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Old 07-05-2018, 11:44 PM
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Dog barks when other dogs bark.

Hey all.

I have a 20 week old Newfoundland/poodle.

Wonderful puppy. Listens so well. trains wonderfully. My issue is if he hears dogs barking he will start woofing(mouth mostly closed in the throat not too loud) but then if he continues to hear barking he starts to full out bark. Just to clarify hes not barking AT other dogs. he never barks at other dogs UNLESS they start barking. then he does too. I have tried to distract him by asking for other commands. but then he performs them while he woofs anyway. I really dont like it. it's not loud. and it's not aggressive. but I would like him to stop. especially if I'm in the pet store or waiting to cross the street and someone else has an unruly dog. He still walks nice and on a loose leash when he woofs. and he will still follow commands. is there anyway to teach him to stop? He does that woof to dogs he hears on TV too so I was thinking would it be possible to put it on cue and then teach him how to stop? Any advice would he appreciated. I plan to have him be a therapy dog. and I dont want him to fail due to this.
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Old 07-06-2018, 03:25 AM
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Repeat until he starts barking as soon as you say "speak." Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the "quiet" command. In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to "speak." When he starts barking, say "quiet" and stick a treat in front of his nose.
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He doesnt bark any other times really. so do I treat him when he barks at other dogs? that what I'm confused about. getting him to speak just in the home is hard.
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The other method of teaching the "Speak" command is to tease them with a treat until they get so frustrated they bark at you, then instantly give the treat. 3-4 times is all it usually takes but, you do get a dog that barks for every treat for a while, until you get "Quiet" taught.
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My BC puppy did this like crazy. She would only do it when she couldn't see the other dogs barking. I do NOT like a barking dog, personally.

Essentially every single time a dog started barking, I would shower treats down upon her. So not only did the barking predict cookies, but the whole time the barking was continuing, she would be getting an amazing treat.

We still have issues if a dog is lunging/barking at her (although I don't like when someone tells at me either), but we are making progress there as well. But now when she hears dogs barking, instead of barking her fool head off, she runs to me and is like "MAKE IT RAIN". Sometimes I do, but I am also able to get her to play with me/toys instead.
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.. I don't get it. You're rewarding the barking by giving them treats when they bark.
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.. 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!
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