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5 months old - barking at everything



Indy is 5 months old. The past week he seems to have found his "voice" and he's been using it often. A bee flew into the window behind him = barking. Neighbors in their backyard (our yard is surrounded on all sides by active outdoor people) = barking. Birds in the yard = barking. People on the street in front of the house = barking. Someone walking down the stairs = barking. ... it's getting ridiculous.

Up until this past week we have the windows and doors to the backyard open as often as possible. He would bark at people he'd see but if someone would go out and tell him "quiet" and give him a few reassuring pets he would stop and just watch. The only other time he would bark would be if he was startled by something and again - he would quiet down as soon as we said "quiet". The past few days, nothing seems to help. He'll continue to bark even if I pick him up and hold him.

Our neighborhood has the houses all pretty close together and no one has airconditioning so the windows are always open. You really can hear a neighbor sneeze if there isn't any music or background noise so Indy's barking is sure to get on people nerves (and it's making me crazy). I know all dogs bark and I don't want him to stop completely, I like that he lets us know when the doorbell rings but the barking at everything needs to stop.

Is there anything I could be doing aside from the "quiet" followed by reassurance if he needs it or bringing him in, shutting the door and ignoring the behavior if he doesn't stop? Or am I just going to have to get used to our vicious protector.

Maybe he was a lion in a previous life.
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Others have suggested teaching a command for bark such as speak so then you can teach a shush command. Also, behaviors that you don't pay any attention to at all will sometimes extinguish especially if you reward the behavior you prefer. Such as if Indy showed he heard a sound (ears react but didn't bark). I am certain others with more experience than I with barking will have suggestions. BTW Indy is really cute!


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Others have suggested teaching a command for bark such as speak so then you can teach a shush command. Also, behaviors that you don't pay any attention to at all will sometimes extinguish especially if you reward the behavior you prefer. Such as if Indy showed he heard a sound (ears react but didn't bark). I am certain others with more experience than I with barking will have suggestions. BTW Indy is really cute!

I forgot to add that we try to encourage the times when he hears something
and doesn't bark. We don't reward with food but with lots of petting and praise.

This really is a time when it's a good thing he's cute
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Barking

Bandit started to bark about 4 months and now at 5 1/2 is slowing down. She sits on the deck and barks at the dogs being walked that she can see across an open field. When I tried to say no and get her off the deck she turned into a chase game so now I just ignore it and I can tell its frequency is about 1/3 of what it used to be. If its not one thing its the other. they keep you guessing!! Cute Pup.
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That's when zoey started barking i think it part of adolescents. They for some reason are either guarding their territory or a bit fearful. I tried so many different things. I think what really helps is more socialization and learning what is triggering it. She now barks more at other dogs than anything else.

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I forgot to add that we try to encourage the times when he hears something
and doesn't bark. We don't reward with food but with lots of petting and praise.

This really is a time when it's a good thing he's cute
That's a good tactic. You can TRY the teaching him to "speak" bit... I've heard some dogs it worked for and others where it only added to the problem, so pick your poison. I didn't dare Kodi was a VERY quiet small puppy, then "found his voice" around 5 months and was a holy terror.

Nothing really seemed to have much of an impact... either praising good behavior or punishing bad behavior (by crating him and covering the crate)... at least in the short run. And it sure didn't FEEL short at the time.

I CAN tell you that he eventually DID grow out of it, and I do think our consistent response to barking probably did help in the long run. But it was NOT a quick fix, by any means. We didn't have the potty problems or the biting problems that some people have with their pups, but we had the full-on barking to deal with!!! :P


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I could have sworn I posted the same complaint with Tim when he was about Indy's age. He was a HUGE barker, we couldn't even watch tv, oh it was bad! I did teach him to speak, as well as "quiet" which consisted of me saying "quiet" and holding my finger up to my mouth. He has quieted down considerably, now I only have to put my finger up to my mouth and he knows. Timmy was also a "bossy barker", which means if I didn't pay attention to him he would bark. This was easily corrected by totally ignoring him, turning my back, not even telling him to be quiet. Just so you know, I had the front door open yesterday, with the screen door there, and he was barking at everything. If he barked I told him quiet and closed the door, once he was quiet opened the door again and if he barked I closed it again. We went through this three of four times and he realized if he barked the door would be closed and guess what? He was quiet.... yay!!!! Just so you know there is light at the end of the tunnel. I know how irritating the barking thing is, but this too shall pass.


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Brody is an alert barker and he started around 5 months of age. One day he just seemed to notice and hear EVERYTHING and react to it. I like to say he reacts/barks when he hears an ant fart 5 miles away. I won't say he's a holy terror, but he does bark at every sound he hears in the hallway (we live in an apartment so there are people going by all the time and the laundry room is across the hall from me). Things I do: I call him to me and then praise him for coming. Quite often this is enough to stop it. Other times he doesn't want to stop, so I'd put him in his crate. Stage 1 with door open. If he still didn't settle then stage 2: shut door. If he still didn't want to settle then stage 3: blanket over sides. It's at the point now where when he just won't stop it, he crates himself. Why he can settle in his crate and not while he's relaxing on the back of the sofa is beyond me!

He's a little over 2 now and he still barks quite a lot (ie at everything), except, apparently when there really is an intruder. Funny story: we were at my parents...he barks at every sound, every movement. Mom or dad get up in the night he's barking at them. However, they had workers on the roof doing something. Brody sat at the window and just stared at them! I'm like "seriously, strangers on the roof and you're just going to watch THEM?"

Luckily for me he doesn't demand bark and I don't think he really barks just to hear himself bark (entertain himself). For some reason when he actually wants something his way of telling me is very quiet and subtle.

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I have a five month old havanese as well (Bowie!) and he's just started barking at night like crazy. I don't know how to post a new thread but since this is fairly similar I thought I'd ask everyone here for suggestions. I understand that puppies tend to go through a "second fear" stage but I kind of think this is his "attention" bark (I've grown quite familiar with his noises and what they could mean). I try to ignore it for as long as I can but I live in an apartment building with neighbors and roommates who I fear will start a revolution if this doesn't subside soon. This is a new thing he's been doing, he usually loves his crate. Eventually I just let him out because I needed to get back to sleep and within an hour he pooped in the middle of my bedroom (his first accident in weeks!). Any tips?
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I had the exact same thing happen with Emmie. She was sleeping through the night but then started waking up and barking very loudly. It was awful. I tried ignoring her but she still made a ruckus; I caved and took her out of her crate and then she pooped on the floor. I was a wreck because I wasn't getting much sleep and I was worried the neighbors would hear her. What finally solved the issue is I took her out of her crate, no talking or comfort, and then went outside for her to pee/poop and back to the crate. Again, no talking to her or petting her. I only needed to do this a few times and then she went back to sleeping through the night.
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