How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking Inside

What if your dog barks at things from inside your house or apartment?

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
6-minute read
Episode #101

Step 1. Will Scolding Your Dog Make Her Stop Barking?

Make it easier for your dog to relax by giving her plenty of physical and mental exercise every day.

You’ve probably already figured out that yelling “Dogalini, quiet!” doesn’t accomplish much; even if you manage to intimidate your dog into shutting up that moment, the next time a neighbor passes, the barking starts right up again. This is a good principle to have learned, by the way: agitation tends to increase agitation. Any time your dog is more amped than you would like, stay cool and speak softly. It doesn’t always help, but it never hurts.

Whatever reason your dog has for those barkfests, you’ll notice how relevant that word “agitation” is. It’s not a laid-back dog who’s charging your front window every time somebody walks by. Make it easier for your dog to relax—provide plenty of physical and mental exercise so instead of spending his day keyed up and full of unburned energy, he’s busy sleeping. A guideline for young healthy dogs: at least an hour of running, trotting, and sniffing, with maybe a few dozen rounds of fetch or a brisk game of tug, to start the day.

Step 2. Use Training and Food Puzzle Toys to Burn Off Steam

Meals should come in two forms: as training rewards, and out of food-dispensing puzzle toys. The more energetic and easily cranked your dog is, the less of her food should come out of a bowl.

That’s part 1, priming your dog to actually need some downtime instead of being alert and ready to spring into action.

Step 3. Get Your Dog to Stop Barking by Blocking Your Dog’s View Out the Window

Part 2 is taking steps to cut back her exposure to the sights and sounds that get her going.


About the Author

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Jolanta holds professional certifications in both training and behavior counseling and belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also volunteered with Pet Help Partners, a program of the Humane Society of the United States that works to prevent pet relinquishment. Her approach is generally behaviorist (Pavlovian, Skinnerian and post-Skinnerian learning theory) with a big helping of ethology (animal behavior as observed in non-experimental settings).