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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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My puppy has started a REALLY bad habit. When I am eating and he wants some, he starts barking...and barking and barking and barking. It's getting worse and worse. What do I do?
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Sally started the same thing. I completely ignored her and when she finally stopped I gave her a small treat. She quickly learned that she would only get a treat if she were quiet. You can increase the time from the first silence to the reward until she finally doesn't get a treat until the end of the meal. This technique worked well for us.

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First off, to the forum!

Kubrick has tried this once and only once. I responded with a very growly and very angry SHUSH (by growly I mean it came from deep within my throat and sounded like a growl). He backed down immediately. I'm not sure if that will work for a more alpha dog, though... Kubrick is very much lower on the totem pole here and he likes it that way.
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Cash used to do that too. I firm NO and ignoring worked for us.




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Sissy never even acted like she knew we were eating and then....

my husbands aunt came to visit and she fed her from the table - sneaking.

Sissy then started to jump up on our chair - but Sissy has never barked at
us while we are eating. We just tell her go eat Sissygirl breakfast and she
looks at her bowl and gives us a dirty look and lays down. She has pretty set times she eats - so she knows. I normally keep food in her bowl all the time - but she normally eats at breakfast and late afternoon. My husband gives her a 1/2 a peanut butter dog biscuit in the evening - 7 - 8 p.m.

Sissy hardly ever barks - maybe when she sees another dog out the window passing by on the sidewalk.

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David, Lina, Missy and Kara gave you great advice. Just make sure you are consistent. Most of all, make sure you don't do what Maries's husband did. (Sorry Marie!)
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I haven't had this happen yet, but in the summer we have the kitchen doors open the screen porch, and Marvin spends a lot of time peering out the screens. And barking at every noise that disturbs the silence. Any time a dog parks, for instance. He doesn't usually go for long, and if I say 'Marvin, no' he stops. I'll lure him away and when he's quiet I'll say 'Nice quiet boy' and give him a treat. I don't know if this is exactly right. Because he'll usually then bark at the next thing that comes along!

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thanks for all of your advice everyone, i'll keep you updated. good luck to me!
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I haven't had this happen yet, but in the summer we have the kitchen doors open the screen porch, and Marvin spends a lot of time peering out the screens. And barking at every noise that disturbs the silence. Any time a dog parks, for instance. He doesn't usually go for long, and if I say 'Marvin, no' he stops. I'll lure him away and when he's quiet I'll say 'Nice quiet boy' and give him a treat. I don't know if this is exactly right. Because he'll usually then bark at the next thing that comes along!

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LOL, well..the timing of the treat may be reinforcing the behavior. My trainer says they have a memory of about 45 seconds, not sure if that is true or not? Anyone? Then again, he may just be acting like a dog, lol....and warning your of a nearby person/pet.
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When we are at the table the boys are ignored, if they jump up to us, I tell everyone not to say anything, don't even look at them, just gently push them away. They get the message and go lay down.

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