Unfortunately, this can also mean he barks at the drop of a hat (literally) , which is made all the worse because he loves the sound of his own voice. Sometimes it sounds like you have a crazed hound trapped in the house, which doesn't endear you any to the neighbors.
This can be done with a little savvy training and the help of food to reward silence.
At the outset know you are waging an uphill battle against Mother Nature, but with consistent instruction, patience, and repitition you will succeed and silence will reign.
Fortunately, you need very little equipment to teach a Beagle to stop barking. Most of the skill is in timing and motivation. Here's what you'll need:
Excessive barking in early morning
Hello Richard, There are a few options depending on why he is barking. If it has been more than 10 hours since he went potty, then he may be barking to go potty - in which case he needs to be taken out, then can be crated again if needed. If he is barking at something in particular, such as a neighbor that he always hears the same time every day, then I suggest desensitizing him to that noise or thing: Desensitization videos: Video 1: https://youtu.be/Jp_l9C1yT1g Video 2: https://youtu.be/X5BjvNScFPs Video 3: https://youtu.be/DxPrNnulp5s Some dogs will simply bark for fun or because they are bored - barking is a behavior that is self-rewarding. If he is doing that, then I suggest using a punisher to make the barking less fun for him, and making sure he has other things he can choose to do instead like chew on fun chew toys. You can either correct with a stimulation based bark collar, or use a Pet Convincer - which is a small canister of unscented pressurized air (Do NOT use citronella). The bark collar will correct him automatically. If you use the Pet Convincer, teach him the Quiet command using the Quiet method from the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Once he understands what Quiet means, tell him Quiet in the morning. If he stays quiet, then return and give him a dog-food stuffed Kong to chew on. If he barks, then when he barks go to him, calmly tell him "Ah Ah" and spray a brief puff of air from the Pet Convincer at his side (NOT his face), then leave again. Repeat the corrections whenever he starts barking again. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Currently, I do not have this challenge, but I’m nervous about leaving in regards to how loud the dog may become. I read various posts about training the dog not to bark with training treats, but was unsure how successful this would be.
Hello Jenna, Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below. Working on this proactively early on with crate training at times when you are home can help to prevent barking later. Also, giving pup a dog food chew toy to work on in the crate during longer stints can be great for preventing barking later - since pup gets into the habit of settling down to chew instead of starting to protest when you leave. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Another good resource is the free PDF E-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy, which can be downloaded at the link below. It offers a good general view of raising a puppy, and how things fit together. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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