How to Stop Dog Barking In Seconds

There are six ways to reduce your dog’s barking.


The following are six methods for reducing your dog or puppy’s barking. While all of them can work, don’t expect miracles overnight, and what works for one dog might not work for another. The longer your dog has practiced barking, the longer it will take for them to learn new ways of communicating or become desensitized to the things that cause them to bark now. Understanding why your dog barks are important if you want to know which methods will work best for you.

Always keep the following tips in mind when training:

  • Shouting at your dog to be quiet will not make them stop barking. The goal is to figure out why your dog is barking and then either teach them another way to communicate or remove the stimulus that is causing them to bark.
  • Make your training sessions upbeat and positive. Barking is a natural part of your dog’s communication system.
  • Be consistent so your dog doesn’t get confused. Having everyone in your home on the same page can help you get things done faster.

Prevention is essential.

Keeping your dog busy and exercising will help reduce barking and prevent them from practicing it, whether you’ve just adopted a new adult dog or it’s your first week with a new puppy. Take note of what your dog or puppy barks at, and use the tips below to reduce the amount of barking. Barking is a normal dog behavior that puppies will not outgrow, but you can take steps to reduce it and teach your dog other ways to communicate. Barking can be an extremely useful tool for determining what scares or makes your dog. Remember, as a pet parent, your job is to advocate for your dog, which means putting them in situations that cause them undue stress. By barking all the time, your dog is trying to tell you that they need something or that they need to get away from something scary or overwhelming.

Remove the desire to bark.

When your dog barks, they are rewarded in some way. They would not do it otherwise. Determine what they gain from barking and work to remove it.

What to Do If Your Dog Barks in Public

Close the curtains or put your dog in another room if they start barking at people or animals passing by the living room window.

What should you do if they bark to go outside?

Instead of barking when your dog needs to go outside, teach them to jingle a bell at the door. You can begin by bringing them to the bell and rewarding them for touching it. Allow them to gradually ring the bell before leaving the room to use the restroom.

Ignore the barking dogs.

If you think your dog is barking just to get your attention, ignore them. Regular exercise and puzzle toys can keep your dog occupied while you’re on the phone or at work. It’s easier to prevent your dog from barking in the first place—by tiring them out or giving them something to do—than it is to get them to stop barking.

When your dog is confined and barks

  • If you leave your dog in a crate or a gated room when you leave the house or have visitors, don’t let them out when they’re barking. Before they are confined, puzzle toys and plenty of exercises can help to reduce their barking. Wait until they’ve stopped barking — even for a second — before opening the crate door or gate or rewarding them with a treat or a new puzzle toy.
  • As they learn that being quiet earns them a treat, increase the amount of time they must remain quiet before being rewarded.
  • Make it interesting by varying the amount of time. After five seconds, twelve seconds, three seconds, twenty seconds, and so on, they may be rewarded.

Reduce your dog’s sensitivity to the stimulus.

If your dog barks at specific triggers, gradually acclimate them to the source of their barking. Start by keeping the stimulus (what makes them bark) at a safe distance. It has to be far away for them not to bark when they see it. Feed them plenty of tasty treats for not barking and for maintaining eye contact with you. Feed the treats as you move the stimulus closer (as little as a few inches or a few feet at first). You’ve gotten too close to the stimulus if your dog starts barking.

Treats should not be limited. For example, if you need to pass another dog on your dog walk, keep some high-value treats in your hand and feed them frequently as you walk quickly past the other dog, then stop once there is sufficient distance between your dog and the other dog.

In the event that your dog barks at other dogs,

  • Have a dog-owning friend stand out of sight or far enough away from your dog so it doesn’t bark at it.
  • As soon as your friend and their dog appear, start feeding your dog treats.
  • As soon as your friend and their dog are out of sight, stop feeding treats.
  • Repeat the procedure several times.
  • Avoid trying to progress too quickly; it may take days or weeks for your dog to focus on you and the treats without barking at the other dog.
  • Get help from a positive-reinforcement dog trainer if your dog barks at strangers or other dogs.

Request incompatible behavior from your dog.

When they start barking, ask your dog to do something that is incompatible with barking. Teach your dog to respond to barking stimuli by lying down on their bed or doing something else that prevents them from barking.


  • Place a treat on their bed and instruct them to “go to their bed.”
  • If they consistently go to their bed to earn a treat, up the ante by opening the door while they’re lying down. Close the door as soon as they get up.
  • Repeat until they don’t get out of bed when the door opens.
  • Then, to make things more difficult, have someone ring the doorbell while your dog is sleeping. Reward them for sticking with it. When visitors come in, you may need to keep your dog on a leash to help guide them to their bed.

Make sure your dog is tired.

Ensure that your dog gets enough physical and mental exercise every day. Boredom or frustration are less likely to cause barking in a tired dog. Your dog may require several long walks, as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with interactive toys, depending on their age and health.

Make an appointment with a certified professional dog trainer.

If you believe your dog is barking aggressively at strangers, family members, or other dogs, or if the above tips fail, seek help from a certified professional dog trainer.