Originally Posted by Francl27
.. I don't get it. You're rewarding the barking by giving them treats when they bark.
It depends. In my puppy's case, she is nervous around new dogs, so her response to to hearing dogs bark/lunge at her is to try to be bigger, scarier, and louder than the other dog.
Essentially I am pairing the sounds of barking dogs with a very good treat. Yes, sometimes she might bark, but I don't care about any behaviours she's currently demonstrating, I am just trying to CC/DS her.
Interestingly enough, when a dog (or person!) is afraid, the limbic portion of your brain (emotions, fear etc.) goes into overdrive, and your cortex (logical thinking) gets bypassed. So, imo there is no point trying to "train" a dog when they are scared, they biologically can't think straight.
Now, if you have a dog barking for the sheer joy of it (Shelties come to mind...) then you don't reward barking, you reward quiet.
Different strokes for different dogs!