the most common problems with German
is their inclination to
at almost anything or anyone that moves!
German Shepherd dog barking
This can be a real
problem and be annoying to both you and your
neighbors, especially if your dog is left alone all day or it's late at
What you must be
aware of is that German Shepherds do have a natural
instinct to protect both you and members of your family. They are
excellent guard dogs
and will warn you if anyone approaches your property.
are the most common
occurrences that your German Shepherd will start barking at to alert
you to an impending situation.
So what sort of situations
trigger your German Shepherd Dog to start barking?
- a stranger approaches your property
- someone knocks on your door
- the telephone rings
- another dog starts barking
- visitors coming to your house
- someone enters your back yard
Shepherd will likely start excessive barking if he is left
alone for long periods
and feels isolated - he gets bored easily and
wants human company and can suffer anxiety depression. Although you may
feel that your dog is barking for no apparent
truth is that your dog is barking to get your attention, and
may even be suffering from separation anxiety.
Nobody, least of all your neighbors wants to hear your dog barking
constantly early morning, and during the day for no apparent reason,
making itself hoarse because it's been left home alone all day, barking
incessantly and driving your neighbors mad!
What's even worse, is putting your dog out at night, and when the dog
has finished its business he then has to bark like mad by the back door
to get back into the house. It's not your dog's fault is it and shows
no consideration for your neighbors.
dog barking solutions
The answer to
this is that German
Shepherd Dogs need plenty of daily exercise and mental
stimulation and enjoy a family bond. If you communicate with your dog
and spend time with him,then he
is happy to lay down and play with his toys quietly when he has enjoyed
playing with you, or has come back from a nice walk.
you stop your German Shepherd Dog barking?
first thing to
bear in mind is that your German Shepherd Dog is intelligent, you must
learn to communicate with your dog and recognize the signs that he is
barking at you in an excited manner with his tail wagging
because he's ready to play, or he's barking because he's
trying to warn you of (in
his mind) a possible threat or sign of danger.
So what you need to do (as his
Alpha pack leader)
is to exert your authority and dominance over him. Once he has warned
you of an impending threat, you must take charge of the situation.
For example, someone knocks at the door or rings the doorbell - then go
with your dog, command him to sit before you open the front door, hold
him by the collar and then if he is still barking - tell him "Quiet"
(you've now taken
over control) and then open the door.
Once he sees you have taken over the situation - he should relax and
sit there patiently, watching proceedings.
How many times has the phone been ringing and you
haven't heard it?
German Shepherd has, so he barks to let you know!
So what I do is smile
at him in a calm manner (to
reassure him everything's OK) pat him as a way of saying
"thanks for letting me know" and then answer the phone.
He is relaxed and
calm as he has warned me and I have taken action, he
now has stopped barking.......... It really is that simple!
to communicating with your dog, and is part of training your German
When he has done
what you wanted him to do - then reward him (sometimes
with a treat)
and let him know he has done well. If on the
other hand, he does not do what you want him to do - then
you must let him know that this behavior is not acceptable - You're the Boss -
be dominant over him and exert your authority at all times so that he
becomes submissive to you and accepts that you are in charge (Alpha
pack leader of his pack i.e. your family)
If he continues to
bark, and his excessive barking is causing a problem
to you or your neighbors, then you must not let him get away with it.
In most cases just
tell him "NO" or "Be QUIET" in a loud commanding
tone, and then make him 'SIT' and you will find that this will stop
your German Shepherd Dog barking.
this out for German
Training for German Shepherd Dogs
is really all about training your
German Shepherd Dog, forming a
bond between you, and enjoying a good, stable relationship of
trust, understanding, and discipline
must be the Boss!
Do not ever
tolerate bad behavior from your German
Shepherd, he should
never be allowed to get away with it, deal with it immediately. If you
treat your German Shepherd in a fair but strict manner, believe me - he
will respect you for it as the Alpha Dog
i.e. his leader of your pack.