One of the greatest traits of the American Eskimo breed is that they are extremely protective of their families and are quick to bark at strangers. One of the worst traits of the American Eskimo breed is that they love to bark. Sadly, this love of hearing their own voice on what can seem to be an almost non-stop basis is why many of these amazing and beautiful dogs end up at the pound.
Barking is what this breed seems to do best; it is in their genes and not something you are going to completely cure your Eskie of in any hurry. In fact, you may never completely break your pup of his natural desire to be vocal, but with hard work, patience, and time, you should be able to keep it down to a dull roar. More importantly, you should be able to teach your pup to stop barking on command.
American Eskimos are fun-loving, active dogs who love to play, learn new tricks, and even solve puzzles. But at the same time, that are very protective and have a hard time getting used to strangers, have exceptional hearing, and take their role as the family protector very seriously. In fact, they are only too happy to vocalize the fact someone is in your yard. The good news is that Eskies are highly intelligent and can learn most commands easily.
The intent behind this command is to teach your dog to be quiet when you want him to be. If everyone in your home is gone during the day, an Eskie is not your best choice. At the same time, you should not leave one outside all the time as he will probably bark non-stop. Someone needs to be there to tell him to 'be quiet' or he will continue his high-pitched barking.
The hardest part of training your Eskie to stop barking is finding the time needed to do so and, of course, the patience to keep trying. Since barking comes naturally to your pup, you are trying to teach him to do something that goes against his nature. It can be hard to find the perfect time to work on this training, but in reality, any time your pup starts barking is a good time to start the training. In fact, the earlier you start working to discourage this type of behavior the better off everyone will be. On top of this, your neighbors are sure to appreciate the long moments of silence your training will help to achieve.