7 Silent Dog Breeds
Just because you love your dog more than anything doesn’t mean that every now and then you won’t get frustrated by all her barking. “If you’ve got a dog that barks excessively, here are a few tips for keeping the peace,” says Mary Burch, Ph.D., American Kennel Club Good Citizen Director and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.
Determine the cause. Understanding what is causing your dog to bark will help you find a solution. There are several functions for barking, including alerting (like when a stranger is at the front door), excitement (usually occurs during active play), to communicate with you (as in “I want to go outside!”), to communicate with another dog and due to separation (meaning your dog barks continuously when you are out of the house).
Fixes for when you’re home. When you’re around and your dog barks, try teaching him to bark on cue. “When the dog is barking, have some treats handy,” suggests Burch. “When the dog is quiet, say ‘quiet’ and give the dog a treat. Whatever you do, don’t give the dog the food reward when he’s barking.”
Fixes for when you’re away. If your dog constantly barks when you’re away, try leaving the music or television playing. “For more severe separation issues, there are behavioral solutions for addressing separation anxiety,” says Burch. “Your trainer or an animal behaviorist can help you with these.”
If you’ve always wanted a pup, but can’t stand the idea of all that barking, fear not – did you know that certain breeds are known for not being big barkers? Here are the top 7 “silent” dog breeds, according to the AKC.