How Background Noise Can Stop a Dog from Barking

In the effort to stop your dog from barking, you can feel like you’re ready to try just about anything. Fortunately, there are some easy tips and tricks if – used properly and consistently – can help to ease your frustrations, extend your patience, and reduce your inclination to do something drastic. Even better is that these tips and tricks do not cost any money, but will effectively acclimatize your dog to its new home and provide it with some comfort so that it will feel much more comfortable in your family and in its new environment. One of the fastest and easiest techniques in your arsenal against excessive barking is background noise.

When you are at home, the odds are that it isn’t dead quiet all the time. You talk to people on the phone, play the radio as you clean or prepare your meals, and watch television when you’re ready to sit back and relax. Your dog notices the sound and becomes accustomed to it. That said, if you leave your home completely silent when you go out, your dog will notice that, too. Your home will have gone from a lively place full of sound and excitement to a soundless building where your dog feels very aware of how alone it is. Next time you go out, put the radio on – especially on a talk – radio station or a soothing classics or new age station – so that your dog can hear the sound of human voices in a calming, steady way. You don’t need to blare the radio. It’s just the background noise that is important; after all, your dog won’t actually be able to tell what is being discussed!

You can also make efforts to stop the behavior from starting in the first place by turning the radio on the moment you come home with your new puppy. Leave it on all the time on a low volume to establish the background noise is normal. That way, when you start going out for an hour or two, the difference won’t be as noticeable and upsetting.

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