However, you can have too much of a good thing, especially with regards to barking. It's getting a little grating on the nerves that every time someone comes to the door you eardrums are strained by the loud volley of barking.
You've tried shouting but he doesn't take the slightest notice. The only thing that makes him go quiet is if you give him a treat... but that's only because he can't bark and chew at the same time.
What hope is there to cure him of this bad habit?
Actually, you can train even a small dog not to bark, but be prepared for the long haul in order to achieve it.
As with everything to do with dog training, use reward-based methods. This relies on rewarding the dog's good behavior. He then learns that repeating certain actions on command earn him a treat, and so he repeats them willingly.
If you have a puppy, start as you mean to go on. By letting the dog know at an early age what behavior is acceptable and what isn't, then he's less likely to develop bad habits. But don't despair if you have an adult or senior dog, because you can teach an old dog new tricks--and teach them to be quiet.
Carlos will not stop barking at the neighbors through the fence. We've tried teaching the quiet command but he will not listen for anything if he sees them. How can we get him to pay attention? He's not very food motivated and will only pay attention to his toys when the neighbor isn't present.
Hello, has Carlos met the neighbors yet? Sometimes when the person is a familiar face, the barking is no longer an issue. Is Carlos outside alone and barking? Not allowing him out alone is an idea. I would continue to work on the Quiet Command as described here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark (it is typically quite successful) and as well, brush up on all of his obedience commands: https://wagwalking.com/training/obedience-train-a-whippet. Other suggestions would be to build a deterrence in front of the fence (such as temporary wire gardening fencing that can be removed once the problem is solved). As well, when Carlos goes to the fence and barks, follow him there, tell him no, and physically remove him from the space to another section of the yard and keep him there until he is quiet. Do this every time he barks, all the while telling him "quiet." Eventually, with hard work, every time you say "quiet" he should stop and come to you. Perfect his recall as well: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall. Use the Reel In Method to teach Carlos that when you call him, you mean business. Good luck!
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Remy lives with his sister Olive. He is becoming one of “those little dogs”...barking at everything. Other dogs, people, nothing....🤨. Olive seems to just bark mostly at appropriate times. I’m doing quite with a hand gesture and rewards when he stops and is quite or the occasional time he doesn’t bark when I can move his attention. It doesn’t really seem to be working as he still yaps way too much. Help! What can I do to stop this before it gets way out of hand.
Hello Lori, First, I suggest focusing on pup's socialization. Many puppies bark a lot because things are very new to them so they are over-excited or fearful. Introducing lots of different people, places and things and rewarding pup for good responses can make things less new for pup and help pup be calmer around them. Check out the barking series from the videos on the Youtube channel linked below to help pup to help desensitize pup to things they are overly sensitive as welll. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAA4pob0Wl0W2agO7frSjia1hG85IyA6a Finally, barking is a self-rewarding behavior - meaning that barking actually releases certain chemicals in a dog's brain that they may find rewarding, so a dog may continue barking as an enjoyable activity itself. When this is the case, pup probably needs an interrupter before they will be able to calm themselves back down and learn to stay calm. Pup needs to be socialized, desensitized and know Quiet too for any form of correction to have lasting effects - but if you find pup cannot calm back down, giving pup a command like Quiet, and calmly spraying a small puff of air from something like an unscented air pet convincer at pup's side briefly can help to snap pup out of it - but it needs to be followed up with rewards for staying quiet to reinforce learning self-control after, and pup needs to be desensitized and socialized to prevent barking in the first place. If you find a correction is needed don't use citronella and never spray in the face. Choose the mildest form of correction that interrupts pups barking. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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