How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking for Attention
If your house is constantly full of the sounds of your dog barking for attention, then you’re well aware of the frustration it causes. Who wants to deal with that aggravation at the end of a long day?
But what exactly should you do about it? How do you get your dog to stop barking for attention? Keep reading and we’ll let teach you everything you need to know about solving this annoying (but easy to fix) problem!
Why Is My Dog Barking for Attention?
Your dog barks for attention because it’s a learned behavior you’ve mistakenly taught them. If you constantly give your dog attention when they bark, then your dog will learn that barking is what will gets them the attention they desire.
Think about it. Your dog is craving your attention but you’re busy preparing dinner or doing other things around the house. So they start barking their head off and you drop everything immediately, giving them the attention they crave.
Whether the attention they get is good or bad doesn’t matter too much, and you’ll probably be positive more often than not because you love your dog and well… before you know it, you’ve created a furry little monster!
What then do we do to stop this bad behavior you’ve inadvertently taught your dog?
How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Barking at Me for Attention?
To get your dog to stop barking for attention, you must understand that at its root this is all being caused by separation anxiety. It may seem strange when you’re right there in the room with them, not even preparing to leave, but that is ultimately what is causing your issues. How’s that, you ask?
Your dog experiences stress anytime you are not paying it attention because they feel the next step is no attention at all. They then bark and you give in, and by repeatedly giving in to their whims, they’ve come to believe that they are the one in charge. That they run the show in your household, and that they are responsible for keeping everyone in line and safe.
Your dog views you as in need of their protection at all times. Now imagine if a young pup were to wander away from them, or begin playing with something possibly dangerous that they don’t understand, it’s only natural that they would feel that it’s their duty to stop you for your own safety! At least, that’s how they’re seeing things through their eyes.
But the great news is that you can end the headaches for yourself — and worries for your dog — by firmly establishing yourself in their eyes as the pack leader of your household. Doing so will allow you to have a loving, obedient relationship with your dog that will make you both happier and at ease.
Establishing yourself as pack leader isn’t something that’s incredibly difficult to do, but it’s of course easier to do when you have a proven roadmap that you can follow. I’m of the view that it’s easier to learn by watching rather than reading, particularly for something so important like this.
Fortunately, there’s a really terrific free video series by renowned trainer Doggy Dan which will teach you everything you need to know about becoming pack leader and ending your dog’s barking and separation anxiety for good. He uses easy to follow, proven methods and only teaches in a loving manner.
You can start watching the first video in Dan’s free training series right now by clicking here. Everything is short and to the point with clear and easy to follow directions, so if you’ll go ahead and start watching now then you and your dog’s relationship will be better than ever in no time!
I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing changes you’ll see in your relationship with your four legged friend. I understand how frustrating this whole situation can be, but I know that these simple tips on how to get your dog to quit barking for attention will give you the results you’re after in a hurry.
Enjoy your watching, and be sure to pin this in case you need to take a look again later!