|Barked: Sun Jul 14, '13 10:19am PST |
|You will never teach a dog to be social and patient by rough, aggressive handling. They are like children, they learn what they live.
Stop spraying him and smacking him and seek the help of a trainer. He's a puppy. You asked for him and puppies are annoying.
The most effective way to deal with any unwanted behavior is to teach the dog to do it on command. By doing so you automatically create an off switch, you simply need to put a command to it. But training takes time, puppies do not come made to order. Also keep in mind that some dogs are more vocal then others, and breed descriptions are only guidelines. I have 3 GSDs. One is an alarm barker, one hardly barks at all and one likes to chat, with everyone. It is difficult if not impossible to completely stop something that is a personality trait. So it would be in your best interest to find out WHY he is barking. Is it attention seeking, alerting, fear, etc? Since it is a self rewarding behavior, it can be difficult to deal with but I can promise you that the approach you are taking now is not the road to respect and friendship.
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