Every dog owner knows how to teach your dog the quiet command and other dog training tricks. However, it is often necessary to know how to teach your dog the quiet command in different circumstances. Let’s look at some more ways you can teach your dog this important command.
If your dog barks when you get home from work or on weekends, you need to teach him this command. There are a number of ways you can do this. You could sit down with him on the couch, point at a certain object in the room (like a picture or book), and tell him that it’s not okay to barking. Or you can teach him the silent command by making up a sound, or by calling him over to you. When he starts to bark, shout quietly in his face to tell him to quiet down. Offer several different word choices to him, and keep sticking to those words until he stops barking.
If you have an older dog that barks at anything and everything, and especially if your dog doesn’t understand when you tell him to stop barking, you may want to consider using the command “stay”. Simply raise your voice very high and repeated several times as you gently call him back to you until he calms down. This won’t solve all of your dog’s barking problems, but it will teach him what to listen to, and it will probably stop most of the time. You can also try giving him the command to ‘speak’ when you tell him to quiet down.
If your dog is barking at the mailman or at the postman, you can practice saying the command “say leave” when he gets close. This will give him a clear idea that you mean business and that you won’t share affection with him when he barks. He’ll usually calm down after a few attempts at saying the word.
Sometimes puppies bark when they see other dogs, and other times they don’t. If this is happening to you, the best way to handle it is to give your dog a treat after each time he barks. The reward can be something your dog likes, such as dog biscuits, or even a toy he loves. Your puppy probably doesn’t realize what the treat is for, so you’ll be working hard to reinforce his barking and getting him his treat. Don’t forget to use the command “say leave” along with the reward.
If your dog likes to run around and play, you can train him how to behave when you’re not around. Practice the command to “speak” several times and use treats to encourage the behavior. After a while, your dog will bark when you tell him to stop, but he won’t have a problem when you tell him to sit. When you do the sit command, reward your dog with his favorite treat. It is very important that you work on getting your dog to understand that quiet means no play and that ignoring him is unacceptable.
There are other ways you can train your dog not to bark unless you want to. One simple but effective way to make sure your dog remains quiet when you’re away is to plant a dog-proof flower garden in your yard. Once your dog gets used to only seeing his designated potpourri garden, he’ll stop barking when there is anything he wants to chew on. You can also try sprinkling white noise when you leave through the door.
This might sound a bit complicated, but if you use simple rewards coupled with repetition you should find it relatively easy to teach this command. Just keep in mind that you need to practice in front of an mirrors. Practicing alone will help you become familiar with the commands and rewards. Once you are comfortable using the command in front of a mirror, you can start applying it to others.