Why Does My Labrador Snore?
The reason why your dog snores is because it’s a natural behavior that is instinctual. Dogs are not meant to live in silence all day long. They need to communicate with each other, play, chase prey and so on. When humans don’t give them enough attention or stimulation, their instincts kick into overdrive and they start making noise!
Dogs may have been around since before man was even thought of, but they were never domesticated like our pets today. If anything, they’re wild animals and deserve the freedom to express themselves without being controlled by us. However, if you keep them under control, then you can make sure that they will always obey your commands.
So how do you train a dog?
You use positive reinforcement. If you reward them for doing what you want, they’ll continue to do it.
So how do you teach your dog to stop barking?
Well, there are two ways:
You could try yelling at them loudly (or quietly) until they stop. This method works well for some dogs, but others just won’t listen to any kind of punishment whatsoever. You can try shoving a rag in their mouth so they won’t make noise, but some dogs will just end up choking themselves and it’s very likely that they’ll still bark when you take the rag out. You could try spraying them with water whenever they start barking.
While this does stop them from barking instantly, you may have spent more money on water than intended and most dogs don’t respond too well to being sprayed directly in the face. This could also escalate to the point where they may start to hate baths and become fearful of you. You could get a bark collar. These collars deliver a small shock whenever the dog starts barking. While these can work well at stopping the barking, they can also lead to your dog associating the pain with other things, leading to aggression and other negative behavior issues.
So, what’s a dog owner to do when their dog won’t stop barking?
The best thing you can do is to ignore the barking. If you pay attention to the dog, it will see that its actions are getting a reaction and that it’s getting your attention. The barking is what is reinforcing the behavior, so if you take that away then the dog shouldn’t have anything encouraging it to bark in the first place.
You need to completely ignore the dog for at least a few hours when it barks. Otherwise, it’ll think that it only has to stop for a little while before you pay attention to it again.
The dog should eventually get the message that it won’t get a reaction from you when it barks and it will eventually quit doing it so much. This method can take some time and a lot of patience, but in the long run your dog will likely be quieter than ever before.
If you’re struggling to train your dog, there are many professional dog trainer options available.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Newfoundland and Labrador English (S Clarke – 2010 – books.google.com)
- Borrowed Black: A Labrador Fantasy (EB Obed – 2005 – books.google.com)
- Nineteenth century ceramic artifacts from a seasonally occupied fishing station on Saddle Island, Red Bay, Labrador (J Roubaud – 1993 – Dalkey Archive Press)