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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-13-2009, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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I was just wondering if this is normal... Mochi never barks when someone is at the door, rings the door bell, comes home, etc. She barks when she's playing but not when there is a person at the door. Instead, she just sits there wagging her silly tail to death. That is actually the only time I WANT her to bark! Do other havs do this too?

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These guys are smart and you can teach them to say "hello" and also to "whisper" and also to "no bark" or "that's enough." So, if you do want her to alert you that someone is at your door you can start giving her the command "say hello," perhaps bark to get her going, or when she is play barking tell her "good hello" and give her a treat. You just want to make sure you also teach her "that's enough" or "no bark" or you'll be kicking yourself for this new "trick."
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How old is Mochi now? Kubrick didn't "learn" (in quotes because he learned by himself, not from me, LOL) to bark at the door until he was about 6 months old, maybe 7 months. Before then, he'd completely ignore noises outside the door. Now, he's a TOTAL watchdog. He's good about stopping once he sees the person come in, which is what I want. He has a very big bark (not a small dog bark) and he will run to the door and bark if he hears noises that he can't recognize and/or the doorbell rings. Now, of course, he's teaching Hitchcock to follow suit. Hitch just barked at the door for the first time ever today... time to teach "that's enough," haha!

Anyway, all that to say that maybe Mochi will start barking at the door by herself and if not then you can go the route that Amy stated above and teach her yourself.


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We have the opposite problem!

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Ok I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one whose hav didn't bark at the door. Mochi is only 13 weeks old, so she's still really young. I'll wait a bit more to see if she can "teach" herself to be a watchdog! I guess I should be thankful I don't have the opposite problem

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Be careful what you wish for! Jasper didn't make a peep until he was 9/10 months. Now he is a tazmanian devil at the door, the mail, the squirrels....and the list goes on. Cash started alerting us sooner around 6 month.

I personally think it has to do with them just growing up and being much more aware of their surroundings.

But to be honest, I would rather go back to them not making a peep.




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Heath did not start to bark at the door or noises outside until recently. He is 5 1/2 months old.
Now he also growls which is comical, but may not be so in the future...I cannot remember when Biscuit started barking to alert us. But he sure does now, and loudly.

I think Mochi is too little to be alerting you yet. Please, enjoy the QUIET!!!!



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LOL! You may be sorry you asked for this. It will probably come on her own in time.

I have two that are ridiculous guard dogs (Hillary and her son, Mousse), but any of my other Havs would gladly unlock the door and welcome a burglar inside... and kiss them for it too.
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Dexter is now almost 14 weeks and he found his bark at least 3 weeks ago. He was really quiet until then (no barking), but once he found his bark he found it.

Dexter barks at strangers, strange sounds, telephone rings, and whatever else startles Dexter. He even barks at my husband coming out of the bedroom if it has been awhile since seeing him, which could only be 5 minutes.

When Dexter barks at strangers, he barks, then when the stranger wants to pet, I say ok and then the barking stops and Dexter about wags his tail and body so much, you would think it would tire Dexter out from all the shaking.

Oh! My husband says "he doesn't bark when I have him and you are not home."

So, Dexter only barks warnings for me.............What's with that?



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