01-04-2018, 08:47 AM
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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.
Last edited by ThatBlueAussie; 01-04-2018 at 08:50 AM.