While your Trixie's cute little puppy barks might not bother you now, the story is likely to be different in a few months when she gets her full volume bark. Even worse, when your neighbors start banging on your door to complain. Instead of having to deal with this aggravation, why not spend a little time and train your pup that there are times when it might be acceptable to bark and times when she needs to keep her opinions to herself. One thing to keep in mind: very few dogs bark just to hear the sound of their own voices. Barking is their way of communicating in much the same way that we talk.
The basic premise of this training is that your goal is to teach Trixie that a good time for her to exercise her voice, is anytime there is a stranger outside the house or trying to get in. Although there may be other times when you want Trixie to bark on command, in this instance you are teaching her to bark under a particular circumstance, i.e. a stranger knocking on the door or walking around your yard. It could save you and your family from an intruder or your home from being burglarized.
Before you start working on training Trixie to bark at strangers, she must first have mastered the four basic commands of 'come', 'sit', 'down', and 'stay'. By mastering these skills, Trixie learns who is in the Alpha position and that she is required to learn the things she is being taught. You need a few supplies to help with the training:
Of course, you can have all the supplies you can possibly imagine, but if you don't have the time and patience to put into the training method you choose, Trixie may never learn that she is supposed to bark when there are strangers about.
He doesnt bark at strangers but barks at others dogs and cats
Hello, First, teach pup the Speak command: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Once pup knows that command, tell pup to Speak whenever a stranger passes. Practice until pup barks whenever they see a stranger before you have given the command and reward that. When pup is doing that, wait seven seconds when pup sees a stranger, to see if they will bark on their own. If they do, reward and praise. If they don't give a hint by commanding Speak, then give a small reward. Practice until pup barks each time they see a stranger. If you are wanting pup to protect your home, recruit friends pup doesn't know and practice having pup just bark when the unknown friend steps onto your property or does something weird like banging loudly on the door or sneaking around outside and pup watching from inside. I do suggest hiring a trainer to help with anything related to protection or true guarding work, and not just alerting work, since protection and guardian work can lead to aggression toward those pup needs to tolerate, instead of just those who are a danger, if done wrong. Good protection work, shouldn't increase aggression and fear in the dog, but is based on a dog's defense drive, off-leash type training, and reward based training actually. The dog is performing a task when done correctly, not reacting out of typical aggression and fear. Also, work on teaching the Quiet command so you can tell pup when to stop. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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