Are you infamous on your road for the unmistakable sound of barking and whining that your dog emits consistently through out the day? Do you try and sit down to enjoy your episode of Judge Judy, only for him to feel the need to bark at everyone that walks past the house? He may also whine whenever he wants food, to go outside, or even just some attention. It may have been cute and endearing to start with, but now it’s nothing short of irritating and it’s also giving you a bad reputation among your neighbors.
It probably makes having friends and family over a challenge too. Nobody wants to enter a house where they are barked at for the first 10 minutes. But dogs are often misunderstood and their barking is usually a defensive or protective sign and the whining is often a case of attention seeking behavior. Tackling barking and whining will bring you some much-deserved peace and quiet!
Getting a handle on barking and whining involves first addressing the underlying cause. That may mean making some changes to your dog's environment and changing your behavior around him too. It will also require obedience commands, enabling you to instruct him to be quiet. Consistency and patience will be key if you want to overcome this rather noisy hurdle.
Due to the multitude of reasons behind barking and whining, fully rectifying the behavior may take several weeks. It will be quicker to tackle the problem in puppies who are more receptive than their elder counterparts, who have had years to cement their bad habits. But while it may be challenging, it is important to manage if you want a peaceful home and a comfortable environment for friends and family to visit.
Before you get to work, you will need to get together a number of things. First, you will need food or treats to incentivize and reward him. You will also need a quiet environment, free from distractions.
If it is your puppy whining, you will need a secure crate to house him in to begin with. You may also want a radio or TV that you can use to help distract the dog from passersby.
An optimistic, proactive attitude will also be required for fast, effective results. Once you have gathered all the necessities, you can get going on the task at hand.
So Cosmo doesn't have a crate, since he came to us pretty well potty trained (not perfect...ive asked another question adressing this, and i appreciate the help). Instead we have one of those small fences that you could shape any way you want and close, so we keep him in this fence in the living room. The thing is that when we keep him in there he wants us to be in there at the same time to keep him company i guess, but I can't always do that since I have tasks and things to do. I also do not want to spoil him. So whenever we leave him alone in here he starts barking really loud, and doesn't stop until we come inside. So what we do is, before we sleep we take him for a 45 minute walk and maybe even jog a little to get him really tired. This helps to reduce the time he barks and whines until he stops and sleeps. I leave in the morning and he tends to always bark after I leave, and he stops when my mom stares at him and yells stop. He kind of starts sulking and lies down. But when I come home and he is barking for my attention I try doing the same, but he doesn't listen to me and continues to bark. I can't give him treats either coz he doesnt start barking, so I am forced to do everything upstairs where he cant see me so hell stop barking. Is there anyway where I can get him to stop barking when Im downstairs and he is in his Dog fence where he can see me.
Hello Siddesh, First, teach Cosmo the "Quiet" command by following the "Quiet" method from the article that I have linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Second, purchase something called a Pet Convincer, which can be bought online from places like amazon and Chewy, which is a small can of pressured air with no scent. When he barks at you tell him "Quiet". If he does not stop then, even though he knows what "Quiet" means because you have taught him with the method above, then go over to him, tell him "Ah-Ah!" calmly but firmly and spray his side with a puff of air from the pet convincer, then walk away again. When you are in the same room with him and he is in his doggie den and he is being calm and quiet for an extended period of time, then you can periodically toss him a treat if you with also. By teaching him the "Quiet" command first, when you discipline him with the air puff it is for something he knew she should have done and chose not to, this gives him the ability to avoid punishment by obeying you the first time, making the discipline more gentle and fair. If you cannot get Cosmo to bark enough by triggering barking to teach him "Quiet", then skip that part and go straight to correcting him barking with the Pet Convincer and rewarding him for staying quiet for a while. Remember to look for opportunities in general to reward him for doing the behavior that you want, even if that behavior is simply laying down quietly at normal times. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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None of these tips seem relevant to our problem. We are trying to crate train him and he whines and barks the whole time he is in the crate. We work him with walks and ball/frisbee fetching which sometimes works but not all the time. It is also really bad in the am after we let him out to go to the bathroom.
Hello Larry, It is normal to hear a lot of protesting when you first begin crate training. There are a few things that you can do. First, place his breakfast into a bowl and cover it with water and let it sit out until it turns into mush. When it is very mushy then mix some peanut butter or treat paste into it, and then loosely stuff the mush into a large Kong and freeze the entire thing. You can also stuff several Kongs at once for the week. When you place your puppy into the crate, then put one of these Kongs in there with him. Make sure that it is not stuffed too tightly though or your pup will not be able to get the food out. Stuffing the Kong this way should give your puppy something to do, reward him for being quiet while he chews, and because the Kong is frozen, entertain him for a while. When your puppy is being quiet in the crate, then go over to him and calmly drop a few treats inside and then leave again. If he is barking, then ignore him, and especially do not let him out until he is quiet for at least a second or two. It typically takes puppies time to get used to the crate and a fair amount of barking and whining is normal. It is important to provide him with something to do in the crate, to reward quiet behavior, to give him short opportunities to practice during the day when you can reward his quiet behavior with treats and freedom, and to ignore the barking and whining so that he does not learn to be more persistent because he thinks you will eventually let him out if he keeps it up. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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