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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