Teaching your dog to "ask" for food by barking seemed like a good idea at first. But, now that he barks every time you sit down to a meal, grab a snack, or go to put food in his bowl, the charm has worn off. The official name for this type of barking is "on demand barking", which is when your dog barks in response to a specific stimulus. There are many ways for your dog to pick up this habit, feeding him as above is one of the more common ways.
Picture this, Jane is sitting down at the dinner table when her pup starts to bark excitedly for whatever reason. So, to get him to stop barking, Jane tossed him something off her plate as this seemed to be the easiest way to shut him up. Dogs have a habit of learning very quickly, especially when there appears to be a reward in the form of food. When Jane does this three or four times, the behavior will be firmly entrenched in his habit.
Now that your dog has developed the habit of barking or "asking" for food, you have to break him of this habit. The bad news is that it is far harder to break him of the habit than it was for him to acquire it. The longer you wait, the harder this habit will be to break. The good news is that if you are willing to put in the time and effort to train him, your pup will no longer bark at you every time you have food. The simplest command to use for this is 'quiet', try not to use anything too complicated as doing so will only serve to confuse your dog and make training him to be that much tougher.
Once you teach him this behavior, you will be able to apply the same training to any other time your dog barks and shouldn't. This includes barking at people or cars going by, people knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell. There are many things that can lead to "on demand barking", the hard part is trying to determine the various triggers so that you can work on teaching your pup to be quiet.
Before you can get started, you need to identify when your dog barks. Is it while you are sitting down to a meal, when you are on the couch with a snack, or when you are trying to feed him? Once you understand the triggers, it will be much easier for you to teach him to stop barking. However, you will need a few things, including:
Once you know when and where he is barking, training him to be quiet won't be that hard. In no time at all, you will be able to sit down to a meal or a snack and not have to listen to your dog barking at you.
My puppy demand barks for food or to go inside when on a tieout. He bites us when we play with him, chews things up, and etc.
Every time I catch him doing something wrong, I clap to startle him, but he thinks it's playtime, so he drags the object he's not supposed to chew with him, and starts running from me. From there on, I have to catch him and put him onto a leash, and hook him to the wall.
Hello Kien, For the barking for food use the "Bed" method and also teach him the "Quiet" command so that you can tell him "Quiet" when he barks, and discipline his disobedience and reward his obedience, rather than simply fussing at him or punishing him for something he does not understand. Make sure that you are not rewarding him for the barking by giving him what he is barking for when he barks. Wait until he is quiet and does something you want him to do like "Sit" when he is being rude. Use the "Quiet" method found in the article below to teach "Quiet". https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Also, work on teaching him "Fetch", "Leave It", and "Drop It". When you are home to supervise him, attach a six-foot leash without a handle to him and let him drag it around the house. When he grabs something that he should not have, then tell him to "Drop It" or "Fetch", which means bring it to you. If he obeys, then reward him with a treat or one of his own favorite toys. If he tries to run away, then calmly step on the end of his leash and reel him in to you, so that you do not have to chase him and he will not think running away is fun. When you step on the leash and reel him in, stay very calm and boring. You want him to decide that taking things is boring. Expect him to need a lot of help learning not to chew on your things. Puppies, especially Retriever puppies, normally need to chew and carry things around in their mouths, especially while they are young and teething. Make sure that he has his own toys to chew on. Do not expect him not to chew at all. Give him something acceptable to chew instead. One great way to encourage him to chew on his own toys is to place his dog food into a bowl with water. Let it soak until the food turns into mush. Very loosely stuff a large Kong classic toy with the mush and then freeze it. Give these frozen Kongs to him when you need him to occupy himself or you need to crate him. You can also send him to his bed during meal times before he barks and give him a Kong to chew on during the meal. I highly recommend crating or placing him in a sturdy Exercise Pen with a tasty Kong when you cannot supervise him. Make sure you include the Kong because that will help him to learn to chew on his own toys and will keep him from becoming as bored and developing a bad barking habit while confined. You can also give him a food stuffed Kong while he is outside and bored before he begins barking. Try to be patient with him. All of the behaviors he is exhibiting are perfectly normal for a puppy his age, and training takes time. Look into Puppy classes in your area. Attending a puppy class will speed up some of his training. Look for one that includes commands like "Leave It", "Come", and puppy socialization. Also look into Ian Dunbar's free online resources. He is a highly respected trainer who started puppy kindergarten classes in the US fifty years ago and he has numerous free podcasts, articles, videos, and other resources for free or cheap online. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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She chases the cat. Won't stop unless we physically force her to. Over and over. And if the cat runs outside she goes after her, won't stop on command
Thank you for the question. The fact that Halley is chasing the cat is not surprising because the Heeler is a dog that has a predatory instinct, as well as the innate love of herding. However, Halley is young so should be able to be taught to not chase the cat. Obedience will be key to solving the problem. I suggest that you work every day on commands like sit, stay, come, and down. Keep the sessions fun and not too long (due to Halley's age) but work with her consistently every day. Once she knows she has to obey the commands, she'll be less likely to chase the cat. (Be sure to reward Halley as you train so that listening is more valuable than chasing the cat.) It's important for the safety of your cat that there is a safe place to get away from Halley when needed. This is a good article with video about introducing a Heeler and a cat safely: https://barkhow.com/are-blue-heelers-good-with-cats/. As well, take a look here:https://wagwalking.com/training/not-chase-cats and https://wagwalking.com/training/ignore-cats. Also https://wagwalking.com/training/accept-a-cat and https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-not-chase-cats. Good luck and stay consistent!
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