Provide your dog with enough mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom and reduce its tendency to bark excessively. This can include regular exercise and playtime, as well as interactive toys and puzzles that can keep your dog’s mind engaged.
If your dog has separation anxiety, consider providing it with a safe and comfortable space to go to when you are not home, and gradually acclimate it to being alone by starting with short periods of time and gradually increasing the length of time you are away.
Avoid reinforcing your dog’s barking by giving it attention or rewards when it is barking excessively. This can include not responding to its barking when you are home, as well as not giving it treats or other rewards when it is barking.
Overall, properly training and managing your dog to prevent excessive barking involves identifying the reasons for the barking, using positive reinforcement training, providing enough mental and physical stimulation, and avoiding reinforcing the behavior. By following these steps, you can help your dog learn to bark only when appropriate and reduce its excessive barking.