• Barking Incessantly

    • Calming Collars
    • Sergeants Stop That!™ Behavior Correction Spray
    • Calming Diffuser

    It seems like everything and nothing will start some dogs barking. It can prevent you from enjoying the company of guests, annoy your neighbors and leave you feeling irritated with your pet.

    There are many reasons a dog might bark incessantly. It could be underlying stress, a characteristic of a particular breed of dog or the result of behavior left unchecked. Dogs will also bark to alert you that someone is on your property or coming close to you when you’re out for a walk.

    While it’s unreasonable to expect a dog to never bark again, there are ways to use pheromones and training to help your dog change their behavior away from incessant barking.

    Pheromone Technology

    While training can help you to change some of the underlying behaviors that lead to your dog’s incessant barking, pheromone technology is also an effective tool — especially if underlying stress causes it.

    Try using a Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Diffuser (dog) around the house regularly. The diffuser creates a “safe room” by automatically emitting pheromones. The spray is also effective for pet areas and encouraging them to lie down on their bed, blanket or kennel.

    A Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar (dog) can also help keep your dog’s stress-induced behavior in check, reducing their need to bark.

    If you’re around when your dog is barking at inappropriate times or for long periods of time, simply use one spray of the Sergeant’s Vetscription PetSTOP! Behavior Correction Spray (dog). It will catch your dog’s attention and immediately stop the behavior. Once calm, you can direct your pet to positive behavior.

    Training Tips

    The important thing to remember when it comes to putting an end to problem behavior is to make sure that your behavior is not rewarding your dog’s incessant barking. Instead, do things that change how they think about rewards.

    • Tell your dog to stop barking and then wait to make sure he completely accepts this command without simply pausing and going back to barking.
    • If your dog barks when outside, make him or her come in.
    • Be sure that it is not pent up energy that drives your dog to bark by giving your dog plenty of activity through active play, walking or other exercise.
    • Redirect your barking dog by correcting the behavior and then tossing a ball or other favorite toy as part of an activity the two of you do together.
    • Stay calm and focused so that your dog does not sense your frustration and mirror it through continued barking.
    • Fill a squirt gun or sprayer and as soon as the dog barks, spray and say “no.” Consistency is key, so be sure to have the water shooting device with you at all times while you’re in the house.
    • If your dog is barking for attention, ignore the dog — sit down, avoid eye contact and do not speak or acknowledge the dog until quiet. Then give a treat or reward to reinforce the “no barking” behavior.
    • When your dog starts to nuisance bark, put a leash on and say no-no or uh-uh, making them focus on you until they stop barking.