4 Steps In Teaching Your Dog The “Quiet” Command

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All of us pet parents know that dogs ‘bark’. Barking is a way of communication for dogs, and we cannot take that away from them.
Although barking is very much helpful to determine your dog’s moods, it can be very annoying for some who has dogs that barks loudly at any given time anywhere. This is a problem especially if your dog barks in the middle of the night, waking you up and the neighbors.
If you are very familiar with your dog, you will be able to notice that your dog has a playful bark, an endearing bark, and many more. But loud, full barks that cause disturbances to you and your family is not good.
Since barking is communication, it can mean a lot of things depending on the situation. You might want to take note about these common reasons why dogs bark.

1. Scared

Sometimes, dogs get scared at certain objects or noises that causes them to be startled. There are even little things that could grab their attention but still scares them. As one of the most common reasons that dogs bark, take note of the fact that this happens anywhere, even in the territory of other dogs.
How to teach your dog the quiet command

2. Protective or territorial

Dogs are territorial animals, so they do everything it takes to defend their own territory. They might bark at almost any invader that they can come across to: humans, animals, other dogs, etc. If the invader stays too long, it may trigger excessive barking.
Our canine companions consider them as a threat and once it gets closer, their barks could grow louder and louder. It is much more noticeable since you can see your dog looking more alert and aggressive while barking.

3. Playful or greeting

Have you noticed that whenever you get home, your dog barks a lot? You will be able to notice that it is different to his defensive barking, as it sounds more playful and happier. It is usually accompanied by a playful behavior with his tail wagging so hard.

4. Loneliness and boredom

Dogs are known to be pack animals. Sometimes when they are left alone, they tend to become sad or bored. This can be accompanied by short barks in order to gain attention from others.

5. Separation anxiety or compulsive barking

When left alone, dogs usually bark excessively especially if they have separation anxiety. You can notice this easily especially if they are accompanied with other symptoms like pacing, destructiveness, and many more.
They bark so that they would hear their own voices and often tend to be restless. These restless behavior can often be seen as running around in circles, or running along the fence as if chasing someone outside.

The “Quiet” Command

How to teach your dog the quiet command
The ‘quiet’ command can be anything, it can be replaced with ‘stay’, ‘stay down’, or even stop. It is a very useful technique in making your dog stop his excessive barking.
Although it is easy to make them learn about the quiet command, it is much recommended by trainers to teach your dog how to respond to the “speak” command.
The “speak” command can be “bark” or “speak”. Nevertheless, it is always almost the same, but there is a difference in the command itself.
If your dog is usually excited and has an issue with excessive barking, it would not work well to train your canine companion to respond to the quiet command. Thus, teach yourself the quiet command first before teaching him the quiet one.
Prior to the training session, try to play with him for some time. This actually spends most of his energy and causes him to focus more on the training session itself.
Another situation that can be useful for training is that when your dog is hungry. Treats can be enticing and very appealing for your dog. Short training sessions are recommended but make it more frequent.
The following steps are the full training method for your dog to stop barking on your command:

1. Command your dog to “speak”

At the start of every training session, you have to teach your dog to start barking on your cue. This is a confirmatory test that could serve as a baseline for you to control your dog’s excessive barking. Once he starts, you can now move on to the next phase: stopping his barking.

2. Command to be “quiet”

If your dog stays barking, introduce him the “quiet” command. Every time he stops after you say “quiet”, place a treat near his mouth or nose. If he completely stops barking, give it.

This introduces a positive reinforcement since he will associate the “quiet” command positively, so that whenever he stops barking after hearing the quiet command, he will receive the treat.

3. Continue gradually

The key is consistency. Try to continue this practice and eventually wait a little longer every time. Try to start with giving out the treat after every stop in barking. After your canine companion’s accustomed to it, increase the frequency in which you give out treats.
Try to start with giving out a treat for every two barks, then three barks, four barks – gradually increasing as time goes by. Take note of how many barks are you going to give a treat for, because if the sequence stops, it might ruin the whole training regimen for your canine companion.

4. Enforce in a calm environment

After calmly responding to the quiet command in a calm environment like your backyard, try to introduce certain triggers in a controlled environment. If you know your dog ever since, you will be able to notice what triggers your dog’s barking.
If your dog barks at the sound of the doorbell, try to simulate the situation by letting another person ring your doorbell while you are with your dog telling him to stay quiet.
Give out the quiet command after he barks and reward him if he stops barking. Continue to do this until he stops barking immediately. You might want to wait a little longer until he can fully follow the command before giving out the treat. Continue doing this until your canine companion can fully follow the command.