To train your dog not to bark, there are choke chains on the market as well as collars that send a mild shock whenever barking occurs. These can be used, but if you do not have the money to purchase these expensive items or feel they are inhumane, here is another way of training. Notice what triggers that cause your dog to bark. If it is the mailman, be prepared about the time the mailman normally comes to your home. If your on your door, this is a much easier skill to accomplish. For the mailman, have your dog in the room where the mailman can be seen about the time the mail runs at your home. When the dog sees the mailman or hears a knock on the door, he will begin to bark. Now is the time to tell the dog the command to “heel”. This will tell the dog to sit and stay by your side. Once the dog is in position, tell him or her the command “silence”. When the dog continues to bark, stand in front of the dog and crouch so that you are close to the face and repeat the command “silence.” The dog may try to lick you, or bark louder.
If a lick is given, this means the dog thinks you are playing and will be more receptive to training. Tell the dog “silence”‘ as many times as it takes for the dog to stop barking. The dog will be quiet when he or she will see the mailman is gone and did not enter the home. If you must become louder to get over the level of the dog’s bark to have the dog hear your command, do so but do not get angry or hit the dog. Repeating this exercise daily and at any other times the dog barks will ensure that your dog understands what the command “silence” means.
If your, he or she will feel comfortable enough to bite at other times. It is best to nip this as soon as it is seen, to ensure no harm comes to yourself or others from a bite. Get your dog’s favorite toy and sit on the floor. Call your dog to you, and play as you normally would. When the dog begins to bite, place your thumb inside the mouth and press it to the roof of the mouth while the forefinger is on top of the snout. Do not press hard, but hold firmly and tell the dog the command “no bite” or “no teeth”.
Always use the same command or else, training will take longer. Every time the dog nips or tries to bite, simply repeat this exercise. , and will stop the behavior that causes it. If you are not comfortable placing your hand in the dog’s mouth, here is another option. If the dog tends to bite fingers, point a finger at the dog to provoke the instinct to bite. When the dog rises to attempt a bite, command the dog to “heel”. This will overtake the dog’s instinct to bite because he has a job to do. If the dog tries to bite arms, lay on the floor with your dog. Hold your arm out to the side and allow your dog to come try to play with you. When the dog tries to nip the arm, tell the dog “no” and then leave the arm in place. If the dog continues to try to bite, repeat the “no” command and remove the arm and the playtime. If the dog thinks every time he or she tries to bite you will no longer play with them, they will stop the biting habit altogether.