Your pup could certainly give Sherlock Holmes' famous hound a run for his money, as you had no idea so much noise could come out of such a small puppy. The trouble is, what at first was quite a cute problem (a tiny puppy having a ridiculously loud bark) has now gone beyond a joke.
You've shouted at the puppy to be silent, but he stares right back, wags his tail... and then you swear barks even more loudly. Out of desperation, you gave him a chew. This did the trick all right, only now you're beginning to suspect that he starts barking in order to have you silence him with a treat.
How can such a small, cute puppy run such rings around you.... and boy are your ears ringing to the sound of his barks.
In addition, you can train the dog to be quiet, and then reward the silence. This way, being silent is a positive decision on the part of the Beagle pup, but one that he understands earns a reward. This takes not barking from being a passive activity, into the action of not-barking--which is then rewarded.
How can I train him to not bark at every little noise he hears. He barks at anyone pulling into the driveway, coming up the stairs and especially knocking at the door and coming into the house. As soon as the guest comes in and sees theyre not a threat he stops. Also in the car he will see a person walk by the car and goes crazy. He is not fixed so I worry hes just being protective and there's nothing we can do about it. With a new baby coming I dont want him to constantly startle him and wake him up. He is the sweetest dog to us and our kids but we need a little insight on the bark training. Thank you!
Hello Brookelyn, Check out the video linked below and follow the "Quiet" method and the desensitization method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Also, check out the videos linked below to see an example of desensitizing (which means making them less sensitive to something) a dog to guests and noises. Guest and the door desensitization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpzvqN9JNUA&t=16s General noise desensitization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp_l9C1yT1g Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog barks and barks when left alone. He is also very destructive. We do well at ignoring him, but he still barks and barks at night or when he's alone. We even gave him a puzzle toy to distract him but he continues barking. What should I do?
Hello Carmela, Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below. Practice this only during the day when you are home. Ignore the barking at night and between the quiet spells during the day that you reward. https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate A lot of barking is normal during the first two weeks. If the barking continues despite practicing the Surprise method during the day, and past 2 weeks, then you will need to use corrections. Again, if its been less than two weeks, persistence is key. If pup barks past two weeks into crate training, continue practicing the Surprise method linked above, but also teach pup the Quiet command. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Once pup knows the Quiet method, go outside or in another room - where you can still hear pup but they can't see you. If pup gets Quiet - return and sprinkle the treats through the crate then leave again. If pup continues barking, command Quiet and wait a couple of seconds - if pup gets Quiet and stays quiet - great! Reward. If pup continues barking or stops but starts right back - return to pup and spray a small puff of air from a Pet Convincer toward pup's side through the crate wires (do NOT spray in the face). This small puff of air should surprise pup and stop the barking for a few seconds. Leave again after the correction and see if pup stays quiet for a couple of minutes - if he does, return and reward. If he starts barking again, repeat quiet, then correct with the pet convincer if he keeps barking. Repeat the treats during times of quiet and the corrections whenever he keeps barking. Don't use citronella for this - its far too harsh and lingers for a long time - making it confusing for training. Only use unscented air. If the Pet Convincer comes with citronella, you should be able to purchase unscented normal air canisters to use with it instead. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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