Is your Boston terrier driving you absolutely crazy because it won’t stop barking and barking and barking and barking? Well, today’s the video for you. Welcome back to the Boston terrier show my name’s joe and I’m a certified canine leader here.
We are dedicated to helping you learn everything you could possibly want to know about the beautiful Boston terrier and then how to become a high-level canine leader.
So you can raise your very own Boston terrier. So I’d hate for you to miss out when your Boston terrier is barking and barking, and it will not stop. It can be incredibly frustrating and it’s something that you want to deal with as its owner as soon as possible. So today we’re going to be tuning in to a webinar that the CEO and founder of ferric knightleaders .com will have recorded all about how to stop your dog barking so make sure you grab a pen and a notepad. So you can write down some notes of how to do this training so welcome back to another quick breakdown, webinar of one of the most possibly the most common behavior problem, that owners will face with their dogs and as a canine behaviorist.
This is something that I get requests for, help with every single day and that is around excessive barking. So in this webinar we’re going to quickly break down the most common strategies that I utilize to extremely high levels of success.
When implementing behavior modification programs to be able to very quickly and or at least as quickly as possible, address excessive barking and not just put a plaster on the issue but get to the root cause and actually fix the problem. So, if you’re going to be working as a professional role and want to be able to help your clients with this issue – or maybe you yourself are just looking to become a high level canine leader for your relationship with your own dog, then this is exactly what You’re going to be looking for in terms of specifics for excessive barking.
What are the reasons of barking?
Now, to start off with, we have to understand that excessive barking and the most common problem behaviors have a root cause, and the problem is that a lot of people will try and simply put a plaster on the behavior. It’s like having a stone in your shoe and going to the doctor and getting them to prescribe you some morphine for the pain of a stone in the shoe. You just actually want to take the shoe off and get the stone out and that’s what we’re trying to do here.
We need to find out what the root cause of the problem behavior is and then address it at the root cause. Now, when it comes to excessive barking, it tends to fall into two categories and what we like about our procedure and the step-by-step process that we go through in terms of implementing a an intervention or a strategy to be able to fix excessive barking. Is that inherently it will fix the problem, regardless of where that root cause is coming from, so we’re going to dive into it, and the first thing that we must address is around: are we giving our dogs enough mental and physical exercise? Now?
The simple answer is often the most effective answer, but sometimes it’s difficult for an owner to wrap their head around the concept that, unfortunately, you need to wake up an hour earlier and go and do some more exercise with your dog. You need to find time in the day to do some more obedience and work with your dog to be able to tire their minds, especially if they’ve gone out and bought a higher energy working dog that has those higher levels of drive.
One of the most common causes of excessive barking is simply nothing more than a buildup of pent-up frustration in terms of lack of a productive outlet for physical energy requirements or mental stimulation requirements. That frustration builds up, they get bored, they get frustrated and out. It comes in excessive barking, very common, with working breeds in particular, so what we always start with is simply by drastically increasing the amount of exercise that they’re doing with their dogs now again very easy answer, but not necessarily as easy to implement, especially if you’re coming At this, for more of a professional level of being able to have that finesse and being able to have that conversation with an owner to let them know that you simply need to put more effort in it’s nothing to do with the dog.
The dog’s not broken and there’s nothing that we can come in and do as an easy fix for you to fix this problem. You just need to put more effort in so again. We need to go through that process. Gently help the owner to see that for themselves and to understand it more from a why perspective, which then informs the what we need to do much more easily so always start with simply adding in more physical, more mental stimulation, and you might have solved the Problem straight away: hey guys very quickly!
If that doesn’t solve the problem and when it comes to excessive barking, it then will fall into one category. If we know that our dogs are getting enough, mental and physical exercise every single day and they’re still displaying excessive barking tendencies. It is either a learner behavior and the dog has learned that through displaying this behavior, it gets them the desired outcome. We have inadvertently taught them that. That is what they need to do now again, we’re going to be able to correct that issue very easily. Moving forward, that’s not a problem, the other one is simply. We might be more of a breed-related issue and it’s something that the dog does naturally looking at certain shepherd breeds, for example, or guardian breeds it’s very innate for them to want to bark a lot. Now also what we need to do so, if we need to correct obnoxious, learnt behaviors, we might need to teach the dog more appropriate ways to utilize their barking and that’s what this next process does.
So we’ve started off with exercise and that’s important, no matter what, even if the exercise isn’t the fix, adding exercise will always help now before we can move into what is now more of a formal behavior intervention strategy in terms of being able to address the root Cause of the problem and be able to really fix the behavior. We cannot do that unless the the relationship with the dog and the owner is restructured unless the owner, whether that’s you and you’re, trying to become a high level canine leader yourself or maybe you are interested in working in this professionally and you need to be able To help the owner of the dog to be able to see this, and that is that they themselves must become high-level.
Canine leaders themselves restructure the relationship with their dog to then be able to much more efficiently communicate a what we do want and be what we don’t want. Now we can’t jump to those bits of teaching them what we do want and what we don’t want. If we don’t have that excellent relationship, so we start with exercise. We then move on to restructuring the relationship here at Fenrir.
We use our canine bootcamp process to be able to really quickly and efficiently address that the reason that that has been so effective with so many people is because it is a structured, one-month program for the owners to go through with their dogs to be able to Restructure that relationship and to put in rules expectations and boundaries and to be able to let the dog give over ownership to looking to the owner for guidance and direction, and it’s it is that process, but what’s beautiful about it, is inherently throughout that process.
We’re also teaching our owners how to become high-level, canine leaders, we’re teaching them the theories and the concepts and the ideas. That means not only when they go through that boot camp to fix one problem. They come out the other end as better leaders themselves, which that means that they can address any other problems themselves. And then they don’t need us again as a k9 behaviorist which, if you want to do your job right, is the right way of going about it, we’re not simply putting plasters on problems so that we can come back and put a plaster on another problem.
We get to the root cause, we help our owners, become high-level, canine leaders and then they don’t need us again. It might seem counterintuitive, but I promise you you’ll have a lot of success, so we must restructure the relationship, teach our owners to become high-level canine leaders themselves restructure. That relationship has the dog look up to us for guidance and direction or up to the owner for guidance and direction.
Once we get to that stage and again, the boot camp can help. You address that. If that’s what you need help with, then we can move on to the the approach of actually fixing excessive barking, so exercise restructure the relationship, and now we get to move on to what most people want to dive to straight away. But this area will not work if we aren’t providing adequate exercise and we don’t have a good relationship with our dogs first. So now we get to move on to the meat and bones of what everybody wants when they’re thinking about excessive barking, and that is correcting the behavior now so when we go through correcting the dog’s behavior in terms of excessive barking, the vast majority of the time It will be alert.
Behavior dog has learned. I want attention you’re busy, so bark bark bark gets us to give them attention. Dog wants to then repeat it and it becomes a self-rewarding behavior. Thats why it is a learnt behavior. Now. A really good analogy of this is a very common problem of excessive barking around the postman. It’s almost so common that it’s almost like a cliche now that dogs don’t like postman’s and the cartoons and all the things around that, but it stems from unlearned behavior and behavior that are self-rewarding to the dog so take. For example, the postman is coming to the door: the dog is behind the door. Bark bar bark, especially guard dogs, that want that person to go away they’re doing their job go away. I don’t want you here. I am here.
This is my house. This is all in the bark, bark bark postman comes post, the letters turns away and goes now. The dog has zero concept that that’s a postman and that’s his job. All the dog knows his postman’s come. I have barked desired outcome happens with postman leaving next time. Postman comes they repeat that behavior and it gets the desired outcome again, and then it becomes a self-taught behavior and self-rewarding behavior, and that will just get more and more expensive as time goes on and then obviously it spills out into other areas.
It’s very common and being able to kind of unpick that does require a little bit of finesse. That’s not necessarily what we’re talking about here, we’re talking about more generic excessive barking, but you need to understand the concept that it will most likely come from a place of it being unlearned behavior, where we have accidentally either accidentally ourselves taught them that that’s acceptable or
We’ve inadvertently allowed that to be the case, and now we simply need to go through and picking that a little bit like I say, exercise we structure. The relationship makes this bit really easy. If you want to jump to this bit, you can try, it can work, but it will be much more difficult to achieve the fast actions and the fast outcomes that we’re able to achieve if you put that effort into these places first, so what we do is We go through a very simple process of correcting. Redirect reinforce, sounds very simple. The reason that we want to restructure the relationship as well is that, yes, we are going to have to use a correction based approach to be able to fix excessive barking.
Now, what that doesn’t mean is that we’re going to beat our dogs we’re going to hurt our dogs? What it means is that, as a good leader, we’re not going to ignore bad behavior good leaders, don’t ignore bad behaviors, they address the behaviors. They address them calmly, efficiently with good timing and they get to the point and then they move on. They don’t dwell, but they address it and they move on. They address it fairly, but firmly with extreme rules, boundaries and expectations.
That is what a good leader does. Even, more so in the dog world and that’s what, we need to do now. Yes, you can go down the line of physical corrections and it will work here at fenrir. We do sometimes utilize physical corrections what. We like to use them for is that if the. Dog is going to end up in a shelter and if the dog ends up in a shelter, then there’s a high chance that they’re going to get put down. If it’s going to save that dog’s life, then we will utilize physical corrections if need be, and that can work in this situation, but what we like to do, if that’s not the case, is to be able to simply use a verbal correction now this takes us Back to restructuring the relationship, if we restructure that relationship and put a lot of effort into doing that, then a verbal correction will carry far more weight and will be far more effective, which then means we don’t have to go down the line of utilizing physical corrections, Which might then require slip leads to choke chains to prong collars those kind of things they will achieve the desired outcome that we’re looking for, but we like to use the minimal amount of correction to get the job done.
If you want to use the minimum amount of correction, put the effort into exercise and restructuring the relationship that allows you to become a better leader, which means that your low end corrections carry far more weight and are far more effective. If your verbal corrections don’t work, it’s a classic telltale sign that the dog doesn’t respect your authority or your leadership. You need to take a step back and be able to readdress that so correct. Redirect reinforce what does that look like with excessive barking dog barks.
We correct it with verbal correction as a good leader chest up shoulders back stern, deep, good, vocal inflection. I like to use an app. So that might look like sorry if this comes across loud on the mic, be careful if you’ve got headphones on, but that might be a very simple, ah or a very stood. No, the second that barking is uh about to go.
No, again, we make it very clear what you’re doing is not acceptable. Now, if that doesn’t work, and we’ve got a case where I am going to send this dog to a shelter. If I can’t fix this right now, I’ve been in that place many times of helping people in that exact situation, then I might utilize a tool like a prong collar and that vocal inflection it might be an ah no and a snap on the prong collar to Really be able to help them again. I know a lot of the positive.
Only people don’t like that principle, but I specialize in what we call death row cases where this dog is going to get put down. If we do not address this right now, so utilizing a tool like that can very much save that dog’s life and it does work now again, I don’t want you to be lazy and jump straight to that by skipping the exercise and the restructuring of the relationship.
Do that thing first and then, hopefully, your vocal inflection and verbal correction will work. Fine, so you’ve corrected the behavior. The second the barking goes time in instantly. Then what we need to do is we can’t just tell them off and then not tell them what it is that we do want from them, it’s ying and yang. Thats why we call it balanced training. We need to let them know what we do want and we need to let them know what we don’t want. So we’ve utilized that correction to let them know what we don’t want now I want you to go into a sit, stay and wait. Quiet calm, good manners so at sit stay, and we might wait for one second and what we’re looking at teaching the dog is that if you want something you get that through being calm, quiet well-mannered, so sit stay, wait!
Yes, good boy good! Then we reinforce correct. Redirect reinforce that one second can then become three seconds of waiting quietly with good manners, then five seconds then 10 seconds and then 20 seconds. If you put exercise in if you restructure the relationship, if you are good, calm and consistent with correcting that behavior every time and then redirecting and reinforcing the desired behavior, the inappropriate behavior will decrease the desired.
Behavior will increase and over time and very quickly, if you implement this properly, you will have a dog that will stop excessively barking and will start to demonstrate calm, relaxed behaviors because they are seeking the desired outcome, which is looking up to you for guidance and direction Because you restructured the relationship and doing what it is that you want from them, and now we have that good relationship. We can clearly communicate that through correct, redirect to the desired behavior reinforce now.
What we also can do when it comes to excessive barking, is that we’re correcting the bad behavior and redirecting them to the desired behavior, which is calm, good manners, what we can do and what so many people make the mistake of doing this is i guarantee you Might think that you’ve got the most annoying dog in the world with excessive barking behaviors. That will still probably be a small percentage of the time of that dog’s day-to-day activity as him actually displaying that behavior there’ll be lots of opportunities where your dog is being calm.
Quiet and well-mannered and we’re going to skip correct, redirect because they’re already there we’re going to be conscious and we’re going to be proactive and preemptive and go and reinforce those behaviors. So not only are we correcting the bad behaviors and redirecting it when the bad behaviors happen, but we’re also going to also on top of that reinforce when the good behaviors are there anyway.
So if the dog lying down and being quiet rather than us using that as a time to be oh, finally, the dog’s not being a pain, I’m going to go and do this thing you’re going to go say. Thank you dog, good boy. Yes, here’s a treat and again over time, undesirable behavior decreases desirable behavior increases as the undesirable behavior decreases. You have to use less and less and less corrections, and then we can get to a point where we do live positive only and reinforcement only. We can only get there through a balanced approach of leadership and then firm rules, boundaries and expectations so get out. There start implementing those processes, and I promise you, if you do, you will be able to address excessive barking with incredibly high levels of success.
It’s just the and the question ultimately is: are you willing to put in the work? Because nothing is easy? You got this problem because you didn’t put the work in originally or your client didn’t put the work in originally, so we need to be able to get them to understand that without upsetting them we don’t have to go in and be nasty or horrible about that. But we need to make them clearly understand that and then be able to move forward to get to that point of a wonderful relationship with their dogs where they’re happy with their dogs are happy and ultimately we’re keeping them out of shelters and not being put down.
So go put the work in and I promise you’ll have a lot of success. I really hope you enjoyed today’s video if so, we’d love it. If you get involved in the comments down below, let us know how your Boston terrier is getting on with this training. As we would love to hear all about it, if you’re new here don’t forget to subscribe and turn on that notification bell hit the like button on this video, and I can’t wait to see you in the next episode on the fender Boston.