Overall, Boston Terrier much like other terrier breeds tend to bark more than most breeds. They have great hearing and will bark to alert their owners when they hear something unusual outside. They will bark at strangers and other dogs when they first meet them as well.
Do Boston Terriers Grow Out Of Barking?
As Boston Terriers age they will eventually slow down on their barking because their energy levels will be lower and they will have become more mature and not bark at every little thing. My Boston Terrier did not stop barking at everything til she was at least 3-4 years old.
Now if barking is an issue read below to see why they bark and how you can correct your Boston Terriers barking.
Why Would Your Boston Terrier Bark?
Before we get into how to correct your dogs barking lets take a look into why your pet would bark. This will help determine the root cause of your Boston Terriers barking in return can lead you down the right path to correct it.
Dogs tend to bark for several different reasons, from alerting their owners to playing. When there is excessive barking this is usually do to separation anxiety.
Types of Bark
- Playing Bark – A shorter high-pitch bark
- Anxiety/Stress Bark – Repetitive, monotone barking
- Defense Bark – loud forceful barks, they may show their teeth more as well.
- Boredom Bark – a lot of times dogs tend to bark because they are too bored.
Like mentioned above most of the time Boston Terriers with excessive barking the main cause is anxiety/stress.
How To Correct Excessive Barking?
If you live somewhere like an apartment or just don’t like to hear barking all the time, there are remedies your can use to reduce the excessive barking without reaching for the bark collar.
Correct Anxious Barking-
The first thing to do is to find the source of what they may be anxious about. Example – something outside such as the mailman or other animals.
You can try blocking the view of your dog or maybe dimming the environment making it harder for your dog to see.
Try using positive enforcement training by rewarding your dog when they correct their bad behavior. Expose them to the stressor and then reward them when they stop barking.
Using some natural calming remedies such as relaxing and stress reducing chews and sprays.
Correct Playful Barking-
Although to me playful barking is something that is temporary and most dogs will grow out of it, there are some dogs who may go over the top with their barking.
To correct playful barking, try tiring your dog out throughout the day by taking them on walks or maybe going to a dog park. This will lower their energy levels and help with the excessive barking.
Sometimes the cause of barking is boredom, you can help reduce the barking by providing things to keep your dog busy. This can be done several ways.
Try freezing dog treats and then letting them like and chew on it until it thaws out. This will keep your dog busy and happy.
Giving your dog adequate toys to chew on. Here is a great chew toy that will keep your dog busy and happy.
How To Train Your Boston Terrier Puppy To Not Bark?
The best time to train your Boston Terrier no to bark is when they are a puppy. Training your dog as a puppy will provide the structure they need young which makes it easier for them since they have not developed bad habits.
First, determine what is the cause of the barking and to make sure it is not from something such as being ill or injured. Most of the times puppies bark due to playing or anxiety/fear.
Once you have determined your puppy is not barking from being ill or injured it is time to train your boston terrier puppy.
The main thing you younger pups is to provide consistent responses to your puppy’s behavior. You do not want to confuse you puppy and makes thing harder. It is best to do positive reinforcement training on a consistent basis.
Here Are Some Simple Tips To Help With Puppy Barking
- Remove any stressors or triggers for the barking such as other animals, vacuum, or outside distractions.
- Provide plenty of toys and chew bones to prevent your puppy from getting bored.
- Maintain consistent engagement and playing with your new puppy. Take them for walks.
- Teach them simple commands such as “sit” and “come”. This will help your puppy to learn how to listen to you and provide a foundation of respect from your dog.
I hope the above information has help you learn a little more about Boston Terriers and barking along with several ways to help correct the barking.
**Please try not to use bark collars as they will usually cause a negative response to your dog and may cause other anxiety and fear issues**