While no one can really claim that the Havanese is a "yappy" breed, at the same time, no one can call them a particularly quiet breed. If you have been blessed with one of the more vocal members of this breed, it can become overwhelming if you don't take the steps needed to train your furball to be quiet. One thing's for sure, your neighbors are certainly going to appreciate when your pup finally learns to stop barking all the time.
As part of your training program, you need to decide on a cue or command word. Among the most commonly used are "quiet" and "that's enough" It really doesn’t matter what you use as long as you stick to using the same one all the time. This helps your pup to associate a single command with a very specific behavior.
Your task, provided you make the decision to partake in it, is to teach your fuzzball that he does not need to bark constantly and that while there are a few times when it is okay, most of the time he needs to be quiet. Sounds easy enough, right? If you are willing to put in the time and effort needed to work with your pup on mastering this very important skill, chances are good that he will pick up what is expected of him and be all too ready to please you by doing his best to be quiet.
One thing you should work on teaching your pup before you start training him to be quiet, is to 'speak' on command. Also, use positive reinforcement methods of training, they will always work if you stick with them. Using punishment or yelling at your pooch will do more harm than good.
Unlike many other tricks or behaviors you will teach your pup over the course of time, this one does not need much in the way of supplies. In all reality, all you need is a healthy supply of the following: your pup's favorite treats, time, and patience. Your Havanese is very intelligent and ready to learn. Take advantage of this and teach your pup to be quiet, along with several other important behaviors.
Darla barks a lot at other dogs and people. Is it an adolescent issue that will eventually go away with practice?is she just excited? She doesn’t do it all the time but very often. What can I do?
Hello Angelina, Barking doesn't tend to go away with age. It can even get worse. The issue might be a socialization issue. Check out the PDF e-book download and the information about socialization found there: https://www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads/ Also, work on teaching her the "Quiet" command from the Quiet method from the article below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Finally, work on desensitizing her to the things she barks at. You can follow the "Desensitize" method also found in the article I linked above with the "Quiet" method. There is also a video below demonstrating how to desensitize to a door knock, as an example of how desensitization is accomplished. https://youtu.be/bpzvqN9JNUA Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Murphy barks constantly. Never stops. It’s a high yip. No matter what we do. He’s very hyper. He doesn’t walk he bounces and nips at us all the time. Is this normal?
Hello Sherri, Puppies, like adult dogs, have different personalities - some puppies are calmer and quieter, and some are more demanding or excitable. It sounds like you just got a puppy with a stronger personality. Biting and barking are both normal for puppies - especially if they receive any form of attention for it - like being fed when they bark. That doesn't mean you don't teach pup the habits that you want though, just that you don't have to feel discouraged that pup needs extra guidance, and know that certain things will need to be started sooner with your puppy, than with other personalities - like teaching Quiet. Check out the free PDF e-book linked below - pay special attention to sections on teaching chew toy training, crate training, and mentally exercising pup; www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads Also, check out the article linked below and go ahead and start the Quiet and Desensitize and chew toy methods with pup early. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Finally, check out the videos linked below of a puppy class. I suggest following along with your pup to help wear pup out daily, teach pup commands so that pup is easier to manage, and help pup develop trust and respect for you early. This class took place over the course of 6 weeks - practicing each week's lesson for a full week before progressing, to help pup keep up. Puppy Class videos: Week 1, pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnhJGU2NO5k Week 1, pt 2: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-1-part-2-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 2, pt 1 https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-2-part-1-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 2, pt 2: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-2-part-2-home-jasper-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 3, pt 1: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-3-part-1-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 3, pt 2: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-3-part-2-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 4, pt 1: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-4-part-1-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 4, pt 2: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-4-part-2-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 5, pt 1: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-5-part-1-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 5, pt 2: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-5-part-2-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 6, pt 1: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-6-part-1-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1 Week 6, pt 2: https://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/week-6-part-2-sirius-berkeley-puppy-1-0 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Our puppy only barks when she wants us to stop and play. We do the ignore and tired method at home, but in public, we need a faster result and therefore respond right away to quiet her. Doesn't this send mixed messages? How do we stop her in those situations while continuing her training at home?
Joy is pretty adorable! Thanks for the question. No doubt you will soon be starting Joy in her obedience training; attending classes may help to curb the barking. She will get used to being out in an exciting environment where structure is in place and barking is allowed during playtime, not when working and learning. I think that having a focus will help; have a small toy on hand when you are out and divert Joy from the barking through distraction. You are doing the right thing at home and there are other methods here that may transition to outings: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark. In particular, once a dog learns the quiet command, they obey. This will go hand in hand with the positive reinforcement obedience training. Once Joy knows sit, down, heel, etc you can give her another focus to work on when the barking starts. Small dogs, in general, do like to bark - it's just an innate trait - so I wouldn't expect silence all of the time. Good luck and enjoy your puppy!
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