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Old 04-25-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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We have a 5 month old Shepherd mix puppy. She has been the best puppy in terms of potty training, crating, chewing, learning the routine, etc. However, over the past few weeks she has developed an attention barking thing. She barks at our other dog to play, barks at the cabinet for a treat, barks at us to get off the couch and play. I know it is her way of communicating but it is getting worse with each passing day. Any ideas on how to minimize this now while she is young.

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Old 04-25-2007, 10:41 AM   #2
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Hi joyjoy,
If indeed the barking is to get attention, the simple solution is to make sure she does NOT get it. Ignore her, and only when she is quiet should you kneel down and pet her.
The other thing you can do is when she happens to be sitting quietly behaving herself, say "good dog". It may seem silly, but this is an easy way of positive reinforcement since she is already doing what you want. That way, when your behavior towards her changes if she should start to bark, she can make the connection in her mind.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:05 AM   #3
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Yes, I completely agree with Skunkstripe that you must not reward the barking & make sure she's not getting attention, treats or anything other than praise when she's quiet.
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Hey there- .. You need to play " deaf". Pups do this to get attention, and your body actions of I heard you, will only encourage it.. When the pup barks- play deaf- ie IGNORE IT.. totally.. Then drill in a nother situation- like when you give cookies- teach sit- reward when the pup is quiet.. Also.. If the pup barks, do the "ignore" signal. That means you look away..Do not look in the direction of what the pup is barking at- look the other way.. Exhale slowly like you are bored- and glance away-.. Dogs as pups do not know you actually can hear them unless you react.. Lets say you are sitting on the couch pup comes over- woof woof- you slowly exhale and look at a uh ceiling fan ( do not look down- that means you submit) or a pillow on the couch, or you continue to watch tv.. Remember- this gets worse before it stops- you need to be set.. I am not looking at the dog when they bark... lol..- perfect example- this is how femka stops a frustrated zubin who is trying to play with her as a puppy when he starts barking at her- same method. Note she doesnt look at him, but doesnt look down.. Just like she is bored silly.. lol.. View My Video ( you need the sound on..)

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watch femkas posture on the video I posted.. You will do the same thing..

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I'll agree with skunkstripe that praising a dog who happens to be already quiet is very effective, when used in addition to the 'ignoring' advice. I've been doing this with our dog, who is a good guard dog but when we first got her *everything* was apparently a threat. I tell her "good dog" when she is laying quietly on her bed, and give her a pat. She is still a good guard dog but now it is more appropriate.

Just this morning, the neighbour commented on it when I took her out to do her business! It was pretty rewarding.
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Thanks everyone, I will try all the suggestions. The hardest thing will be to get everone in the house to be consistent with them.

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Thanks everyone, I will try all the suggestions. The hardest thing will be to get everone in the house to be consistent with them.
That's the truth! Most dog owners have this exact same problem. Have a serious family discussion about what you're trying to accomplish & see if you can get them to realize that they'll all be happier for it if they participate in being consistent with your dog's training.
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