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hello justa,
You try what I suggested earlier. Ask your friends to get some cookies/biscuits while coming to your house. Just, observe the behaviour of your dog. Let me also know the result of this experiment. I am sure that you would agree to my point. As far as "barking dogs never bite" statement - It is true in most of the cases.

Good day,
kittu
Hmmm kittu, but don't you think the dog may take it as a sign of encouragement to bark? I.e. "if I bark at them, I get cookies... it's a nice thing to do!" Emotion: thinking
Hi Ruslana,
See, Not only human beings, but animals also expect something from others - love and affection. Dogs are faithful pets. They always care for the well-being of the Owner. Sometimes, dogs also become bored to eat daily routine food offered by the Owner. It barks at other people due to some sort of dissatisfaction with the Owner, but never barks at the Owner. It releases its anger on others, but never bites.

As far as cats are concerned, they are always faithless. Cats always see when this fellow (Owner) goes out of house, so that it can eat the food stuffs without the notice of his/her Owner. You know: Ghosts/spirits attract cats, and settledown in the house. whereas, Dogs bark continuously and weeps at the end when it sees a spirit/ghost. In India, people hate cats due to this reason.

Let me know if you want any other infomation on this topic.

sincerely,
Kittu
I didn't know cats were not favoured in India, especially for such a reason. I do think cats can be very faithful and even protect your home from unwanted spirits. I've started a new thread to avoid off-topic here.
kittukittuSee, Not only human beings, but animals also expect something from others - love and affection. Dogs are faithful pets.
Yes I have no doubt in that, but I don't think barking at guests and other pets is the case here. If a thief comes and gives a treat to the dog, the dog will stop barking?.. Well, some dogs will, of course, but I don't think it's the kind of behaviour owners should encourage.
As JustaBrat said, the owner must become the alpha dog of the household, and that should be the reason why the dog obeys. Not because someone gives it a cookie.
kittukittuAsk your friends to get some cookies/biscuits while coming to your house.
That isn't going to happen. I will not have people bribe my dog with cookies for barking at them. He is a guard dog and is supposed to bark when someone comes onto his property. If a true stranger were to come around with the intentions of robbing me, but knows there is a dog here, all he would have to do is give the dog a cookie in order to gain entry to my home.

Koco is a very loving and friendly dog once he knows that the person I invite into our home is a good person. Once you enter my home, he will spend a couple of minutes sniffing you. After I give him the "all clear," then he is very accepting and friendly. He has no anger or boredom issues, so your suggestion may work for you, but it doesn't work for me, and won't work for a lot of others.
Hi Justa,
If everything is fine with your pet, there is no meaning in complaning about "barking at others".

Don't take everything granted for your pet, there are techniques to control the pet dogs also. Your Dog always looks special to you when compared to other pet dogs, because you are the Owner. All Dogs do not have equal mentality like human beings.

Any specially trained thief can control your Dog in minutes time. Don't take everything granted. Dogs are meant to alert the owners in case of a threat, but it is the Owner who has to take care of himself and escape safely!
Good day,
kittu
hello friend, Anonymous:
Barking has several reasons...,
-it is due to a threat.
-Dog also barks out of boredom.
-When it has no energy
-Due to separation
-Anxiety
-phobia.

Closely observe your Dog, understand its requirement, and fulfill its desire.

Good day,
Kittu
Hi kit,
kittukittuIf everything is fine with your pet, there is no meaning in complaning about "barking at others"
"I" never complained about my dog barking, as he is supposed to bark. He is also supposed to bite if the stranger doesn't take his warning seriously. He is doing his job exactly the way he was trained to.
kittukittuDon't take everything granted for your pet, there are techniques to control the pet dogs also.
I was giving anonymous training techniques for keeping his pet dog under control. They are tried and true methods that work. S/he wants a dog that doesn't bark at everyone, and isn't anti-social.

This is not a debate between you and I and I don't appreciate you publicly attacking me, my training methods, or my morals. Please keep any reference to me out of your posts.

Thanks,
JustaBrat
Positivie punishment (adding something bad when your dog does something you don't like), like the squirt gun method that was suggested, can actually make problem behaviors worse. The most effective way to train your dog to stop barking is through positive reinforcement. Ask a friend to come over to help with the training. Confine your dog to an area before the friend comes inside, such as a bedroom or her crate if she is crate trained. Give your friend a handful of dog treats (or a few dog toys--whichever your dog likes best) when they arrive and ask them to ignore your dog completely when you bring her out. Bring your dog out on a leash to the area where your friend is. If she is quiet, even for a few seconds, have your friend toss a treat on the ground near her. If she is barking, bring her back to the initial area that she was confined in and wait for 5 seconds of quiet before trying again. Keep training sessions short (~15 minutes) and try not to become frustrated. She will be most interested in training if it is right before meal time and if you use a special treat/toy that she only recieves for this type of training. You might also consider using a bridge signal, like a clicker. The training process will take time and patience but it will build your relationship with your dog and she will respect and trust you even more. Other methods can make dogs anxious, which could actually increase the barking, plus they are just not as clear to them and they do not pick up on it as quickly.