05-29-2014, 10:35 PM
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If y'all cannot wait out the attention barking and only give the pup attention when he's completely quite then teach an alternate behavior for getting your attention and HEAVILY reward the pup for doing that while ignoring the barking as much as possible. Teach a cue for the alternate behavior, you can teach the pup to target your leg, paw at you (not the best one if you like to wear shorts!) etc. Then cue the pup to do the behavior and reward with what you know it wants, you want to wait for 5 to 10 seconds of quiet before asking for he cue because you do not want to set up a behavior chain of the pup barking so that you'll tell it the cue so it gets what it wants. Your ultimate goal is to have the pup use the cue on it's own like it'd do if you taught it to use a potty bell. It'll take patience, I'm still trying to teach my Zody to bark to come inside, so far he's still at the wait for my cue stage. I'm thinking I need to use the cue every time I open the door when he's outside even if I'm out there with him and going in with him.
LOL Zody is a week shy of being 1 yr 5 months old and he'll still get over tired and lose bite inhibition and the ability to concentrate on one toy for more then 5 seconds yet he'll be nearly frantic trying to play. When he gets that way I've learned to lay down and pretend to be sleeping. He'll whine for a couple of seconds, and try to get me to play, then lay down and fall asleep. I was thrilled when I learned that trick, it's saved my patience more then once.