I have a 20 lb poodle,terrier, maltese mix. She is nearly six years old and she has a horrible barking habit that is get
on Jan 4th 2013
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I would start by identifying the exact reasons and/or triggers for her barking. if it's at the door I would train her to sit and stay at a certain place while you're at the door and correct the barking calmly and aassertively.
Note: if anyone disagrees with my advice I would appreciate it if you kept it constructive and non- judgemental.
Katie answered on 1/7/13. Helpful? / 0
There are a few kinds of barking I have seen. Note that I disagree with the poster above in methodology.
If the dog is just always barking for no apparent reason, she probably is just bored. Start exercising her more if you're not doing so. Teach her to bark on command, rewarding her for barking when you tell her to. Once she seems to have learned to bark, start asking her to stop, saying "That's Enough". Command calmly and gently. As soon as she stops, reward her with treats and praise. Build up this training and if it's just barking for the fun of it, that should do it.
If she is barking to alert you to "intruders" (my problem), try paying attention to what she is barking at. Pick a few things you want to have her bark at (in my case, it's delivery trucks, loud noises, and people on the front porch) and shower her with treats and praise when she alerts for those. If not, walk away and completely ignore her for a bit.
Above all, be consistent!
Clyde answered on 1/8/13. Helpful? / 0