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Do your dogs bark their heads off

Do your dogs bark their heads off when they are out in public? Is this normal? Will they grow out of this or do I have to train them to stop barking? We are praising (“good quiet”) them and giving them treats when they are quiet and that seems to be helping. If I socialize them more will this barking become less?

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Hmmmmm... not sure... when we are out like at Pet Smart or on a walk or something Tillie doesn't usually bark unless she meets a dog and wants to PLAY. barking is her way of saying, "I LOVE you, will you be my bestest friend in the whole wide world!!!?" sadly, it is annoying and not all dogs enjoy her barking at them! sigh ...
the only other time she barks is if she is out front and there is a dog walking by, they she will bark and totally ignore our commands for "QUIET" ... BUT when/if she does stop she gets a treat ... not sure how to help, just giving my experience!
Hopefully someone will chime in that can help figure out how to stop all the racket!!

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Big topic Annemarie. Socialization is a big part of it. Especially the type of barking you are talking about. Here's one article. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/excessive-barking I have a rather long article as well if you want to email me at [email protected]

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Big topic Annemarie. Socialization is a big part of it. Especially the type of barking you are talking about. Here's one article. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/excessive-barking I have a rather long article as well if you want to email me at [email protected]
Thank you for the article and I sent you an email so you can forward me the longer article. Thanks

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The thing I love most about Abby is her "quiet" nature! I used to have poodles and they were really big barkers who could drive you crazy. Abby barks when the doorbell rings and once a week at my neighbor's pool man if she happens to be outside when he's there! If it isn't someone familiar who comes into our house she will bark until we tell her "quiet" and then she's okay again. Good luck - I hope Dave's article will help!

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Ollie is only 1/2 hav, 1/2 shih tzu, he rarely barks out in public. only trigger is if I am paying attention (petting) another dog, he might growl, or bark... just depends.

at home, he barks at my other dogs, for attention or to start play or bicker.

and also if there's an intruder alert.
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Tori never barks out in public. At home, when visitors arrive, is quite a different story, though

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Zeus and Cali only bark when someone knocks on the door. We had to work with Zeus a little bit. We put a few pennies in an empty water bottle and would shake it when he barked. He quickly learned not to bark unnecessarily.
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Marlowe almost never barks. If he's in the middle of a really fun play session and he'll throw in a bark or two. Oh and a couple of times on our walks at night we've come across people sitting on their steps talking on their phones. He barked like crazy then - I think they startled him. But it's only happened twice - otherwise he's silent except for harumphs, sighs, yawn/whines, snorts, and what we've dubbed "monkey noises."
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Lizzie barks at the deer in the yard. They drive her nuts. She also barks at a dog walking by if she hears them. Those are her two times she has the annoying bark. She also barks when she sees my 10yo walking home from the bus. She runs back and forth from the front window and the back door. When we come home she will bark, but that again is the happy to see you bark.

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