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Introduction

The doorbell rings and the barking begins. A family is walking past your house, and the barking begins. A neighborhood cat walks by the front window, and the barking begins. Sound familiar?

A common problem that many dog owners live with is excessive or inappropriate barking from their beloved canine companion. Not only can this type of behavior quickly become a habit, but it can disrupt and interfere with your daily life, your neighbors’ peace of mind, and your dog’s mental health. 

While it is entirely natural for dogs to bark, frequent barking often signals underlying issues with a dog. How can you put an end to unnecessary barking quickly? Try using a whistle!

Defining Tasks

Ideally, you want to determine what is triggering your dog to bark frequently. Patience and careful observation may be needed to find the sources of a dog’s desire to bark loudly and consistently. 

Sometimes the dog’s focus on the object of his frustration needs to be broken. For some dogs, a new squeaky toy or treat puzzle may be enough to interrupt the barking cycle. But other dogs may require a more intensely directed audible noise to create an associative distraction. 

That’s where using a whistle can assist you in diverting your dog’s attention to promote healthier --- and less noisy --- behaviors. Whistles emit sounds between 23 and 46 kHz, making the high-pitched sound unpleasant to your dog''s barking habits. 

Getting Started

Identify and choose for 1 last update 2020/07/02 a source of your dog’s barking, such as a doorbell ringing or a person walking in front of the house. Have a whistle ready; a silent “dog whistle” that only canines can hear or a regular whistle will work equally well for these training exercises. Be sure to have plenty of treats on hand so you can teach your dog to associate not barking with a tasty goodie.Identify and choose a source of your dog’s barking, such as a doorbell ringing or a person walking in front of the house. Have a whistle ready; a silent “dog whistle” that only canines can hear or a regular whistle will work equally well for these training exercises. Be sure to have plenty of treats on hand so you can teach your dog to associate not barking with a tasty goodie.

The Whistle-Stop Method

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Initiate barking
If your dog doesn't bark on his own, trigger the barking. For example, have a neighbor or family member walk on the sidewalk in front of your home, or ring the doorbell.
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Blow the whistle
As soon as your dog begins to bark, blow the whistle. Only use one, sharp blow, not repeated or lengthy whistles. The one abrupt sound should distract or surprise your dog and stop him from barking.
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Praise your dog if he remains quiet
If your dog quiets down right away, give him praise and a treat.
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Blow the whistle again
If your dog does not quiet down right away, blow the whistle once again to startle him and stop the barking. Once you notice he is listening to you and has stopped the noise, praise him and give him a treat.
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Repeat and be consistent
Repeat this procedure every time your dog barks in an unwanted fashion. Remember to be consistent. Eventually, your dog will associate excessive barking with the unpleasant sound of the whistle.
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The Automatic Whistle Method

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Buy automatic whistle device
Automatic high-pitched whistles can be found at your local pet store or online retailer.
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Choose a device that works for you
These whistles will automatically emit a high-pitched sound as soon as your dog begins to bark, so you don't have to stand around all day with a whistle at hand. A variety of options are available, from free-standing, battery-operated devices to whistles that can be mounted on your dog's collar.
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Redirect your dog's attention
After the first week of training, when your dog is distracted from barking by the automatic whistle device, begin to direct his attention to normal verbal or hand signals to indicate he should stop barking.
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Direct attention to a positive activity
If your dog begins barking again after the whistle blows, engage him in an activity such as playing with toys or games, or getting a brisk few minutes of exercise.
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Repeat as needed
Remember, it will take a few weeks of patience and consistency to teach your dog to stop barking. Repeat these steps as necessary over the next month.
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Speak on command
When your dog barks, give a "speak" command.
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Praise and treat
When your dog barks after you give the "speak" command, praise him and give him a treat. Use short sessions over a week or so to teach your dog this step.
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Use the whistle
Whenever your dog barks when you have not given the "speak" command, blow the whistle. Give one sharp blow, then praise and treat your dog if he stops barking.
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Use the whistle if necessary
Repeat this step every time your dog barks without the "speak" command. Remaining patient and consistent with this step is key to success.
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Keep training sessions short and positive
Another key to success with this training method is keeping the sessions short, no longer than ten minutes. You can have multiple sessions per day as long as they are short.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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MoonShine
Pit bull
5 Years
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MoonShine
Pit bull
5 Years

Does not listen. When we walk he is always tugging me down the street. I've tried choke collars spiked collars he will just let them stab and choke him they dont work.

1 year, 8 months ago
MoonShine''s throat because it causes the prong collar to hit the throat forcefully, which is not what it''s prong collar to a regular collar with a carabiner to give it more strength Second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzfzVl2dwWA Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

1 year, 8 months ago

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Caitlin Crittenden
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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hello Tammy, If you spend time teaching Libby that a whistle means quiet first. Work on that training until she is very good at that command when not playing fetch and will get quiet in anticipation of a treat. Once she is very good at becoming quiet when she hears the whistle by following one of the methods from the article you commented on, then practice it during fetch. https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-barking-with-a-whistle When she barks and you blow the whistle also put the ball behind your back and freeze. Removing what she is demanding and making the game more boring until she becomes can also help her learn that being quiet is what gets the ball thrown. The whistle helps by distracting a dog long enough that it breaks their cycle of barking, helping them choose another behavior instead. Teaching her that being quiet gets her rewards - treats or balls thrown, will teach her that the other behavior that she should do is be quiet. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

1 year, 2 months ago

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Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Debbi, I suggest combining a few things in your case. First, you need a way to communicate with her so I suggest teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below - don''s side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don''t associate the training with the collar but just with her barking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLxB6gYsliI Finding the level to use for her (sometimes you will have to go 1 or 2 levels higher during training while the dog is aroused but once she improves you can usually decrease back to her normal level again) - this training level is called a dog''s long). Whenever she DOESN''t there after the initial training is done - so she understands that the correction is for her barking at that point in the training. While you are not home, confine the dogs in a crate or room(s) that don''s brain - so once a dog starts she is encouraged naturally to continue it and stay in that state of mind if you aren''t skip the rewarding aspect of the training. The interrupter helps stop the initial barking so that you can teach quietness instead, but the rewarding is what will help with long term results, so both are important together, used correctly. If you aren''s nose is. The scent can also linger for up to an hour - meaning that the dog continues being corrected long after their bad behavior stops, which makes it not only unfair but also super confusing for the dog. Stimulation based called when high quality brands with at least 40 different levels, can be adjusted down to the minimum level the dog needs to feel the collar and the correction is instant, then over, so it can actually be a gentler tool IF it''s experience

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Standard Poodle
2 Years
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Standard Poodle
2 Years

Excessive barking in car. Especially when he sees for 1 last update 2020/07/02 other dogsExcessive barking in car. Especially when he sees other dogs

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Buster
Pomeranian foxy cross
2 Years
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Pomeranian foxy cross
2 Years

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Buster barks inappropriately, he will bark at my husband and kids even once he realizes its them. Also visitors or strangers that come over he will keep barking even after I have told him no, he will go hide around the section and continue to bark. When we are out he his fine. It's just at home. It's very annoying and causes resentment. Sometimes he will bark and jump up at seemingly nothing or a noise from the next room.

3 weeks, 2 days ago
Buster''s become habitual now. Barking at guests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpzvqN9JNUA Barking at noises: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp_l9C1yT1g Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

3 weeks, 2 days ago

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