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Old 04-18-2009, 07:34 PM
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How do you get a dog to stop barking?

Hello all!
Looking for a little insight...

I have a 2 year old Labradoodle. He does not bark often but when he does it is quite loud. In the last week, he has started barking at night. Our dog stays inside and usually sleeps on the floor in our bedroom. Last night he barked four times. Jumps up.. runs out of the room and barks. He won't stop until I get up and approach him. Luckily it was a Friday night and I did not have to get up early for work.

Any ideas of how I can get him to stop barking without having to get out of bed? Or better yet, how do I get him to ignore the noises he hears outside and not bark in the first place?

The weather has been warmer and there are more dogs outside overnight. At least one time last night he was barking because he heard another dog barking outside. I am not sure what he heard the other times.

Ideas????
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:35 AM
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barking is one of those things that is difficult to deal with, you want the dog to alert you if something is wrong yet you don't want it barking at anything and everything either. You might try crating him at night, a lot of times they feel safer in a smaller enclosed area but there are no guarantees it will work. Also, outside be prepared for him to bark more as there are many things to raise his anxiety regardless of how menial it is to you...a cat walking past, another dog or heaven forbid a car driving down the road.
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a dog's sense of hearing and sight is highly sensitive.in the night maybe he saw a cat, or something that disturb him.if you take him in the cage, you can cover his cage with black material so he can see what happen outside his cage.mayben it can help to minimalize his barking.
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Hello all!
Looking for a little insight...

I have a 2 year old Labradoodle. He does not bark often but when he does it is quite loud. In the last week, he has started barking at night. Our dog stays inside and usually sleeps on the floor in our bedroom. Last night he barked four times. Jumps up.. runs out of the room and barks. He won't stop until I get up and approach him. Luckily it was a Friday night and I did not have to get up early for work.

Any ideas of how I can get him to stop barking without having to get out of bed? Or better yet, how do I get him to ignore the noises he hears outside and not bark in the first place?

The weather has been warmer and there are more dogs outside overnight. At least one time last night he was barking because he heard another dog barking outside. I am not sure what he heard the other times.

Ideas????
Thanks!
-Mike-
unfortunatly this is the solution for now. Go up to him and ask him to follow you back to the room. If you are consistant with this he learns that whatever "scary" thing is out there you will handle it (this is what he really wants) and over time if you consistant instead of running off and barking he will come to you.

YOu are teaching the "come to me" behavior and rewarding it (food helps) so you are actually modifying the behvior to som'thing you want and not suppressing som'thing you don't want (if you just supress it (like yelling at the dog for barking) it will never stop)

Basically think "what do I want him to do instead" not "stop that". Dogs can't really think "I should do som'thing different" untill you consistantly show them their options.



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Any suggest on how to stop a puppy from barking because he need attention? I have a 6-month old Yorkie that I confine in the kitchen and every time he want an attention he barks. I normally ignore him until he stops but so far there is no improvement.
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Obviously your dog wants to be with you which is probably why the barking. I think ignoring her is the right thing to do as you don't wan't to react to her barking as she will associate it with getting some attention. You may want to reinforce her when she stops barking with words of appraise or even a treat. Maybe she'll learn to associate treats and good rewards when she is not barking.
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Any suggest on how to stop a puppy from barking because he need attention? I have a 6-month old Yorkie that I confine in the kitchen and every time he want an attention he barks. I normally ignore him until he stops but so far there is no improvement.

It will get worse first...thats normal...make sure you aren't acidentally reinforcing the barking (like looking at him) and give him som'thing to do (like a kong) when hes confined.....also (just as important) give him attention when he HAS stopped barking....say "yes" or "good" and go to him and give him a treat.



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Thanks for all suggestions. The training has started and will let you know the result.
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