talked about how dogs bark when someone walks past the house.  The easiest way to stop this type of territorial barking is by blocking the dog’s view of the area with the most dog barking inducing stimuli.  Blinds, curtains,

Closing the blinds or curtains can certainly help.  But for a more permanent solution, window privacy film that can be repositioned is great.  Start with the film a few inches higher than your dog’s line of sight.  Then as the territorial barking subsides, and the dog spends less time looking at a window he can’t see out of, gradually lower the film inch by inch.  Eventually, you’ll be able to reclaim your windows and your view.  Without having to listen to your dog announce every passing stranger.

Background noise for alarm barkers

We live next to a very active, busy church.  There always seems to be something going on there.  And although we left a good section of forest between our house and the church parking lot to reduce the view, the dogs can still hear the car doors slamming.  Which sets off their alarm barking.

Having background noise, such as the television or stereo playing helps block out the voices and doors slamming.  So as soon as we notice there’s something going on at the church, we turn on the TV.

A Quiet command

Does your dog know a command for being quiet?  If not, you really should work on that.  At our house the quiet command is “Enough” and everyone knows then to be quiet.  An ultra sonic bark controller helps when the excitement is too much for them to hear the quiet command.

Having a quiet command helps with all types of dog’s barking.  It’s a great command to work with your dog on.

Exercise for quieting those dogs

A tired dog is a good dog.  That’s the motto here at the Foster Pack house.  Making sure your dog gets enough exercise is the key to lots of doggy behavioral problems.  Both mental and physical exercise.  Play time or a long walk is a great way to get the physical exercise needed.  Working on basic dog training commands can help with the mental exercise.  Remember, dogs love to learn!

This post is part of the series 10 Reasons Why Dogs Bark and How to get the to Stop Barking

Other posts in this series:

  1. 10 Most Common Reasons Why Dogs Bark
  2. Attention & Demand Barking: How to End it
  3. Play Barking and Excitement Barking in Dogs: How to Curb the Barking

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