Sometimes you have to stop dogs barking because they are annoying your neighbors. Other times you have to stop dogs barking because they are annoying somebody in your household, perhaps one of your old relatives who is trying to get his afternoon nap, or maybe your dog is just pushing you over the edge with its constant yapping. A dog will bark, this is natural in any dog, it is as natural for a dog to bark as it is for a dog to continue breathing. There are many different techniques that you can use so that you can stop your dog from barking. The first thing that you have to do is to take notice of why your dog is barking in the first place. This is really important because if you don't know why you dog is barking then how can you take any measures to curb that barking.
Once you know why your dog is barking and where it is doing most of the barking your first move in your quest to stop dogs barking is to take the dog and place him in the area where he normally barks. Make sure you have some of the dog's favorite treats with you at the time. Here's what you do... wait till your dog starts barking, pet your dog and say "good boy", then you must ask the dog what is the matter. Then you must tell the dog in a firm voice to be quiet. Once the dog is quiet you can wait for two or three seconds and give the dog one of the treats. Congratulate your dog again for being quiet. The next step now is to wait for the dog to start barking again. Tell him to be quiet and wave the treat in front of him once more. This time extend period of time by a few seconds until you give the dog it's treat. Repeat this a few times until you have the dog being quiet for a couple of minutes at a time. The dog will then associate getting his treats with being quiet.
There are also various products that you can buy to stop dogs barking. These include stop barking dog collars. There also certain breeds that have a natural proclivity towards incessant barking. There is really nothing that you can do about an innate tendency to bark. Although in these cases, or in the cases where you cannot stop dogs barking by either training them yourself or buying stop dog barking products which will serve as training devices, you should get the dog some behavioral therapy and/or visit your veterinarian. If you are living in a quiet neighborhood and you are getting complaints from your neighbors it makes quite a lot of sense to stop dogs barking.