As much as we love little Charlie, incessant barking can get on to anyone’s nerves. Our cute, adorable, bundles of joy have triggers that cause them to bark. When an intruder comes in, it is totally understood that they bark but what when they bark every time the doorbell rings or every time they see a stranger walk past them during their walk? Annoying, huh? Your neighbors may start complaining too!
Thankfully, there’s a harmless training tool that can help you here – the dog whistle! Whistles have proven to be extremely helpful in teaching dogs different commands including helping them stop barking when it is not needed. When used right, they are incredible training tools.
There are two types of whistles that you can use – regular whistles and dog whistles. Regular whistles are of course, noisy. On the other hand, only your dog can hear dog whistles because they make high-frequency noise. Dog whistles will help you take the (humanly) quiet approach, and your neighbors won’t go mad as you try to train Charlie to be quiet!
How To Use A Dog Whistle To Stop Barking?
There are quite a few ways. Let’s look at the few of the most popular ones:
1. When Charlie starts barking, blow the dog whistle to stop barking. He will get distracted and stop barking. Once he does that, appreciate him! May even give him a treat. This will teach him that not barking is a good thing. If he continues barking, blow the whistle again and treat him the moment he stops. You could also give him his toy or ball to distract him completely. If you consistently blow the whistle when he barks unnecessarily he will learn that he shouldn’t be doing it.
2. There are also automatic whistles that you can choose. Charlie’s bark will automatically trigger these whistles. They are battery-operated and you can attach them to Charlie’s collar. You will need the whistle only during the initial training sessions. After a week or so, you can slowly replace the whistle with verbal signals so that he stops barking even without the whistle.
3. Teach him how to speak! (Not literally, of course.) Teach him that he may bark when he is asked to “speak.” When he does that, treat him or praise him. If he barks when he is not asked to speak, use the whistle so that he stops. Do this consistently and he will learn to bark only when he is told to do it.
Things to Remember While Training Charlie
1. Yelling will not help. If you start yelling when he barks, he will think you are talking to him, not reprimanding him.
2. Do not hit Charlie. Physical abuse never does any good. Dogs get aggressive or extremely subdued. They may also resort to biting.
3. Use a dog whistle only for a short period of time – until Charlie learns to stop at the distraction. We do not recommend prolonged use of dog whistles because the sound is extremely irritating.
We know you love your little munchkin and would like nothing short of the best for him. Having said that, proper training should never be ignored because undisciplined dogs can spiral out of control very easily, causing a nuisance not just in the house but also annoying the neighbors. Use a dog whistle properly and ensure that Charlie only spreads joy and not inappropriate noise through his barking!