In this article, we will be taking a look at how to get your Labrador to stop barking. Not only can it be annoying if your Labrador barks uncontrollable but it can also get yours in trouble with the law.
These tips and tricks have been used by dog owners all over the world to stop their dog from barking. They have a high success rate and are easy for anyone to implement. Thankfully, Labradors are one of the more intelligent dog breeds and tend to pick things up quicker.
How To Get Your Labrador To Stop Barking
If your labrador has barking problems then these training techniques can help. They are very similar to the techniques used when training your dog to stop jumping on you.
Your lab barking for attention is one of the most common reasons your Labrador will bark. One of the worst things you can do in this situation gives your dog your attention as this strengthens your dogs thinking that barking equals attention.
If you suspect your Labrador is barking for attention there are two main basic actions you can take. These are to use the signal and stance methods or the retreat method, most people report having success with the signal and stance method and see no need to move onto the retreat method.
Signal And Stance
The signal and stance method is based on you choosing a signal for your dog to associate with not barking and a stance to assume to make it hard for your dog to feel like its behavior is getting attention from you.
Your signal can be something as simple as the word “hush” but some dog owners choose to use a dog clicker. Your stance should be something that involves you standing up if possible. This is because your dog may jump on you and feel like it is getting attention if you choose a stance sitting or laying down.
The basic process will involve walking into a room if your Labrador starts barking at you say use your signal and then assume your stance. Hold this until your dog stops barking. Once it has stopped barking lean down and give it plenty of physical and verbal praise as well as dog treats if possible.
If your dog begins to bark again, repeat the process. Give your signal and assume your stance and keep repeating this process. Over time, your dog will begin to learn what you want it to do. After two weeks of using this process, if your dog keeps barking each time you bend down to give it attention move onto the retreat method.
The Retreating Method
The retreating method is based on giving your dog three chances at the signal and stance method and if it still fails to stop barking you move to the retreating method. This method is based on you leaving the room and closing the door behind you creating a physical barrier between you and your dog.
Although its simple, you are playing with your dogs fear of being exiled from its pack. Although initially, your dog may keep barking it will usually stop and then you repeat the process.
Introducing Training Aids For Your Labrador
There are two main training aids you can also introduce to help you in training your Labrador not to bark. These are:-
The training aids are relatively straightforward to use. The pet corrector emits a high pitched sound that dogs dislike.
Simply spray it whenever your dog displays unwanted behavior, your dog will usually stop what it’s doing and either investigate the source of the sound or become a little nervous. Pet correctors have an excellent reputation amongst dog owners. Click here to read independent reviews from dog owners on pet correctors.
Dog training collars have proven to be very effective when discouraging unwanted behavior in your Labrador. The more modern versions of dog training collars come with alternative settings rather than just a static shock like the old ones. You can now set them to either vibrate and distract your dog or emit a high pitched frequency that dogs dislike. Click here to read independent reviews from dog owners on the leading market dog training collars.
How To Stop My Labrador Barking At Night
If your Labrador is barking at night for no reason then there are a few different things you can do. Rather than repeat ourselves in this article, check out our article on how to get your dog to stop barking at night. Although not specifically for Labradors, the training concepts are exactly the same for all dog breeds.
How To Stop My Labrador Barking At Strangers Or Visitors
If your Labrador is barking at strangers or visitors to your house then you can try these. Check out our article on how to get your dog not to bark at visitors or strangers. Again, the article is not specific to Labradors but the training concepts are exactly the same for all dog breeds.