A key to solving many dog problems is to teach the dog an alternative behavior to replace the inappropriate behavior. This idea can be used to curb excessive barking.
One of those alternative behaviors is to teach your pooch to "come, sit and pay attention to you, the owner". Start by rewarding your dog for switching gears and engaging in the alternate behavior. Eventually, you can reward him with affection. The next step is to reward your dog only when he stops barking, comes, sits and looks attentively at you without barking for a period of time. Soon, you'll be well on your way to a quieter household.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|