Famed animal behavior expert Karen Pryor, author of the landmark training book Don’t Shoot
the Dog and one of the founders of the clicker training movement, has a simple recipe to turn
down the volume.
First, she says, get all kennel staff outfitted with clickers and a bag of treats, either by carrying
them at all times, or by hanging them on the kennels themselves.
She outlines the rest in a few easy steps:
1. If a dog is barking, approach the dog, wait until the barking stops even for a split
second, click, treat, and move on. Or…
2. If a dog is barking persistently, don’t look at it; instead, click and treat its quiet
neighbors, just once, and move on.
3. If a barking dog stops when he sees you coming, click and toss a treat. Wait a few
beats, watching the dog. Click and treat, again.
4. Mark kennels of persistent barkers with a colored tag or ribbon; ask staff to click and
treat any periods of quiet from those dogs.