Barking is a very natural and normal behaviour in dogs. However, barking becomes a major problem for dog owners and even for the other people in the neighbourhood if it is excessive. Barking in dogs can easily be controlled by training the dog to understand certain commands that can stop it from barking.
Applying Positive and Negative Consequence
If you have a dog that barks persistently and you do nothing but yell at the dog saying “Shut up”, “Quiet” and “Stop barking”, it will not be of any help for you. By doing this you are simply giving attention to the barking of the dog which further reinforces the behaviour. What you actually need to do is train your dog towards understanding the commands or the words that your give to your dog. Here, the rule of thumb is you need to apply a positive consequence when you want your dog to listen to you. When you want your canine to stop doing something, you need to apply a negative consequence. However, it is very important for you to be careful when applying the negative consequence. This is because negative consequence application might have certain side effects which are not present in the application of positive consequence.
Back to Dog Barking
Your dog is in the habit of barking and you want your dog to stop doing so. So, here, you need to apply the negative consequence. One of the easiest negative consequences that you can apply here is a breath spray accompanied with the word “Quiet”. Try visiting a drug store and choose a Listerine breath spray. You will find that the dog does not like the smell, the taste and the sound of the breath spray. This is a very simple negative consequence that will not be harmful to your dog. So, wherever you have your dog barking, you can utter the word “Quiet” and then get the spray reaching down the dog’s mouth. This will automatically stop the dog from barking.Read more at wheatons.org