It's important to understand that barking is a natural behaviour for dogs. A dog's propensity to bark depends on a few factors, such as the breed of dog and its personality. Both breed and personality are things that can't really be changed and so if your dog likes to bark it might be something fundamental to who it is.
There are lots of reasons why dogs will bark. Commonly they bark as a kind of alarm call when they sense that danger is nearby, they also bark when they're craving attention or may bark because of an underlying health complaint.
So complete cessation of barking should not be aim, however it is definitely feasible to make barking less of a problem. Dogs will usually bark in reaction to something in their environment so where you can provide security and safety your dog will often respond by barking less.
In a practical way, when a dog's mouth is full barking will become less of a problem. So, if your dog has access to toys they might not bark, simply because they are not able to.
Most dogs respond very well to training and so you might teach your dog a speak or be quiet command. Doing this gives you a little extra control over your dog's behaviour.
All pets are unique and so your dog might like to bark whereas another is much more quiet, usually this is not a cause for alarm unless, of course, it's an alarm call.
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