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Old 10-26-2008, 10:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, there guys, Dezi has gotten into the habit of barking at Boz when he wants to get Boz to play with him. *It's so annoying, Boz never barks and I've never had to teach the "no bark" cue. I'm sure there is a totally easy and logical "Duh" way to train them but I haven't had the light bulb turn on. *If anyone has any idea's I'd love to work with Dezi on it. *
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've seen dogs trained so they won't bark when the doorbell rings or for general attention but I haven't seen them taught to never bark - even while playing. Barking is a form of vocalization and it will happen when they play. She may tone it down a bit as she gets older though.
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I'm not wanting him to never bark, it's just we live in an apartment and I can't have him barking and barking trying to get Boz to play. *Boz just doesn't ever bark both of them talk and romp like normal boxers and that's fine and fun but when he's full force barking trying to get Bozzer excited it's just frusterating b/c I can't have my neighbors getting annoyed. *Like this morning he wanted boz to play so he barked like 10 times in a row and it was 7 am on a Sunday... I don't want to be the annoying neighbors? *I don't mind if they bark when there are peoople at the door I just can't have it super early in the morning you know? *They are super vocal like the woo-woo business and I love that about them, when they play they just make the funniest noises. It's just the barking over and over again.
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Oh that's understandable. Kaycee does this sometimes and I will just call her to me in a calm voice and rub her chest a little. This calms her down a bit so she's not so overly excited. It may work for you.
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I have no idea how to change this. Oscar recently started doing this at the park. He picked it up from another boxer... I always worry a bit because he gets in dogs faces he's never met before, and starts barking at them to play with him * I don't mind it at all, I just hope he doesn't get told off too badly for being in their faces...

I would say seperation? like a time out in another room for a minute or two when he does this? Oscar always learned best when he's removed from the situation every time he does an action that is not allowed (like jumping on people for example, I would put him in another room, or walk away from the person if it's on the street... ) but I have never had to deal with the barking thing before.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Henry barks at the neighbors a lot! *I've been teaching him to "hush". *Usually when I say something, he'll stop barking to hear what it was that I said.
The first time I did it I said Henry hush! in a firm voice like I would if he was being punished for something. *He looked at me like I was crazy, but he stopped barking. *Then I said that's a good hush. *Then he started barking again.
Anyhow, he now knows what hush means and if he doesn't hush when I tell *him to, then he has to come inside, which he hates!
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I learned this "no bark" technique from Victoria Stillwell. *Laila will often bark at her little friend, Otis (my parent's Boston Terrier), in the house when she wants to get his attention to play. *It is loud and annoying. *If she continues to do this, I put a lead on her and pull her away from him if she keeps barking at him. *It works really well.

If she is barking at people/dogs passing by the house...I just tell her "quiet", and she comes running over for a treat. *I associated the word quiet with a treat. *And, I tell her "good quiet", and pet her while she is being quiet. *And, the barking stops! * * I also use a hand signal for "quiet", so I'm not "barking" at her to be quiet.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:06 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Cool these are all really great ideas! *I'll get cracking on him today, he's got such a big bark! It's crazy, he's 9 months old and sounds like an old man!
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