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Hi, Thiis my first post. Our dogs name is Lilly and we were lucky to be given her by my friend who had two. They were sisters who did not get along. She is an amazing dog with a personality unlike any dog we have ever owned. I am curious if anybody has had an issue with being barked at. Whenever Lilly wants something she barks but she won't or can't show us what it is. If we say no barking she starts barking louder. I am trying to figure out how to break her of this. It is usually between being hungry, having to go out or wanting to play. The going out and being hungry is one thing, but we can't jump every time she wants to play. She will run the household. Has anybody ever had an issue like this? Thank you!!
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Welcome, Barb and Lilly!

The others may give you more specific advice, but I would suggest "catching her being good" and click/treating for sitting quietly. If she barks, turn your back on her, then look at her and click/treat only when she settles down and sits quietly.

How old is she?

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I second ShamaMama; only give her attention when she's being good. Showing her that you'll turn away if she barks to get your attention will teach her it won't get her anywhere
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Welcome to the forum! My Havanese is very quiet but I used to have a Bichon that whined for attention. My advice would be not to respond to the barking by giving her what she wants. Wait until she is being quiet to respond to her and hopefully she will understand that barking does her no good. Good luck!

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Thank you for sending. We got her at 1 and she's now 2. she is very well trained except for this issue. I will try your suggestions.
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Rudy looks at us and barks when he has to go out to potty.

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Welcome, I hope you get the advice you are looking for.

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Yup? I have a demand barker too. Unfortunately, I wastoo fast to jump and meet his every whim when he was younger (first/only dog syndrom ) I learned to ignore him, but once he started it, it has been hard to curtail. (And telling them "no bark" is useless, as you have found. They don't have a clue what that means.

I was VERY careful not to fall into that trap with the younger ones, but I do also think it is partly innate temperament. The girls have NEVER demand barked. Kodi HAS gotten MUCH better as he's gotten older, but he's almost 8 now, and still does it occasionally.
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Welcome. I had a corgi that would woof at me to play ball. She would first start out with what I called a silent bark. You could just hear her jaws snapping open and shut. If she was ignored she would growl a little and the longer I ignored her the louder she became. Fortunately, she only did this when it was ball time!
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Perry doesn't demand bark - but he does bark at things around the house (after a quiet first 2-3 months, the last month has been a lot of barking). We're working on a 'quiet' command - not to tell him to never bark - he's a dog, they should be allowed to bark at something new, scary, a stranger in the yard, etc - but to then ask him to quiet down when I tell him.
We're having varied success. I think he knows what I want - I'll tell him and he'll stop, or I'll tell him and he'll come running in to check in with me (check if I'm serious?) and I'll back it up with a 'shh' (finger over lip) gesture and he'll stop (treats provided), but other times, if he's really serious about it (for example, he doesn't like our night guard, so he will continue barking at him no matter what I say) so I'll have to go and physically get him before he'll stop or he'll continue until I come check it out (when he's barking at the neighbor's dogs or a snail in the yard).

I'm also working on stopping some of the behavior before it starts - for example, when we're outside and I can hear the night guard coming up the stairs to the yard, I'll call Perry over and give him a treat, and same if he seems like he's running over to follow him/ bark at him, but it's slow going.

I did read that the best way to teach quiet was to teach him to bark on command first, but we haven't tried that yet - it seems much more complicated to me .
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