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Owners need to teach their dogs what is or is not acceptable barking. This learning process can be time consuming, and persistence is required to achieve successful results.

There are various ways of training dogs and devices can be purchased to assist in the discipline of dogs. One simple inexpensive method well worth trying and persisting with involves the use of voice control and a water spray gun.

When the dog is barking at birds, cats, possums or neighbours, the owner should go to the dog whilst it is barking and squirt it in the face with the water saying "N0, BAD DOG" in a firm but controlled voice.

The owner should never call the dog to them to receive the reprimand as it will believe that it is being reprimanded for coming to the owner when called. A dog should never be reprimanded after the incident as this confuses the dog as to why it is being punished.

Other training methods include:

Dog Obedience Schools: where dogs can be socialised and desensitised from some irritants that cause excessive dog barking.

Purchasing Anti-barking collars: there are various types on the market, some operating on sound frequency and others which operate by releasing citronella spray which dogs find unpleasant.

Husher muzzels - are an elastic covering for the dogs snout which places pressure on the jaw when it is continually opened, the dog can still breath, pant, eat and drink.

None of these methods will work unless owners are dedicated and put time and effort into training.



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