Dogs being man’s best friends have not only offered companionship but protection as well. Dogs that are specifically raised to be guard dogs are actually trained to bark at the sight of strangers. The need to teach the dog to bark is rather puzzling as barking is a natural behavior of these animals. Never think that training the dog to bark would be a breeze as the training entails teaching the dog to bark only when it has perceived potentially dangerous people and situations. The training’s objective is to hone the dog’s discriminatory instinct so that it will only bark at situations that need the master’s attention.
The objective of the training is to enhance the discriminatory skill of the dog so that when it barks the master will know that something needs his attention. This is rather a hard task for dogs as these animals really do have the inclination to bark. The slightest movement and sound will already make a dog bark. These animals even bark at shadows created by leaves on the trees. Training the dog to bark though can be done.
There are many techniques available to teach a dog to bark but due to individual differences, one technique that was proven effective for one dog may not work for another. Positive reinforcement is proven effective in any kind of training. The training is aimed at restraining the dog’s natural barking behavior. The dog must be made to bark thus you can leash the dog near the gate or fence.
Generally, dogs will bark at anyone that passes by so you will be given a chance to command the dog to stop barking. “Quiet” or “No bark” given in a firm authoritative voice will let the dog know that you, the alpha male means business. The dog will eventually understand that barking at the postman or at the passing cars will annoy the master.
For the next level of training ask someone to forcefully enter the door. Command the dog to bark as soon as the person approach the gate or the door. The command can be “bark” or “speak”. As soon as the dog barks immediately praise or reward the dog with a treat. Repeat this training several times but remember to be consistent with the command you are going to use so as not to confuse the dog. Reward the dog every time it obeys your command. Make sure to praise and reward the dog as these positive reinforcements will entice the dog to respond well to the training.