Training your Boston Terrier to Stop Barking Constantly


The constant barking of your Boston Terrier can often be a nuisance and can certainly get you in trouble with your neighbors.

Many owners have been successful in correcting the constant barking of their dogs with consistent training and patience.

Barking in dogs is a bad habit which is developed over time.  An owner is usually an accessory to the development of this behavior when he spoils his pet or inadvertently rewarding him for barking. When your dog barks because he was frightened by something, your immediate reaction is to reach out and touch him. This action will wrongly imprint a message that you are rewarding him with a pat because he barked. Your Boston Terrier will often bark whenever he yearns for your attention.

If your dog has already developed the habit of barking, it will take a lot of patience from you in order to let him relearn good habits. It will also taxing on your part because you have to exercise restraint and self-control in order to let your dog know that you are serious with what you are doing and you are never going to let him get away with barking in order to get the “alpha dog’s” attention.  

Perhaps your dog has been spoiled by you and the habit has been formed by tolerance on your part. When he was still a puppy, he was perceived as cute and adorable when he barks and you will often reach out to pat him or reach down to take him in your arms. This behavior contributed to the formation of the habit.

Now that his barking has become a nuisance not only to you but to your neighbors as well, the decision to train him to stop barking constantly has to be done. The dog has to learn discipline all over again. And it is up to you to play a key role in helping your Boston Terrier get over this behavior.

In the process of training him, your dog should be able to realize that it is perfectly alright to seek for your attention, but it should be done in the right manner which is acceptable.  Your Boston Terrier should know that there is a price to pay so that he can get your attention.

When he barks at you, don’t respond immediately. Pretend that you didn’t hear him and that you are busy with something else.  Once your dog realizes that he is unable to get your attention, he is ready to get trained. He is ready to regain your friendship by your terms.

You start training your dog to sit on command. He needs to be taught that he should stay and wait for you to give him your attention. When he comes seeking for attention, command him to sit first before you give him a pat on the head or a belly rub. If he jumps up on you and starts barking, command him to sit again. When he does, you should give him a pat or give him his favorite doggie treat.

When you are consistent with your training, your dog will learn that he must do what is right, such as sitting before he will be able to get your attention. This type of training is based on ignoring behavior that is unsatisfactory and rewarding pleasing behavior. When your dog perceives that you respond to a certain behavior, he will think that it is good and acceptable, so he will continue to do it.  However, when he realizes that a certain behavior, such as barking, will not get your attention, he will surely learn to get rid of the behavior.