Jet has come to live with me as my granddaughter can't have him at their new rental property and we have a problem with him barking can't be calling out to him all the time to stop barking, he lived indoors previously but he has been living outdoors with me for over 6months and has adjusted to that but barks at anything can you advise me what to do
Hello Lorraine, Honestly I suggest using a stimulation based bark collar since it's happening outside, and often when you are not right there to work on it. There is a way to use a bark collar to help the dog learn with fewer corrections and more positive reinforcement though. Grab a bunch of treats, go outside where there are triggers, and whenever a trigger happens (something he normally barks at - like a squirrel, person going past, other dog, certain sound, ect...) if he doesn't bark give a treat. If he does bark, the collar will correct him and right when he barks tell him "Ah Ah". This helps him understand that he did something wrong and not just that the correction was random. When he seeing something he would normally bark at and doesn't bark (because he was corrected before or just in general), then he ready to calmly praise and reward to help desensitize him to those things. Training this way tells him "No, don't do that", "Yes, do that instead", to make the training fair and clear so he is more set up for success, the collar will also reinforce the lesson when you are not right there so he learns that he can't bark still just because you walked away - it gives a level of consistency that's hard to get otherwise. Do your research on collars - they are not all the same. You want a good one, that is accurate, can be used for smaller lbs dogs, and is made well. You may need one with longer prongs to reach through his long fur too. I don't recommend citronella collars - they are actually very harsh because of how sensitive a dog's nose is, and the scent lingers for a long time which means your dog is continuing to be corrected long after the barking stops - which is unfair and confusing. You want the correction to be paired with the behavior and to stop as soon as the unwanted behavior stops, so you can follow up with reward while quiet later. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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How to stop barking when seeing other puppies
How to not go to the bathroom inside
Hello Tasha, For the barking, check out the Quiet method from the article linked below. Work on teaching Quiet, then also work on desensitizing pup to other puppies, using the Desensitization method also found in the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-to-not-bark For the potty training - to teach pup to go potty outside: Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Make sure that the crate doesn't have anything absorbent in it - including a soft bed or towel. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed for him. Make sure the crate is only big enough for him to turn around, lie down and stand up, and not so big that he can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean so it needs to be the right size to encourage that natural desire. Use a cleaner that contains enzymes to clean any previous or current accidents - only enzymes will remove the smell and remaining smells encourage the dog to potty in the same location again later. The method I have linked below was written for younger puppies, since your dog is older you can adjust the times and take him potty less frequently. I suggest taking him potty every 2.5- 3 hours when you are home. After 1.5 hours (or less if he has an accident sooner) of freedom out of the crate, return him to the crate while his bladder is filling back up again until it has been 3 hours since his last potty trip. When you have to go off he should be able to hold his bladder in the crate for 5-8 hours - less at first while he is getting used to it and longer once he is accustomed to the crate. Only have him wait that long when you are not home though, take him out about every 3 hours while home. If he hasn't gone poop yet during that half of the day, he needs to be tethered to you or returned to the crate, then taken back outside again in 30-45 minutes if you know he likely needs to go, less frequently if he likely doesn't need to poop. Pooping outside equals more freedom. Less freedom now means more freedom later in life. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If he is not already used to a crate, expect crying at first. When he cries and you know he doesn't need to go potty yet, ignore the crying. Most dogs will adjust if you are consistent. You can give him a food stuffed hollow chew toy to help him adjust and sprinkle treats into the crate during times of quietness to further encourage quietness. Work on teaching "Quiet" by using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Tell him "Quiet" when he barks and cries. If he gets quiet and stays quiet, you can sprinkle a few pieces of dog food into the crate through the wires calmly, then leave again. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Every time she is in the cage she starts barking up a storm for about 10-20 minutes straight every time. This is my first dog I’m takin care of mostly myself and would like to teach her how to not be so yappy i don’t know if i just have to let her get used to the cage or what. We got her from a pet store named shake a paw so i was just curious thanks!
Hello Connor, If you have had her for less than a month, then the barking is normal. The most important thing you can do is wait until she gets quiet before you let her out of the crate so she doesn't learn that barking gets her out. Check out the Surprise method from the article linked below to help her adjust faster: Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate If the barking persists past a month, you can also purchase a small canister of unscented, pressurized air called a pet convincer. You can teach her the Quiet command, tell her Quiet when she barks in the crate, then spray a small puff of air through the crate wires at her side (NOT face) while calmly saying "Ah Ah", then leaving again. If she gets quiet and stays quiet for five minutes, sprinkle treats into the crate calmly as a reward. Let her out only while she is being quiet unless you know she really needs to use the bathroom and there is no time to wait. Only use unscented air for this - NOT citronella - it is extremely harsh because of how sensitive a dog's nose is. I only recommend using the Pet Convincer when you have tried the Surprise method for a month without it first. Almost all puppies will cry in the crate at first and almost all puppies will adjust if you are consistent, given time. Only a small handful need corrections like a Pet Convinver used at an older age. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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I have tried the be quiet method, the invisible wall method, and the interrupt and redirect method but none of these seem to work. Can you help?
Hello Loli, In what situations is pup barking? If pup is barking at something like other dogs, new people, ect...This is likely a socialization issue and the main focus should be on desensitizing pup to those triggers (make a list) and rewarding calm responses around them, so that they become boring and not suspicious anymore - the barking is actually a clue that socialization is lacking if that's the case, and socialization is the bigger issue. Some puppies bark simply because it's a self-rewarding behavior and they are vocalizing excitement or wanting attention. If it's attention seeking, teaching commands like Quiet and Out can help, and having pup earn things thy want by doing nice commands, like Sit and Down before giving them what they want - pets, toys, affection, food, ect...Can also help. Check out the Desensitization method from the article linked below. I also suggest teaching Quiet and Out - which means leave the area, and crate training and teaching Place to help with general calmness and self-control skills. Desensitization and Quiet methods: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75dyWITP1s Out - which means leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He’s bark all the time at nothing or someone I don’t know what to do anymore I’ve tried everything I can think of
Hello Alonnna, First, for the barking, I suggest combining a few things in your case. You need a way to communicate with him so I suggest teaching the Quiet command from the Quiet method in the article I have linked below - don't expect this alone to work but it will be part of the puzzle for what I will suggest next. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Next, once pup understands what Quiet means you will choose an interrupter - which will be a form of correction - neither too harsh nor ineffective. An e-collar or Pet Convincer are two of the most effective types of interrupter for most dogs. A pet convincer is a small canister of pressurized, unscented air that you can spray a quick puff of at the dog's side to surprise them enough to help them calm back down. (Don't use citronella and avoid spraying in the face!). An e-collar, aka remote training collar, uses stimulation to interrupt the dog. Only use a high quality e-collar for this, such as E-collar technologies mini educator, Dogtra, SportDog, or Gamin. A good collar should have at least 40 levels, the more levels the more accurately you can train - finding the lowest level your dog will respond to, called a "Working level" so the training is less adverse. In situations where you know pup will bark or is already barking (catch them before they bark if you can), command "Quiet". If they obey, reward with a treat and very calm praise. If they bark anyway or continue to bark, say "Ah Ah" firmly but calmly and give a brief correction. Repeat the correction each time they bark until you get a brief pause in the barking. When they pause, praise and reward then. The combination of communication, correction, and rewarding - with the "Ah Ah" and praise to mark their good and bad behavior with the right timing, is very important. Most bark training only gives part of that equation. Fitting an e-collar - it should be put on while he is calm, just standing around - Ideally have him wear the collar around for a while before starting any training so he won't associate the training with the collar but just with his barking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLxB6gYsliI Finding the level to use for him (sometimes you will have to go 1 or 2 levels higher during training while the dog is aroused but once he improves you can usually decrease back to his normal level again) - this training level is called a dog's "Working level": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl3V8vYobM Once pup is calmer in general after the initial training, practice exposing him a lot to the things that trigger the barking normally (make a list - even if it's long). Whenever he DOESN'T bark around something that he normally would have, calmly praise and reward him to continue the desensitization process. An automatic bark collar can also be used during times when he likes to bark while you aren't there after the initial training is done - so he understands that the correction is for his barking at that point in the training. While you are not home, confine him in a crate or room that doesn't look out the windows right now - barking at things out the window lets him practice the bad behavior over and over again and barking is a self-rewarding behavior because of the arousing chemicals released in a dog's brain - so once a dog starts he is naturally encouraged to continue it and stays in that state of mind if you aren't there to interrupt. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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