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Old 01-04-2018, 01:44 AM
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Question Need advice on how to control my puppy from barking in public...

Hello everyone. So I have a 16 month old Chihuahua puppy. It wasn't until she was about 10 months old that she began to bark for no apparent reason whenever we are out in public. We want to find out what we can do to stop her from barking too much, because we are training her to be my disabled Mother's service dog.

If anyone has any advice on what we can do to get her not to bark unless it's absolutely necessary, any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Dislclaimer: I am *not* a professional dog trainer, this is just an idea from reading and a TV show I was watching on APL.

Does she bark if someone rings the doorbell? Knocks on the door? Walks by the window? I would start by first addressing this problem at home.

Have someone knock/ring the doorbell/do something that she might bark at. If she barks, remove her from the room that she's in (put her in 'time out') for no more than 15-20 seconds. ETA: <When you pick her up/grab her leash to move her to another room, you can say something like "Nope!" or "No barks/barking!".> If she doesn't bark, give her a treat and praise. This teaches her that barking = we don't get to see who's at the door/what made that noise, etc., but not barking = treats and praise. Continue to do this, spread out over a couple of days/weeks until she consistently doesn't bark at whatever's going on at the door or wherever. Then you can bring the person inside. Rinse and repeat; if she barks, time out. If she doesn't, treat and praise. I'd recommend having her leash on just so she's easier to catch and move to another room; You want your response to bark/no bark to be immediate. You can continue to do this, adding noises, distractions, etc. Then you can start bringing her outside. Slam the car door, open the garage, have a neighbor walk their dog by, etc. If she barks, she goes back inside. If she doesn't, treat. Teach her that she doesn't need to bark at everything that moves or makes noise.

IMHO, though, Chihuahuas are the 'loudest' breed in a sense. My neighbors have 4 of them (two are half-Chihuahua) and they bark at EVERYTHING. I've offered advice but the owners would rather just yell at them.

ETA2: She's also still really young and hasn't learned impulse control, so the barking will probably lessen (but not go away if not corrected) as she gets older.

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I am currently training my own service dog, as well as going to school for it and training several program dogs.

I know it's not a very satisfying answer, but you need to figure out why she's barking. The two biggest possibilities would be fear (ie, barking so the thing will go away), boredom (just like some kids wine when they're bored, some dogs bark), or demand (she's learned that barking gets her something- most often food or attention).

What are the situations she's barked in? Are you standing or sitting? Asking her for attention or asking her to relax? Is she overly interested in anything? Is there another dog?

How have you reacted in the past and what has the result been? Has this seemed to have any effect- neutral, increasing the response, lessening it?

In terms of the service dog training aspect- what has been the training plan thus far and are you currently working with a professional/able to or willing work with a professional in person? What are the end training goals for this dog (helps give an idea of what you're asking of her, not fishing for disability information)?

Sorry to ask so many questions without any advice, but I find that it helps give a more pointed response.
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This may sound funny, but I go shhhhhh! And reward him with a treat when he gets quiet. My dog barks more at home, at other dogs he hears.

He is starting to listen to me.

I am not any kind of trainer. I get excited when he learns new things.
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