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Oh no. He barks!!!

Okay, so Lucky's been ridiculously easy up til now. Sleeps through the night, pees on the pad, poops with deliberation near a bathroom so it's easy for me to dispose of and plays beautifully and happily on his own (oh, he does love to fetch, and sort of sits, and definitely stays) and he turns 12 weeks tomorrow. He's had a range of whimpers in his crate which I can read from weary and settling down to "got to get out immediately to poop." but as of a few days ago he's started barking!! Not that occasional bark at a scary toy or wild ace bandage that he's dragging when he runs lh. But a bark that almost sounds commanding, "I need this or that" and I'm wondering how to respond. Should I take it like a whimper and try to see what he needs? Should I bang the table and say "No barking." (I know that's not good and anyway when I did it he thought I was joining in to the noise making). Will appreciate any advice you need. I'd like to avoid "small dog syndrome" whatever that is and certainly don't want him to alarm and disturb others. Thank you thank you in advance.

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Ignore, would be my advice. Right now he is attempting his own training techniques on you (they're clever little things ). Jasmine went through a phase like this. I didn't want her to develop the habit, or begin to think she can "command" me to do things, so I didn't pay any attention and she learned within a day or so that it wouldn't work.
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I agree! Ignoring it will do the trick. Unfortunately, I can't be consistent with this, cuz Roshi barks in the office. In that case, I had to check up on what's wrong. Can't have him bark in an open office environment, but he's not a constant barker to begin with. However at home, I just leave him to bark all he wants, and after a while, not a peep, only when he needs to go outside to potty (that's the method I trained him... after discovering that my bells scratched up my walls ).

Oh yeah, and when he's not barking or when he stops barking, tons of praise and love - cuz that's what YOU want him to do!

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I ignored Jack's barks at that age. They are the "I'm bored" barks. Now he only barks to announce that something has changed outside. I acknowledge that he did his doggie job and he stops..... usually.
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Part of it is their adolescence and them learning their voices.
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Thanks all. We have been seriously ignoring the barking, turning a back, looking away, and only responding when he's done and it DOES seem to be working. Wow. So great to have your help with this and amazing how quickly these little guys catch on. Appreciate it.

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My Leyla has barked maybe 10 times at the most since i got her 6 months ago. She is perfect lol!
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My Leyla has barked maybe 10 times at the most since i got her 6 months ago. She is perfect lol!
Yeah, that's what WE thought for the first 6 months or so too. He hardly made a sound... Then adolescence hit and he learned to "talk back"!

Fortunately, though it seemed like for ever at the time, he also outgrew it pretty quickly.


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Yeah, Ignore it and he'll eventually stop.

Bumi was loud when he was young, especially Saturday and Sunday MORNINGS!!! DH used to get so mad because he couldn't sleep through it (I, on the other hand can sleep through a tornado). Eventually he grew out of it.
Now is Toby's turn and he starts at 6 AM

The only thing Bumi has not grown out of is howling when he hears a fire truck. DH sometimes makes the sirens sound from the room and the silly dog runs around the house like a dummy howling...

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Dave and Kodi howl together when Dave gets home from work. It's hysterucal hearing this howling come out of a little dog like that. (let alone how ridiculous it is for the MAN to be doing it!)


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