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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She will bark, whine and scratch at you for food up to 1.30 hours before she is due to be fed in for tea time and will do the same when she wants a walk. She has different barks but this one is especially piercing so it’s impossible to focus on anything while she is trying to attract your attention
Hello! I will give you information on how to correct barking. But first, because of her age, I wanted to address that she may need a change to her feeding schedule. The first thing that comes to mind is blood sugar regulation. You may need to divide her meal time into 3x a day if you are currently feeding her 2x a day. If you are certain she is just "acting out" so to speak, then you can try the tips below to correct her barking. Attention Seeking Or Request Barking This type of barking is a form of expression which often developed through positive reinforcement from the owner. If your dog barks to let you know he needs to go relieve himself, this is usually a good thing. When he barks because he wants your dinner or to play or go for a walk, this is less positive. However, it’s unlikely that he became a noisy, insistent pest on his own; your family likely had a hand in this during his upbringing. For example, perhaps you thought it was cute when he barked at you while you were cooking chicken and you slipped a piece to him. Dogs are pretty good associative learners and if they make the connection that barking equals food, they won’t stop just because you no longer find it cute. To bring attention/request barking under control, you need to start by stopping–stop rewarding the barking and stop paying attention to the barking. For this, borrowing a training method that helps to stop jumping up is good idea. When your dog barks for attention or for food, cross your arms and turn your back on him. If he continues, walk out of the room. Once he stops barking, call him to you, praise him, and fulfill his request, as long as it’s reasonable. However, if he is barking for food, do not reward him with food, treats, chews etc. This will simply reinforce begging and instead of barking, he will switch to pawing at you or some other attention getting behavior. If your dog only barks to let you know he has to go potty, you need to change the behavior. Train him to ring a bell hung on the back door, or install a dog door which allows him to go when he pleases. However you go about it, changing behavior is much tougher than preventing it in the first place. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Thanks for writing in!
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Sorry I already asked a question savour barking for food but I wondered whether u knew what to do about the fact she won’t go to the loo in her garden. Our backdoor is open all day so she can go out but she will only go in the park which means we have to take her on many walks a day incase she needs the loo which isn’t practical working from home
Hello! Because of her age, this may be a bit time consuming to correct. Also, the walking is time consuming, so I suppose you will have to weigh out all of the options and see what works best for you. Because you are wanting to change her routine, please keep in mind that it can take up to about 30 days before her behavior becomes consistent. Some of the information I am sending you might sound a little remedial, but sometimes wiping the slate clean and starting fresh is the best route to go when you are re-training a behavior. I am going to send you information on both potty training and crate training. If you don't see progress within about a week or so with the potty training, it might be wise to implement the use of a crate to aid in this process so she doesn't start going inside your home. And please excuse the verbiage of this article. Most of the time, it is sent to pet owners with puppies. Potty training: Know Your Pup. As you spend time with your puppy, learn your puppy’s love language. Just as some people prefer gifts, touch, or time spent together, puppies can be the same way. Some puppies love praise or pets, while others prefer treats. As you get to know your puppy, consider what reward your puppy loves the most. Create a Daily Schedule. It is best to have a routine for your puppy. A schedule helps them understand when to eat, play, and “go to the bathroom.” Your puppy should go out frequently and the routine should be the same every time. When? Start the day by taking your puppy outside, and repeating based on age and ability. They should also go out after napping, chewing, playing, and within 10 to 15 minutes of eating. Although some puppies can sleep for seven hours, it is important to set an alarm and take your pup out during the night. When you do, don’t make a fuss about it. Quietly take them outside with minimal stimulation and light. Praise them if they go to the bathroom and gently return them to their bed or crate. You don’t want them to get stimulated and ready to play in the middle of the night! As you get to know your puppy, you will become aware of their individual habits. Click here to learn more about house training schedules for puppies. Where? Take your puppy to a specific area to urinate or defecate. Be consistent. You can create an area by using urine-soaked paper or bowel movements to help create an aroma to stimulate your puppy. How? Take your puppy out on a leash so they can focus on the desired activity. This will help prevent them from wandering off to play. Once your puppy is in the selected area, use your verbal cue, such as “Hurry Up,” “Poopies,” “Go tinkle,” or any phrase your puppy responds to. What? Know the signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom. Every animal may have a different “I gotta go” gesture, which often include restlessness, sniffing around, circling, scratching at the door, barking, and, eventually, squatting. At the first sign that your pup has to go, calmly and quickly take them outside to their bathroom spot. Deal with Accidents. Accidents are a normal part of house training a puppy. What to Do If you see your puppy in the process of urinating or defecating inappropriately, calmly and quickly interrupt them in the act. Tell them to stop (either by a jarring sound or command), and immediately take them to an appropriate location for elimination. After your puppy goes to the bathroom, lavishly praise them and offer a treat. Thoroughly clean up accidents, so your puppy is not attracted to this area again. Create a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Depending on the age of your puppy, they will eat three to four times a day. A consistent feeding routine can create a regular bathroom schedule. Take away water about 2 hours before bedtime. Learn more about ideal dog schedules here. What NOT to Do Don’t punish your puppy when they have an accident. At that point, it is too late. When a puppy has an accident in the house and they walk away, within seconds they have already forgotten about what they did. Taking them to the scene of the crime and yelling and/or rubbing their nose in it does not help and, in fact, can harm your puppy! Supervise. The best thing you can do is to prevent accidents and the best way to do this is to supervise your puppy at all times. You can tether your puppy to your waist with a five or six-foot leash and carefully observe them for signs that they need to go to the bathroom. If you can’t supervise, then crate or confine your puppy. The more accidents your puppy has in the house, the more confusing it will be for them and this can delay house training. Reward, Reward, Reward. It is important to give your puppy a reward for their good behavior. This can be for commands such as sitting and coming to you, or for appropriately eliminating outside. In a puppy, a reward can be a couple kibbles of puppy food or a treat, such as a small piece of meat. The treat should be exciting for them and only available as a result of good behavior. Crate training can take days or weeks, depending on your dog's age, temperament and past experiences. It's important to keep two things in mind while crate training: The crate should always be associated with something pleasant and training should take place in a series of small steps. Don't go too fast. Step 1: Introduce your dog to the crate Place the crate in an area of your house where the family spends a lot of time, such as the family room. Put a soft blanket or towel in the crate. Take the door off and let the dog explore the crate at their leisure. Some dogs will be naturally curious and start sleeping in the crate right away. If yours isn't one of them: Bring them over to the crate and talk to them in a happy tone of voice. Make sure the crate door is open and secured so that it won't hit your dog and frighten them. Encourage your dog to enter the crate by dropping some small food treats nearby, then just inside the door, and finally, all the way inside the crate. If they refuse to go all the way in at first, that's OK; don't force them to enter. Continue tossing treats into the crate until your dog will walk calmly all the way into the crate to get the food. If they aren’t interested in treats, try tossing a favorite toy in the crate. This step may take a few minutes or as long as several days. Step 2: Feed your dog meals in the crate After introducing your dog to the crate, begin feeding them their regular meals near the crate. This will create a pleasant association with the crate. If your dog is readily entering the crate when you begin Step 2, place the food dish all the way at the back of the crate. If they remain reluctant to enter, put the dish only as far inside as they will readily go without becoming fearful or anxious. Each time you feed them, place the dish a little further back in the crate. Once your dog is standing comfortably in the crate to eat their meal, you can close the door while they’re eating. The first time you do this, open the door as soon as they finish their meal. With each successive feeding, leave the door closed a few minutes longer, until they’re staying in the crate for 10 minutes or so after eating. If they begin to whine to be let out, you may have increased the length of time too quickly. Next time, try leaving them in the crate for a shorter time period. If they do whine or cry in the crate, don’t let them out until they stop. Otherwise, they'll learn that the way to get out of the crate is to whine, so they'll keep doing it. Step 3: Practice with longer crating periods After your dog is eating their regular meals in the crate with no sign of fear or anxiety, you can confine them there for short time periods while you're home. Call them over to the crate and give them a treat. Give them a command to enter, such as "crate." Encourage them by pointing to the inside of the crate with a treat in your hand. After your dog enters the crate, praise them, give them the treat and close the door. Sit quietly near the crate for five to 10 minutes and then go into another room for a few minutes. Return, sit quietly again for a short time and then let them out. Repeat this process several times a day, gradually increasing the length of time you leave them in the crate and the length of time you're out of sight. Once your dog will stay quietly in the crate for about 30 minutes with you mostly out of sight, you can begin leaving them crated when you're gone for short time periods and/or letting them sleep there at night. This may take several days or weeks. Step 4, Part A: Crate your dog when you leave After your dog can spend about 30 minutes in the crate without becoming anxious or afraid, you can begin leaving them crated for short periods when you leave the house. Put them in the crate using your regular command and a treat. You might also want to leave them with a few safe toys in the crate. Vary the moment during your "getting ready to leave" routine that you put your dog in the crate. Although they shouldn't be crated for a long time before you leave, you can crate them anywhere from five to 20 minutes prior to leaving. Don't make your departures emotional and prolonged—they should be matter-of-fact. Praise your dog briefly, give them a treat for entering the crate and then leave quietly. When you return home, don't reward your dog for excited behavior by responding to them in an enthusiastic way. Keep arrivals low-key to avoid increasing their anxiety over when you will return. Continue to crate your dog for short periods from time to time when you're home so they don't associate crating with being left alone. Step 4, Part B: Crate your dog at night Put your dog in the crate using your regular command and a treat. Initially, it may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy. Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night and you'll want to be able to hear your puppy when they whine to be let outside. Older dogs should also initially be kept nearby so they don't associate the crate with social isolation. Once your dog is sleeping comfortably through the night with the crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer, although time spent with your dog—even sleep time—is a chance to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Potential problems Whining: If your dog whines or cries while in the crate at night, it may be difficult to decide whether they’re whining to be let out of the crate, or whether they need to be let outside to eliminate. If you've followed the training procedures outlined above, then your dog hasn't been rewarded for whining in the past by being released from their crate. If that is the case, try to ignore the whining. If your dog is just testing you, they'll probably stop whining soon. Yelling at them or pounding on the crate will only make things worse. If the whining continues after you've ignored them for several minutes, use the phrase they associate with going outside to eliminate. If they respond and become excited, take them outside. This should be a trip with a purpose, not play time. If you're convinced that your dog doesn't need to eliminate, the best response is to ignore them until they stop whining. Don't give in; if you do, you'll teach your dog to whine loud and long to get what they want. If you've progressed gradually through the training steps and haven't done too much too fast, you'll be less likely to encounter this problem. If the problem becomes unmanageable, you may need to start the crate training process over again.
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Wally has started barking and whining for food. He goes into the kitchen, stares up, and just barks. I live in an apartment near other tenants and feel so bad about the noise, so I need to change this behavior fast. If I ignore him, his barking will bother the neighbors, if I give him what he wants, it will reinforce this bad behavior, so I am stuck. Please help!
Hello! While ignoring is the best route to go with this, you stated you can not do that, so I will give you an alternative solution. Your best bet with this one is to distract him with training commands if it isn't meal time and he is behaving this way. If he goes to his bowl and it isn't meal time, call him to you and start going through any basic commands he knows. Sit, stay, etc. This provides his brain with stimulation, as well as passively puts you back in charge. Do this for about 5 minutes, or until he calms down. If it is meal time, simply ask him for a sit and then feed him if he is quiet. Doing this every time you feed him will start to teach him to not only be quiet, but to sit by his bowl to be fed. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for writing in!
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She always barks when we're eating, always barks when she hungry or when she thinks she's hungry and that can be all different times in the night. She also has a vicious bark when she sees other dogs outside and that started about 3years ago. We have another dog "Toby" same breed and age she doesn't act like toward him only dogs she doesn't know. Please Help!
Hello, how much socialization has Sadie had? It is never too late to start. When out on walks, begin by practicing the Passing Approach Method here: https://wagwalking.com/training/greet-other-dogs. Then, you can move to the Slow Approach Method. To use these methods, Sadie will need to know how to heel. It is explained well here: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel. As for the barking, please work on the Quiet Method:https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark. This will work in a lot of situations - at home, at the dog park, when you are eating, and when walking on the street. Remember to never give Sadie any treats from the table or she will continue to bark. Barking in the night can mean several things; I assume she is well potty trained at this age and is not asking for a bathroom break. Once you start the training exercises with Sadie, you will no doubt tire her out and she'll sleep better at night. You can also try a fan in her sleeping area as white noise, to encourage her to sleep through without barking. I would suggest dog training classes as well - enrolling Sadie in classes would enable her to meet other dogs in a controlled setting. This time of year is great as many classes are held outside, and Sadie may feel more comfortable there. Good luck!
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My dog has developped the bad habit of barking for food, simba doesn't live inside our house so i find it harder to train him. When i reach his house his stops barking. What is a good method tostop him from doing that?
Hello Maria, I recommend teaching the Quiet command first. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Once pup knows that well, I would add in a remote collar that has either tone or vibrate. Set up scenarios where pup normally barks and command Quiet and briefly vibrate or use the tone setting on the collar. When pup stops barking, reward with a treat. If pup doesn't stop, I would use a low level stimulation as a correction then wait for pup to stop barking. Reward for stopping. Practice this until pup associates the tone or vibration alone with stopping barking, and consistently doesn't need the correction of the stimulation afterwards. Once pup knows all of that really well with you present, then practice remotely with you absent. When pup gets quiet and stays quiet for at least five minutes - then give pup their food. As pup improves, gradually increase the amount of time between when they stopped barking and they got food, so that they are eventually only being rewarded for not barking at all in the first place. Only use high quality collars like e-collar technologies, Garmin, or Sportdog. The collar should have at least 60 levels, and either vibrate/tone/or both as well. Spend time ahead of time finding pup's "working level" which is the lowest stimulation level pup can feel the collar at. The goal is to make the barking unpleasant and to get pup's attention. Not for it to hurt a lot. You simply want to interrupt pup without giving the attention of walking over there. Working Level: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl3V8vYobM Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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She barks when my mum makes food and she always gives her attention and food is this bad
Hello Lily, If you don't want pup to bark for attention, then giving pup food and attention when they bark will teach pup to keep being demanding - so it can be bad. Your mom can still reward pup if she wants to, but I suggest teaching pup a Place command and then teaching them to automatically go to place (by telling them to go to place each time your mom prepares food at first) every time your mom cooks, then if you mom wants to give pup food, she can reward pup on the Place bed for being on their place and quiet instead of barking. Place command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Sadie is always climbing up on my kitchen counters in search of food, how do I get her to stop? Also when we go on walks, if she hears a motorcycle she gets so scared that she turns and runs back toward home and doesn't want to continue her walk.
Hello, For the motorcycles, I suggest finding a location where pup can hear the motorcycles from further away. Whenever she hears that noise off in the distance, do a dance and act really silly and toss out several treats for her - you want her to start to associate the motorcycles with the fun party to help her change her emotional response to them, but this also needs to happen as a volume she can handle at first, so you will need to be strategic about the location or recruit a friend with a motorcycle and practice somewhere like a large deserted parking lot where the motorcycle can be on the far end of the motorcycle while you walk and have fun with pup on the opposite end - decreasing the distance between her and the noise as she improves over several training sessions and can stay happy and relaxed around the noise, until you get to the point where she can handle the noise at the volume where she encounters it on walks. For the food stealing, first, work on the Leave It command. Leave It method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Second, once pup knows that she is not supposed to steal the food by practicing with you and the leave it command and she has the self-control to leave food alone when you are there, then you also need to set up the area to catch her in the act when you are not there too. To catch her, I generally recommend seeing up a video monitor via Skype on mute on an extra tablet or phone, GoPro, video baby monitor, security camera, ect...That you may already have on hand to spy on her with. Place food on the counter and in front of the food, you can either set up something like a scat mat, snap traps with a napkin over it to disguise it, or metal pots/lids/pans stacked precariously on the counter, with a string tied through them all, back tied to something secure so that they can't fall off the counter onto pup, and the other end tied to the food set out. When pup jumps onto the scat mat is should use static electricity to give the type of shock you get when you grab a car handle and get a static shock. The snap traps are like mouse traps that won't close all the way, but will jump up and make a snapping noise to startle pup. Food should be placed behind these two things so that pup gets surprised just for jumping up. The pan set up should only go off and make a lout metal crashing sound on the counter if pup tries to grab the food - like a bagel (something solid but nothing dangerous just in case pup did eat it), but because it is securely back tied to something it shouldn't actually fall off the counter onto pup. As soon as you see pup get corrected, immediately go back into the counter and remove the food off the counter or floor until you are ready to booby trap again. Keep the counter clear of temptations outside of training practice, so pup isn't rewarded with food or fun grabs and decides it's worth the occasional correction. Booby traps will need to be practiced several times when pup isn't expecting it, with different tempting foods left out for pup to learn the lesson well most of the time. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Harri is constantly on the lookout for food when I’m in the kitchen. She gets a treat if she is behaving well and we ignore her if she is nippy / barks / jumps up. As the main cook in the house it happens to me most and is getting quite miserable.
Hello, since Harri is young, I would stop this habit of treats in the kitchen. I know of dogs who hang out in the kitchen when the treat giver is there, but if someone else is cooking, the dog does not bother to go in the kitchen at all. It's easy enough to do - just stop immediately and she'll get used to the fact that the kitchen is not the place for treats. Make treats available at training times instead; she is treat-oriented so that should work well with training sessions. You can start here with little Harri: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-pitbull-puppy-to-be-obedient. Good luck!
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She has begun to start barking for treats only when we are at home. At her training classes she knows not to bark and does pretty well except when she may be too excited. But at home if I take her treats out she goes nuts and will not stop barking even after I put her in her crate to have her calm down a bit.
Hello! Unfortunately this is something that will take some time and patience for her to stop. You are doing the correct thing by removing her (or the treats) from the scenario. But you will want to stick to completely ignoring that behavior and absolutely not giving in. I know the barking is problematic, but whatever you do, do not give into that behavior. Even if it takes her 30 minutes to calm back down. Keep at it until she learns that her behavior in that setting isn't going to get her what she wants. This may take a few weeks, but she will get it.
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He always barks when we go into the kitchen and always barks to get something he wants but we can’t seem to stop it
Hello Tara, First, pay attention to whether pup is being rewarded for the barking at any point - which typically means pup is getting anything they want when they bark. Make sure not to reward pup with something they want or like when they are barking. Second, I recommend teaching the Quiet command. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark If pup is barking when you go into the kitchen without him, confine pup out of the kitchen, and check out the Surprise method from the article linked below, to reward pup when they are quiet. At first, you will reward pup when they get quiet even for a bit after barking. You want to make sure that you progress to rewarding pup only when they stay quiet for a longer period of time, then reward pup only when they don't bark at all when you go into the kitchen AND stay quiet while you are in there, so that pup graduates to not barking at all when you walk away. This method can be done with pup on one side of a baby gate, in a crate, or in an exercise pen. It doesn't have to be in the crate necessarily but you do want pup to not be able to follow you into the kitchen. surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate I would also work on teaching pup the Out command and calmly enforce out using the section on how to use out to deal with pushy behavior, after Out is taught, to make pup leave the area where the person he is barking at is, if he doesn't obey quiet when told to also. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Pay attention to what you are rewarding when. Look for opportunities to reward pup for asking politely for things through things like quietly sitting or lying down, be patient and quiet, and obeying commands, and not giving pup what he wants when he is demanding. Ultimately you want to teach pup polite ways to ask for what he wants that you can reward, like sitting when he wants to be fed, going to his dog bed when you are eating your food, ect...to earn what he wants. For barking that is related to boredom, try feeding pup part of his meals in a dog food stuffed kong classic chew toy, or something like a kong wobble, pup has to work to get dog food out of, to keep him busy and quiet. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hi! I have two dogs, but only one of them is having behavior problems. She's a Maremma Hound Mix, two years old of age, and was adopted at one year old. She has the bad habit of loudly barking before meals: we usually feed her at around 11AM, but she starts barking at around 9.30/10.00 AM. Ignoring her is very hard because she is really persistent with her barking, and we have gotten warnings from our neighbours for the loud noise. What can we do? Thank you for your help!
Hello Filippa, I recommend teaching the Quiet method first. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Once pup knows that command well, practice at meal times. First, have pup become quiet for a few seconds before rewarding with the meal while still quiet. As you practice and pup improves, require pup to stay quiet longer and longer before they earn the food. Work up to pup having to stay quiet for 30 minutes, until pup learns to associate quietness with earning the food instead of barking and no longer barks to ask for the food. Additionally, when you catch pup asking for the food in other polite ways, like Sitting quietly, reward at those times too, so that pup will channel that excitement asking for food into sitting quietly or doing some other polite behavior - like lying on their bed quietly before meals. Give pup a polite way to ask for food in place of the barking. The above is what most needs to take place, but if pup is still persistent, you can add into the above training, interrupting pup's barking with something like an unscented air pet convincer, briefly puffed at pup's side when they bark, while calmly telling pup "Ah Ah", if pup did not become quiet or stay quiet when told to. If pup has ever shown any form of aggression I don't recommend doing this on your own, but hire a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues like aggression to help you in person with this, because additional safety measures will need to be taken and there would be some other overall attitude issues and aggression that might be contributing that would also need to be addressed in an aggression case. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He eats everything outside- twigs, stones, mulch, even plastic etc. we are trying to control that by not taking him in backyard or front yard but on gated deck with nothing such to eat that’s dangerous for him. He is hungry all the time and if not given food barks and growls and snarls at you.
Hello Richa, Puppies tend to put everything in their mouth as part of learning about the world around them, check out the article linked below and especially the part about teaching Leave It. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ For the barking at mealtimes, I would check with your vet about how much pup is being fed. Puppies can eat as much as adults at points due to very fast metabolisms. If pup is being fed enough, then it's simply an issue of pup learning self-control. Work on hand feeding, and also practice feeding him his meals in sections. Feed 1/4 of his meal, practice making him wait before digging in by holding onto the bowl, pulling it back whenever he tries to dive in (without letting go of it first), and calmly saying Wait, then after a few repetitions of this, when he hesitates and doesn't dive in while your hand is still on it, let go of the bowl and say "Okay!" in an excited tone of voice, and let him begin eating as a reward for waiting. As he eats, when he isn't growling, toss treats next to his bowl as you walk past him. Practice this from a few feet away until he begins to look forward to you approaching. As he improves, decrease the distance that you pass from. When he finishes the first serving, toss a treat behind him and pick up the bowl while he is distracted eating the treat. Give the next portion, have him practice waiting again, then do the treat tosses while he east again. Practice this until he has all of his meal kibble portions at that mealtime. Do this at every meal as often as you can. As he becomes relaxed and begins to like you approaching him during meals, get closer and closer, so that you are eventually placing treats into his bowl while he eats. Ease into this so that he stays relaxed during the process. When pup does great with your presence right by the bowl, you can give a gentle pet and feed a treat as you do so. Pet and feed a treat, then give space and go back to tossing the treats to avoid stressing him too much. Expect this progression to take weeks, not hours or days. Do NOT stick your hand in pup's food, take the food away while he is eating, or pet him while he is eating without making the experience fun for him also - via giving better rewards in exchange each time. Messing with a dog while they are eating without the right protocols and rewards to prevent stress around mealtimes, can actually cause food aggression, rather than prevent it. The goal is to build pup's trust with you when it comes to meals - so he doesn't feel the need to guard it, but learns that your approach and taking things like bones, results in something even better happening - like a treat or new bone. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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