He may look menacing, but he also sounds pretty terrifying too. When your Doberman was a puppy his barking wasn’t a problem. In fact, it was pretty entertaining. However, now he’s grown up and still won’t stop barking. It means the postman is terrified of delivering your mail. It means as soon as someone walks past your house they are ushered past to the sound of your Doberman. His barking is also dampening relations with the neighbors, who are fed up of listening to him bark at all hours of the day and night.
Training him to stop barking will bring you some much-needed peace and quiet. If you introduce a second dog into your home, training him to not bark will stop your new dog picking up the bad habit too. This training will also mean other dog walkers may feel more inclined to stop for a chat.
Training your Doberman to stop barking is a lot easier than most people realize. The first thing you will need to do is take a number of steps to deter him from barking in the first place. Once you have got him associating barking with negative consequences, you can then focus on using positive reinforcement. You will need to use obedience commands to first teach him how to bark on command, so you can then instruct him to be quiet too.
If he’s a puppy he should be a fast learner. This means you could see results in just a week or two. However, if he’s older with years of barking under his collar, then you may need up to six weeks. If you can get this training right you won’t have to worry about introducing your friendly Doberman to guests and strangers ever again.
Before you can start training, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will be needed for one of the methods. You will also need treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. A toy or two will also be required.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training and try to find a time where you both won’t be distracted.
Apart from that, you just need patience and some earplugs, then work can begin!
Got her a few days ago and she does nothing but cry and whine when I step out of the room or even when I leave to go to work. She’s doing so well with all other training, it’s just the bark. And it’s beginning to stress me out. What all can I do?
I’ve tried these methods:
Tv/music while away
T-shirt with my scent in the kennel
Comfy bed and an area to run around and play
Hello Chierra, I suggest working on building pup's independence. I suggest the following commands to help build independence. Out command: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omg5DVPWIWo Distance Down Stay on a long leash outside: Crate Manners - great calmness and gentle respect building exercise : https://thegooddog.net/training-videos/free-how-to-training-videos/learn-to-train-the-good-dog-way-the-crate/ Surprise method - for introducing crate for first time: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Interactions with pup should be a bit more boring and structured for a while - especially with you. Don't act sorry for pup, don't allow pushiness, don't fuss over her when you leave or return. When you first come home from somewhere or return to the room, ignore pup for five minutes to condition a calmer response from her. Work on her staying on Place in one room while you move about the room and go in and out of the room (work up to that part). You want pup to have to exhibit and practice self-control and independence out of respect for you - staying on Place out of obedience in this case. Practice pup staying on Place instead of always trying to follow you. Teach pup a Quiet command. When pup whines at the door, tell pup Quiet once she knows that command well. Quiet - teach with a bark at first, then start using the command when she whines too and reward when she stops whining to help her generalize it to mean stop whining also: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark When she whines, use a small canister of pressurized, unscented air called a pet convincer. Calmly tell her "Quiet" through the door, then if she continues crying, briefly open the door and spray a small puff of unscented air from the pet convincer at her side and leave again. If she chooses to leave the door and go lie down calmly, if someone else is in the room with her, they can give her a treat calmly as a reward for calming down. All of this should be done with a calm, no none-sense attitude, not angrily or loudly or acting sorry for her. You want to express the attitude you want her to feel - which is calm and not sorry for her or angry. Only spray the air at her chest or side, do NOT spray her in the face. Also, only use unscented air, don't use citronella! You can also wait to use the Pet Convinced and just work on building independence through the obedience commands and other strategies I mention to see if the correction is needed. Finally, working on some agility type obstacles with new surfaces, obstacles, and things to overcome can help build confidence if she is generally nervous. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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