Your Basset Hound is probably tenacious, affectionate, devoted, and sweet. However, what you didn’t realize when you welcomed him into your home, was quite how loudly and frequently he would bark. Far too many mornings you are awoken by the distinct bark of your Basset Hound thundering through the house. It can also be frustrating when you have guests over if he’s barking in the background. Again when you meet other dog walkers and want to stop for a chat, he consistently barks. Something needs to change.
Training him not to bark will do wonders for your eardrums. However, there are also other benefits too. For one, it might repair otherwise strained relations with the neighbors who are fed up with listening to him every day. If his barking is aggressive in nature then this type of training may also prevent it progressing to anything worse, such as biting.
Training your Basset not to bark is thankfully relatively straightforward. Training will consist of several parts. Firstly, there are a number of deterrence measures you can take to try and silence him. You can then use obedience commands to first teach him how to bark on command, so you can then teach him how to fall silent.
If your Basset Hound is a puppy, he should still be learning the ropes and eager to please. Therefore, you could see results in just a week or so. However, if he’s older and been exercising his voice for a number of years, then you may need six weeks to fully tackle the behavior. Get this training right and relaxing lie-ins of your youth could once again become a reality. In addition, this sort of training will reinforce your position as pack leader, making it easier to stamp out other unwanted behaviors.
Before you get to work, you will need to gather a few bits. You will need a water spray bottle and a deterrence collar for one of the methods. You will also need to stock up on treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. Access to a TV or radio will also be required for one of the methods.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training, and remember, the more consistently you can train, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have the above, you just need patience and some earplugs, then work can begin!
He's a bit bigger in size now than this photo but he barks a lot. Like all the time and I put him in his cage whenever he starts barking excessively, but then in the cage he is still barking. He also likes to nibble at ankles so I'll put him in his cage too for it. He has not stopped and my family and I are getting tired of this. He is so sweet and we love him, but we are getting neighborhood complaints as well. His cage is outside where nobody is usually so he knows its timeout.
Hello Jennifer, First, for the barking, I suggest combining a few things in your case. You need a way to communicate with him so I suggest teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below - don't expect this alone to work but it will be part of the puzzle for what I will suggest next. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, once pup understands what Quiet means you will choose an interrupter - neither too harsh nor ineffective. A Pet Convincer is one example of an interrupter. A pet convincer is a small canister of pressurized, unscented air that you can spray a quick puff of at the dog's side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don't use citronella and avoid spraying in the face!). In situations where you know pup will bark or is already barking (catch them before they bark if you can), command "Quiet". If they obey, reward with a treat and very calm praise. If they bark anyway or continue to bark, say "Ah Ah" firmly but calmly and give a brief correction. Repeat the correction each time they bark until you get a brief pause in the barking. When they pause, praise and reward then. The combination of communication, correction, and rewarding - with the "Ah Ah" and praise to mark their good and bad behavior with the right timing, is very important. Once pup is calmer in general after the initial training, practice exposing him to a lot to the things that trigger the barking normally (make a list - even if it's long). Whenever he DOESN'T bark around something that he normally would have, calmly praise and reward him to continue the desensitization process. For the ankle biting I recommend teaching pup Leave It and Out - which means leave the area. Leave It: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Out: check out the section on how to use out, as well as the section on using out to deal with pushy behavior. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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