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11188397_818078361580910_7762837488932187458_nIf your dog is barking on leash and it’s ruining your walks,.. then I have three tips that will help you get control over your vocal dog..

There are many reasons your dog will bark while out for a walk..but the main reason is because he or she hasn’t been taught otherwise.. so here are the tips that will get you back in the driving seat and on the path to enjoying your walks again with your fuzzy faced friend.

#1. You want to interrupt your dog while he is thinking about barking..not after he has started..and then redirect your dog to a more appropriate behavior..timing is everything.

#2. The closer you are to what makes your dog bark the harder it will be for you to get him or her to focus on you and your high value food rewards..so the second your dog thinks about barking..move away from what is attracting your dogs attention and work your eye contact and get a sit..

#3. Use high value food rewards like cooked chicken or cut up pieces of hot dog.. anything that your dog loves but don’t usually get..if your rewards are valuable enough to your dog it will be easier for you to get their attention and work them around the distraction…first at a distance where your dog does not react and then move slowly closer to the thing that makes your dog bark.. You want to set your dog up to succeed ..not to fail…

That’s it for today..I hope you are all enjoying this nice weather and I’ll talk to ya soon.

All the best,

Harley

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Today I want to talk about how you can foster peace and tranquility in your home by training your dogs to go to a place and lay down and be quiet..

Now I know many of you struggle with getting your dogs to stop barking when someone comes to the door, or passes by the window..so this is what you can do..

Put the barking on cue..

Instead of yelling “quiet!” over and over ..which in most cases won’t work because the dogs just think you are joining in.. and reinforces there must be a reason to bark..

So this is how you can do it..

Use a whistle..

If you can’t whistle with your mouth loud enough to be heard over many dogs barking..then buy a referee’s whistle.

To begin you want to “load” the whistle so it has meaning for your dogs..

Get some high value food rewards like cooked chicken, sausage, hot dogs.. what ever your dogs can’t resist.. then when things are quiet.. softly toot the whistle a couple time..and call your puppies or dogs..

” Here Puppies” in a cheerful and happy tone of voice..

The dogs come running and you throw down a handful of the tasty treats.. repeat this for a couple of weeks.. once the whistle has been “loaded” your puppies and dogs will learn that when they hear it they come running and good things happen..

Now you can put it to use when they bark at anything..instead of yelling ..which don’t work most times anyway..

Give a couple loud toots on the whistle..dogs quit barking and come see what you got for them.. give them a reward and send them to their place to lay down..

Use this method when they are in the yard..

Let’s say they are running up and down the fence barking at the neighbors cat, dog, kids..

Toot the whistle ..

Dogs come running..

In time you can fade out the rewards and replace them with life rewards and your praise..

Occasionally use food to reinforce the whistle so it maintains meaning for your dogs..

A couple more things you can do to make sure your dogs are less likely to bark uncontrollably.. is to make sure you give them daily opportunities to work out their stress and anxiety..

Go for a structured walk every day..

Head out to the back yard and play tug of war to engage their prey drive…and always let your dogs win..

That’s it for today..I hope this helps a little..have a great weekend.

 Harley

 

 

 

 

It’s a beautiful day here in Cloverdale New Brunswick. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the 5 dogs that live here all want my attention at the same time. So I tell them to lay down and be good for a minute and let me get my coffee,, and then I will take care of their needs. It’s not easy but you can learn how to train a house full of dogs.

There are no squabbles over food or toy’s, because they don’t have access to these resources unless I initiate the action, I take the toys out and I put them away. Any playing inside is kept to a low intensity level, to ensure that excitement does not get out of hand.

I have no conflict in my home because from the git go I have set the rules in a clear, fair, and consistent manner.The dog’s know who sets the rules and they follow them reliably.

I have taught them to think for themselves and trained them to have options when it comes to their behavior. For example if I say “Sit”, and the dog lies down, then I don’t have a problem with it, but if I say “Sit”, and the dog ignores me and walks away, then I don’t yell or get angry I simple go and get the renegade and bring him back to where I gave the command to sit, and proceed to have him sit, this time I am determined to have him sit,not lie down, or half sit, but to sit until I am satisfied he knows what I want from him.

Giving your dog some wiggle room when it comes to behaviors will provide them with choices about what is and is not acceptable, and it really helps when I am not around. For example, I live with my 80-year-old uncle and provide care for him and his wife, and when I am not home, I have to be sure that when he tells my dogs to move or go out, then they will obey him because they have been trained to think for themselves., when he says move, they may sit or lie down, maybe go to their kennel and lie there, or go outside and lay in the shade. You see well-trained dogs can live together in a multi-dog household and not have major problems.

One of the things I always do when thinking about adding a new dog to the mix is to bring that dog home for a trial run, to access how the rest of the herd will react to this new comer, and how he will react to them.

If there are conflicts like aggression, I will not choose that dog to live with us. I don’t mind small squabbles between dogs as this is easy to handle, but adding a dog with aggression issues to a stable mix of dogs will only cause trouble and a lot of stress for you.

If you are thinking about having more than one dog in your home and you are not experienced with training dogs, then I would advise you not to get Pitbull’s, Rottweiler’s, German Shepard’s,Doberman ect.

These breeds are genetically pre-dis positioned to fight, that’s not to say that these breeds can’t learn to get along and live in the same house I am just saying that if you are just starting out, these breeds can and will test you and your ability to keep them balanced and happy.

The more dogs you have in your home the more you need to be in control at all times, you must be very vigilant about excitement levels and be sure to keep your dogs at a level 3-5 on a scale of 0- 10 at all times.

I rate this scale like this, 0 being your dog is asleep, and 10 is you cleaning blood off the walls while your better half writes that 1000.00 dollar check to the vet.

This is a list of things you will need to be very careful about in order to maintain a calm and settled atmosphere in your home.

1- Eating-  All dogs must have their own food dish and there can be no stealing from the other dogs, when one is finished he/she must go to their place and wait.

2- Do not leave toys lying around on the floor, this will only encourage competition. You must put all toys away until you take them out and set the rules for play.

3- Going in and out-of-doors must be done in an orderly fashion, no crowding, pushing or jumping around in front of the door.

4- Don’t make a big deal about leaving the house, don’t talk to them, just get them settled in their places and grab your keys and walk out.

5- Avoid excitement when coming home. When you come home from work or after being out for a while you must not greet your dogs in an excited manner, refrain from speaking to them until they are all in the range 3-5 level of excitement. If you greet them with a happy high-pitched voice, saying things like, “Did you miss Mama”?, “Who’s been a good dog”?, ect, you will only escalate the excitement, and just to let you know,.. aggression goes hand in hand with excitement….Enough said.

6- Play time When playing all dogs must use a soft mouth, and excitement levels should never exceed level 5-6, if the excitement escalates in any of the dogs, you must remove them from play, and take the time to settle them down to that 3-5 level and then bring them back into play.

7-Sleeping arrangements It don’t really matter if the dogs sleep in bed with you or on a dog bed on the floor, the only thing that matters is that each dog has what he considers to be his place to sleep and is not challenged by other dogs for that space.

8- Put Barking on Command– While barking is a perfectly natural way for dogs to communicate with each other, and to alert us to someone approaching the house, it is important when you have a lot of dogs to keep the barking to a minimum. One dog can make enough noise but when you add maybe 5-6 dogs to the choir, the racket is enough to wake up the dead. With a little work you can train your dogs to bark when you say and for how long you say.

New dogs should be trained with a one on one approach inside your house, and as he/she becomes more reliable you can move to your yard and then to the park, where you can add distractions, like other dogs, people, cats, vacuum cleaners ect.

Learning how to train a house full of dogs can be a challenge for even for the most experienced dog trainers, but when you get it right and things are in harmony with you and your household, life with many dogs can be very rewarding.

That’s it for now, I hope this has been helpful, and I encourage you to share this with your Facebook friends and family.

Good luck, and keep on training!

Harley

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Barking is quite natural to a dog, they bark to let us know when some one is coming, they bark at each other over long distances to communicate with other dogs in the pack, and they bark because, well, just because it’s what dogs do, especially if they are bored.

Let’s look at how to train a dog to stop barking when you say. Sometimes as dog owners we confuse our dogs when it comes to barking. We expect them to bark when a stranger comes to the door, and we praise them for this behavior, but in contrast we get really touchy about barking when we don’t want them to, and may verbally punish them,or even give them a smack and yell at them to shut up.

It is this inconsistency that will cause your dog to become confused about when it is the right time to bark, and when to be quiet. The first step in training your dog to stop barking when you say is to become familiar with his barking patterns, for example, is he upset because he wants to come in and you are ignoring him, is he barking because someone is coming, or is he barking because the neighborhood dogs are having a bark-a-thon.

Each type of bark will have a different level of sound, and different characteristics. Find out what his barking is trying to tell you, and you will be better prepared to train him when to bark and when to be quiet. Training your dog to stop barking when you say can be achieved by setting some rules around this behavior.

For example, I let my dogs bark 3-4  times to let me know that someone is coming or there is a ninja squirrel, trying to infiltrate the bird feeder. My method of training the barking dog is to put the behavior on command, that is to say, I want to be able to control how vocal my dogs are and for how long. I simply start by getting them all worked up and barking like crazy, and then I use the command, “Quiet”! to signal I want them to settle down.

In the beginning it may take 15 “Quiets”, to get them sitting and paying attention, but over time and with patients. this number will begin to decrease, and before you know it you can get them quiet in one or two commands. I don’t want my dogs not to bark I just want them to stop barking when I say.

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Every puppy needs daily exercise, both mental and physical to ensure their energy has been drained, and to help keep them on their best behavior, and depending on the breed and age, they may require between 30 minutes for puppies aged 5 months, up to a couple hours for older adolescent pups, aged 6-18 months. That is why I decided to write this post to help you understand why it is important to exercise your puppy.

Just putting your pup in the yard for a couple of hours is not going to cut it, he may run around for 10 minutes or so, and then they will get bored and begin to come up with their own ideas of fun. Mental draining of energy is important as well, short 5 minute training sessions that always end is success for your pup will help to maintain a level of calm contentment.

If you are the type of person who don’t like taking long walks or getting physical with your dog, be prepared for a host of unwanted behaviors to develop in your puppy. Some of these behaviors is as follows:

1- Pacing back and forth.
2- Getting upset with people who are passing by, and barking, showing aggression.
3- Scratching and whining at the door to be let back in.
4- Digging,chewing and generally destroying anything the can get a hold on.

Once you let the pup back inside there will be a wide range of destructive behavior if your puppy is not adequately tired out through proper exercise. Some of these behaviors are as follows:

1- Destroying your furniture,rugs,remotes,ect.
2- Barking at you to let him out.
3- Jumping and barking at every sound outside
4- Getting excited and rush the door when visitors come, maybe develop aggression issues.

If you don’t have time to properly exercise your puppy, hire someone to help you, or find a good service that ensures adequate daily exercise.

I hope you have learned a little about why it is important to exercise your puppy. If you have any questions about this or any topic, or would like a copy of my free report on how to have a well trained dog in 4 easy steps, please contact me through the contact form at the end of this post.

Remember this, a tired puppy is a good and well-behaved puppy.