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The Barking Thing

Okay so Lucky barks when someone comes to the door, when he sees a squirrel out the window, when he has to go out, if you've left the refrigerator door open or his ball is out of reach under a chair and I think this is normal if not even good. My husband thinks he should not bark. Now it IS true that this little guy has the bark of a Rottweiler which is pretty funny when delivery people are cowering on the other side of the door and then they see how small and joyful Lucky is, and it IS true that he will bark if a friend has arrived and that friend is more interested in saying hello to us than to him or if (and he anticipates this and asks to be picked up) there's likely to be a hello or good bye hug and he's not included. What do you all think or do about barking? Aren't dogs supposed to bark now and then. He's never yippy or barking to hear the sound of his own voice. And how now (I never could do a bark collar or can of coins to quiet him) do you let the dog know that some barking (i.e. somebody's at the door etc.) is okay and some barking (i.e. look at ME) is not? Thanks for thoughts, experience, and ideas.

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Dogs bark. Plain and simple. It's how they communicate. Alarm barking at the door is fine, as long as they stop when you tell them it's under control. Barking to communicate a REAL need is OK in my book too. "Demand barking" (the equivalent of a kid nagging you! ) is NOT OK with me! Kodi was a TERRIBLE "demand barker as an adolescent. I did what I was told, and pointedly turned away and ignored him when he did it. It felt like it was never going to get better. But I was (and am) consistent about it, and it definitely has improved.

It's still a fall-back behavior with him, so I have to be on my guard against it all the time. I've also taught him that if I whisper, "you need to be q-u-i-e-t-t-t" he needs to settle. Often this is enough of a reminder. I was taught (and also experienced for myself! ) that raising your voice is likely to only make them louder. (Hey! You're barking, why should THEY stop? )

It's not something that goes away quickly, but if you work on it consistently, it DOES get better over time.


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Ollie didn't bark at all, until I taught him the trick to bark on command. b/c it was hard for him to learn the trick I paid him well, and even now, when he scrolls thru tricks, randomly, to get a treat he'll always bark to see if that will win him a nugget.

He only alarm barks if I'm horizontal in bed and someone rings the doorbell. that and he barks when I come home.

You can teach him not to bark, like Karen said. it's really about how much time you want to invest.

I have 3 igits. so barking is just a part of my life, lol.
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Mine is a barker which is ironic since one of the reasons I chose Havanese is because they aren't considered a "barky" breed. Mine talks. He also is an alert barker and he alerts me to EVERYTHING. Every time someone talks outside, walks down the hallway in the apartment, makes a noise, an ant farts a mile away, he lets me know. Frankly, unless there's an axe wielding maniac bashing through my door, I'd prefer he didn't bark at EVERYTHING.

He also excitement barks which means he barks at everyone he meets. You'd think he'd be over that since he meets and greets new people daily at work, but he still feels he must bark at everyone.

I inadvertently taught him to growl at people as well. Basically, while trying to get him to stop barking at people (quiet), he'd quieten to a growl instead. So now, he'll quite often sit in his cage and growl at people as they come into work because he'd get corrected for barking. So many people think he isn't friendly, which couldn't be farther from the truth. This dog has never met anyone he didn't like.

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normal . Just his way of communicating. When you said he's " never yippy" , you answered your own question lol Tell hubby to suck it up. The only dogs that I have seen that didn't bark were a Basenji or deaf .

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A friend told me a story about a neighborhood that had a lot of robberies. Most of the homes had dogs.The police said too many owners of dogs are teaching them not to bark. If they had the homes probably would have been protected. Zoey sounds a lot like Brody It makes it hard to have as many people want to come and just enjoy her. She is more shy than mean. Not saying Brody is shy.

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A friend told me a story about a neighborhood that had a lot of robberies. Most of the homes had dogs.The police said too many owners of dogs are teaching them not to bark. If they had the homes probably would have been protected. Zoey sounds a lot like Brody It makes it hard to have as many people want to come and just enjoy her. She is more shy than mean. Not saying Brody is shy.
Oh Brody is definitely not shy. His mom is, but he's not. He just HAS to make sure he's noticed. There would be no sneaky him in anywhere in a stroller because he'd be letting everyone know he's there. ha ha

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