Stopping Excited Dog Barking in the Car Upon Arrival

by David Mason

How do I stop my dog barking in the car when we arrive at our destination. Dog is super excited!

Editor Suggestion for Stopping Excited Barking in the Car Upon Arrival

Dear David,

Thank you for your question. Excitement in dogs can manifest in different ways, and barking in the car when you're close to your destination is quite common. It's clear your dog enjoys outings and is eagerly anticipating whatever adventure awaits. While this enthusiasm is generally a good sign, it's understandable you'd want to manage the excessive barking.

Here are a few tips that might help:

1. Gradual Exposure:
Start by taking your dog on short, non-eventful car trips around the block. This can help to desensitize them to the excitement of car rides. Once they start becoming more comfortable and less reactive, gradually increase the length of the trips.

2. Calming Techniques:
Try to calm your dog before you get in the car and maintain this calming behavior throughout the ride. This could involve a walk or exercise session before the car ride to help expend some energy, or using calming products like pheromone sprays in the car.

3. Training:
Teach your dog a 'quiet' command. Start this training in a non-exciting environment and gradually work
up to practicing in more stimulating circumstances, like the car.

4. Reinforce Positive Behavior:
Reward your dog for being quiet. Use treats, praises, or toys to reinforce the silence. Make sure to do this only when they are quiet. This way, they will associate being quiet and calm with getting rewards.

5. Divert Attention:
Distract your dog as you're nearing your destination. This can be done using toys or puzzle feeders. This could also be a good time to employ the 'quiet' command if you have been training your dog with it.

6. Keep Arrivals Low-Key:
Excitement can build as you near your destination, especially if you're visibly excited or talking to your dog about it. Keeping arrivals low-key can help reduce your dog's excitement.

7. Seek Professional Training Help:
If the barking persists, consider seeking help from a professional dog trainer or a behaviorist. They can provide more specific guidance tailored to your dog's needs and temperament.

Training takes time and consistency. Progress may be slow, but with patience, you can help your dog learn to curb their excitement. In the meantime, try to remember that your dog's enthusiasm comes from a place of love and joy.

Best of luck, and happy travels.

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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