Are you struggling to learn how to get your affenpinscher to stop barking? Barking, howling, and growling and sounds and strangers can be a real challenge. It can be frustrating and may even annoy your neighbors. This is especially true when living in an apartment complex or condo.
If you have tried everything and cannot get your dog to stop barking, then take a moment to explore the following suggestions. You do not need to be an expert dog trainer. You just need to take the time to reinforce good behavior and remember these tips.
Dealing with Barking at Animals and Passersby
When your affenpinscher barks at animals and people passing by, either while inside or outside, you need to immediately dispel the situation. While indoors, close your curtains or blinds or place your dog in another room. When your affenpinscher starts barking at someone while they are outside, bring them inside as soon as you can.
This can be difficult when taking your dog for a walk. If your affenpinscher begins barking at people or other dogs during your walk, you should command your dog to heel and then turn them around and begin walking back home.
Removing the motivation for the barking is a form of negative reinforcement. This is a form of dog training that helps teach your dog that their behavior is not appreciated. They receive no reward from barking at people or animals.
Ignore Your Dog When They Start Barking
Other than barking at people and animals, there are still plenty of situations where your affenpinscher may bark. Even with the situations discussed above, your dog may continue to bark after you remove their motivation for barking. When this occurs, ignore your dog until they stop barking.
Do not make any contact with your affenpinscher until they have stopped barking. Do not look at your dog, yell at your dog, or pay attention to their behavior.
After your affenpinscher quiets down, call him or her over to you and command your dog to sit. Give your affenpinscher a small treat. With this positive reinforcement, you are showing your dog that they receive a reward when they stop barking.
Introduce Your Dog to People and Other Animals
Along with ignoring your affenpinscher’s behavior, another solution is to desensitize your dog to the situation. Spending more time with people or other animals can help teach your affenpinscher that there is no reason to bark.
If your dog regularly barks at people, more interaction with humans could help curb their behavior. The same applies to barking at other dogs. Taking your affenpinscher to a dog park will help them socialize and may prevent barking – if this is the root of their negative behavior.
When it comes to dog training, the issue that most dog owners need help with is barking. You may have been able to teach your dog to sit, stay, and heel, barking is a completely different behavior. Remember the suggestions provided.
Dogs are not overly complicated animals. Their main goal is to please you. When they receive proper nutrition, exercise, and attention, dog training is less difficult. By rewarding good behavior and ignoring negative behavior, you can teach your dog how to behave.
You both want the same things you just need to show your dog what you want through repetition. The same is true whether you are dealing with an aggressive, timid, or hyperactive behavior.
If your affenpinscher cannot stop howling or barking, you should remove them from the situation, ignore their barking, and then begin introducing them to the motivation for their barking.
Buy, hey, if you still have some problems with your affenpinscher…
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