Believe it or not, you CAN train your dog when it's ok to bark and when not to. Both of my dogs know not to bark when they hear a certain car drive up. My dogs would start barking and I'd look. It was the mail man. No need to bark. In a stern voice, no screaming tell them "no bark, mailman". So this repetitively. You can do it for anything. "No bark, daddy's home".
As any dog training you need consistency and patience. Now when you have someone walk up your driveway and they bark, recognize that behavior and tell them to look and watch. I prefer my dogs to bark at anyone who approaches my door. It tells them to back off.
And when they do bark when it's appropriate, reward them. Scratch on the ears, verbal praise or a treat.
Another method that works would be a empty coke can. Put a few dines and some pennies in it. Crunch it just a tad and when they start barking when it's not the right time, throw the can on the floor next to them and say no bark. Repeating this meat kid as well can change the behavior.
It's natural for them to bark. They're communicating with you, don't teach them not to bark. An intruder could come or a fire could start and he wouldn't know how to warn you if you taught him not to bark.
If you are asking how to LIMIT constant barking?? Don't leave your Dog alone for long periods of time. Interact with the Dog more, play, exercise, talking with, petting, cuddling Make sure your Dog gets at least one walk a day, they need that outside stimulation. When it does bark, don't yell at it; rather walk over, touch the Dog(just a hand on the head or such) and out loud ask it " what is it, what do you see?" , it should stop barking, keep talking to it some and re-assure it that he/she is "good , it's ok", do this calmly and in a normal tone. Try to do some form of this over and over and eventually your dog should feel calmer and that it's doing it's "job" of protecting vs a Nervous continuos bark. If you do these things consistently and the dog still barks all the time you might try a dog trainer who can evaluate the dog in it's environment and could be helpful. Good luck!
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tell your dog "No" in a stern voice when it barks. Don't pet him/her him/her when they bark. When it doesn't bark, go to it, say good dog. "No barking" and give it a treat. When your dog barks again, step back, say "no barking" sharply, stand stiff with your arm folded against you chest, and scowl. Give him/her a moment. Pet him/her when it stops barking. You will get a communication with your dog that you are upset with them when they barks. Let it know it. If you need to, put a training collar and short (12 inch) leash. When it barks, say "no" and jerk slightly on the leash as a corrective measure. it will take time, but train your dog
My grand-mother's dog wouldent stop barking, she made him stop by spraying him with lemon juce mixt with water, she srayed him every times he bark and he stoped barking because he new he would get sprayed