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Most dogs bark occasionally, but if yours barks too much or too often, you need to determine why and then work on reducing the vocalization. Observe your canine to see when he barks. Is it largely when the family is gone and the dog may be lonely? Is it when people or animals approach your property and the dog is alerting you? Or is it during play? Once you've determined the source, try to remove the cause of the barking problem. Reward your dog with an extra dose of affection or when he is not barking. Address him swiftly when he does bark, by issuing a sharp "No!" and then move on.