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Controlling Your Dogs Bark

Aug 17, 2007
A barking dog is a brilliant protection and an outstanding burglar alarm system, but you need the power to command the barking.

If you don't train your dog to bark only at the suitable times (fire alarms, disturbance outside the window and as approached by unknowns), your neighbors are likely to begrudge your best friend, and you since you fail to control your dog.

If you require your dog to be security for you, train him the guard command rather than speak, an intruder or someone who's endangering you will not know precisely how much your dog knows about guard and it's an
excellent deterrent.

This command doesn't mean that your dog will in reality attack someone, but the barking can be a good prevention for your safety both inside and outside your house.

To train your dog to guard or speak, tie his leash to a fence or another immovable item. Stand approximately 3 feet away and tease him with a toy or food, as he begins to bark, give the reward.

Now put the food and toy aside and alter the treat to verbal praise when he starts to bark. The command guard or speak should be commanded as soon as the dog barks.

The timing is indispensable here, watching his body language, you can tell when he's ready to bark.

Once he becomes cognizant of the guard command, give the quiet command when he's barking; give the reward as soon as he quits barking. If the barking carries on, give the no command. When he's successfully learned the command, move farther away and carry on the training, he needs to know and react to these commands from any distance.

After this training is successful, untie him from the fence and continue to train him the commands guard and quiet. You and your neighbors will appreciate this training when they have a peaceful night, and they will learn that if he is barking, there is something wrong.

Dogs need physical and mental stimulation as well as
companionship, it is rare for a dog to have a pack leader mentality, most are comfortable and feel very safe and secure following their leader, which is you.

Every dog, like every person has its own distinct personality, this causes the difference in their
ability to be trained, how intelligent they are and how much patience they have during their training.

Dogs will do many things that their masters do not understand, the one thing you need to remember is that there are very few things your dog does that you can't train him not to do.

Some things just take more patience than others. Every person who has ever been owned by a dog, has hundreds of questions they have needed answers to, and have probably been told many different answers to each
question.
About the Author
GR - Garland Choate - is a retired Airline Captain> who has been in internet marketing for many years. Now, he is retired in the US Virgin Islands where he writes and does more marketing from home. Find many great free articles on Dog Training at http://www.DogTraining.WAHWarriors.com
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