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stop barking, which comes first

when you are trying to correct excesive barking behavior do you shake the can full of coins to get his attention and then say "no bark". if he stops praise him? or do you say "no bark" first then shake can.
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I would say no bark then shake if he doesn't not stop. The shake should get him to hush, so then the praise. I've not had this problem so I'm just guessing that they would stop barking when you shake the can. No point in saying no bark if they have already stopped.

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Some people use that approach with some success ,but it usually is short lived. To really solve excessive barking you have to teach bark on command. And then teach a shush command. Here is an article I like about it. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/excessive-barking

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Much better idea. I never did like shaking cans. Only used that once for a cat that would try to scoot out the front door. It did not work well for that either.

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i'm torn with teaching him when to bark, i like that he barks to tell us something or someone is outside, the problem is that he doesn't know when to stop. plus he barks like mad when someone comes over and goes crazy for 30 seconds.
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I like that my girls alert me to someone outside too. I think that is their job. I have found if I walk over and look out the window and then say Oh good girls, now that is enough. They will usually stop. I say this in my normal tone of voice. If they continue, I clear my throat and say, No Ma'am that is enough, a little quieter than normal so they have to hush to hear me. I say it firm but quiet. For what ever reason this seems to work with my two, most of the time.

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I like that my girls alert me to someone outside too. I think that is their job. I have found if I walk over and look out the window and then say Oh good girls, now that is enough. They will usually stop. I say this in my normal tone of voice. If they continue, I clear my throat and say, No Ma'am that is enough, a little quieter than normal so they have to hush to hear me. I say it firm but quiet. For what ever reason this seems to work with my two, most of the time.
Kodi also seems to quiet right down if I thank him for letting me know, and tell him it's enough. (not that I think he understands the words, but I think he gets the fact that I've acknowledged him, and have the situation under control) Actually, his worst barking is either at the cat, who definitely instigates trouble, or during our classes, when he wants to keep working, but I have to stop to either listen to what the instructor is saying, or because another dog is working an individual exercise. I've been told that as long as the cat and dog aren't hurting each other (they aren't... it's just a lot of noise on both sides) I should let them work it out. In cass, the instructor has me turn my back on him when he barks, and click/treat when he waits quietly.


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hmm...
we have the opposite problem. Havannah only barks when she's given the command, or during play time and she tries to get our attention to keep playing.

She also sharfs (short blasts) when the wife takes her for walks and when she sees other dogs her size.

Havannah is extremely smart is very aware of her surroundings. Whenever she hears something outside she always picks up her head but she never barks. To encourage what she just did we always give her praise for it. I just wished she was more of a warning dog. Not trying to jack a thread here but , Any ideas?
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i'm torn with teaching him when to bark, i like that he barks to tell us something or someone is outside, the problem is that he doesn't know when to stop. plus he barks like mad when someone comes over and goes crazy for 30 seconds.
yeah the purpose is not to stop your dog from barking but just when to stop. If he is alert barking ,it always is good to check out the situation and then let him know its alright and then if he doesn't stop ,you give him the shush command. Actually 30 seconds is not that bad. Train your visitors to keep it low key when they come in and not acknowledge your dog until he settles down.

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