The much nicer way, which always has a very positive effect on the dog-human relationship, is the search for the cause with the knowledge that every behavior has a cause.
Why my dog barks can have many reasons, it can be an insecurity, an unclear role between man and dog or simply stress. This is of course is triggered in the dog in certain situations. It is important to understand this behavior in the context of the situation.
To get more clarity in certain cases and to learn to understand his dog better, it is often the best way to ask a dog trainer or behaviorial consultant, for help. Because if we know the why, we can solve the cause of the behavior. The dog perceives the care that resonates in this interaction and quite automatically we become more important for our dog and rise in his esteem. Furthermore the barking is lastingly “turned off”, because we removed the dog from the reason to bark.
So it always needs two things, first we need to know the cause and then how we can influence and solve the cause and not the symptom. It is very important choose our trainer according to this criteria, he solves causes and does not try to suppress behavior with punishments!
If you have a dog that exhibits too much barking, ask yourself what impact your dog’s barking has on you. What feelings does your dog’s barking trigger in you?
For us humans, behavior like barking is often very unpleasant and embarrassing. And if we take a closer look at why we are embarrassed by this behavior, the answer is that it is often because of other people. Others might think how untrained our dog is or that he is even aggressive. We fear being devalued by other people because of our dog’s behavior. Exactly these unconscious thoughts, trigger in us stress.
So because we get stressed with this barking this is then transfered by our actions to our dogs which of keeps keeps him stressed and therefore keeps on barking!
If we keep relaxed, keep calm and keep our nerve, we can make a positive influence on your dog and he has now the chance to calm down and stop barking. One speaks here of group dynamics, this also plays itself out on the energy level. Our house dogs are very sensitive to energy levels and we humans actually are too but not always so aware of it.
As humans, however, we have the great advantage of becoming aware of such processes through targeted questioning, thus influencing our own energy and the way we react to the situation. Dogs cannot do this!
NB! In the calm lies the power and sometimes even the solution.