Training a Lhasa Apso not to bark all the time requires patience and assertiveness, but it can be done. Be prepared to set consistent boundaries for your dog. You can't let him bark at the delivery man and then scold him when he barks at your friends. He doesn't know how to tell the difference. Keep in mind that dogs bark to communicate and you shouldn't expect your furry friend to stop communicating altogether. However, you can take control of excessive barking and minimize the disturbance to you and your neighbors.
Scooter barks at nearly everything, mostly while inside. We are trying to teach him quiet and it seemed to work for a day or two and then now he just sits long enough to get a treat and starts back up again. Is the answer just continuing to be consistent?
Hello Melissa, When teaching Quiet you reward simply getting quiet. As he improves only reward him for becoming quiet but then also staying quiet for a certain amount of time (start with just a few seconds or a minute, but as he improves have him wait longer before giving him his treat). Ultimately, you also want him to learn not to bark at the things he normally barks at to begin with. To teach this, you can gradually desensitize him to those things, and reward him when sees or hears the thing that he normally barks at but stays quiet. It looks like you are rewarding him for nothing, but you are rewarding him for being calm. Check out the videos linked below for an example of desensitization. Barking at noises and odd things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp_l9C1yT1g Door/guest barking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxPrNnulp5s Here is an additional way to teach the Quiet method, and also check out the Desensitization method found in the article linked below. I typically recommend teaching both the quiet command and working on desensitization since there are different times when you need each one. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He is constantly barking when he is in the garden. It's not just the odd time when somebody passes or he hears a car, it is literally constant. We have now had a letter of complaint from a neighbour. I try to get him back in the house when he is barking but he just runs away, and won't come in for treats as he knows he's getting locked in again.
Hello Nichola, Check out the article that I have linked below and use the "Quiet" method to teach the "Quiet" command. Once he knows the Quiet command, work on rewarding that when he does get quiet or is quiet when he normally would have been barking. Also, I highly suggest purchasing a high quality bark collar. That may sound harsh, but if you also reward quietness, purchase a high quality one that depends on both tone and neck vibration or other technologies to ensure its accurate, then he has control of whether he is corrected or not and is able to learn. Quiet article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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