|Barked: Fri Jan 18, '13 12:42pm PST |
|Sorry to hear about the unwelcome changes.
Here is some good information on housetraining, which applies to any age dog. The key is constant supervision or confinement at all times.
I would start now with making outside noises a good thing. When your dog barks or looks toward outside, reward him with a handful of treats as soon as he disengages by looking back at you, looking down, or relaxing his body. I think the best way is to use tiny treats and scatter them all over the floor, which keeps him busy until the noise has stopped. Make sure to use something he really likes. This may seem like it's rewarding your dog for barking, but most dogs don't learn that way. Rather they start to develop a positive association with calming down after hearing a noise, so they do it more. After five years of practice, you'll most likely have a pretty long road ahead of you teaching him not to bark excessively. You may need to run cyclone fans or play loud classical music for awhile at the new place to keep your sanity intact, and to keep your min pin from getting so worked up that he can't calm himself down anymore.
If you have a birthday or anything coming up, maybe ask for a basic training class. Look for one that's positive only; punishment will just lead to tons of other problems down the road. The humane society might be a good place to start if you have one nearby. This will improve your relationship with your dog so that he seems working with you as a good thing, teach you how he thinks and learns, and improve his concentration, impulse control, etc.
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