You’ve got to move your teeth. It’s a very difficult thing,” says Mr. Caffrey, the University of Colorado psychologist, who specializes in canine communication.
So how do you stop a yawn? The only tool that works for many dogs. You simply have them go for it—and if you can’t, just stop it.
How to Stop a Dog from Wagging Its Tail
For dogs, there are two methods for stopping a barking. The first is to go for it like a kid and go with it. If the dog is too far away and just isn’t going to go for you, try to push or pull, and if needed, hit the dog with a treat.
If the dog is too close to you and just won’t stop, you might try putting your hands in his mouth and rubbing your face up against the dog’s throat. That’s also a good method, but not a very good one. First, you could end up licking your face and end up doing a lot of tongue work, which is bad for your teeth. Second, licking is a form of licking; you’ve got to learn to control it.
Dogs that seem close do very good. They’ll go for it, but as soon as you put your hands in them, you’ve crossed the line, and it doesn’t work. If you do it, though, it’s a very powerful way to stop a barking dog that doesn’t want to go away.
To stop barking for humans, use your hands to make sure they don’t move, and then make your voice more soothing and playful, says Dr. Caffrey. “That will have an effect,” Dr. Caffrey says. “It will take the bark away and you’ll have a dog that will stop.” The problem is, there’s a big range of dogs in the world that will just as likely bark as won’t.
When a dog will suddenly stop, it’s important to know exactly what’s wrong. Sometimes they might give up completely or have other problems. What can you do first? Stop it now, Dr. Caffrey says.
If a dog keeps going or makes a lot of snoring noises, just repeat the same technique. “If it’s a particularly big dog, you can try putting your hands in its mouth and rubbing your face,” she says.
Dr. Caffrey offers another alternative: She says you should play loud, annoying music