OK about 2 weeks ago I read some threads about something new to try to stop a dog from barking - praising them when they stop. I've been thinking about this a lot and want to try it on our barker, er I mean dog.

Rusty barks whenever we walk to the front door, if the front door opens (we only use the back door to come in and out of our house), when there is a knock or when the doorbell rings. So I'm wondering about this... Do I praise Rusty as soon as he breaks in his barking to take another breath or do I wait until he's completely finished? He will oftentimes continue to bark quietly under his breath for the next 1 or 2 minutes after the person is gone. Do I praise him every time he finishes after that?

Advice to others - never get a dog that is already 4 months old from a backyard breeder where he has never been outside until you bring him home and then proceed to break his leg (accident - not purposely) so that they are stuck inside for yet another month while on bedrest - it's not the best way to socialize a dog!!! We love him anyway and wouldn't trade him in for all the money in the world, but we do have a barky little doxie. Emotion: smile
Shelley & Rusty
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Hi shelly ,
I was told that you praise as soon as there is a pause in barking. You could use a clicker (and a treat) for this as you have to get the timing right .

Alison
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OK about 2 weeks ago I read some threads about something new to try to stop a dog from barking - praising them when they stop.

I've never had any luck with this.
The simplest way is to get a small water pistol that will fit in the palm of your hand. You can usually get packs of them in the "party favors" section of a store. When the dog barks, you squirt him in the face with water.

The important thing is that he shouldn't see where it's coming from. If he knows it's you, it won't work for long. He'll look to see if you have it, and it becomes a game. If he thinks God did it - his behavior causes the universe to spray water - it will work a lot better.
Eventually he will learn to inhibit his barking. Some dogs learn quickly, others take a while.
If he doesn't mind the water, try an empty soda can filled with pennies and taped over the top. Same principle - you need to throw it on the floor near him (not *at* him), but he shouldn't see that it's coming from you.

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Thanks for the suggestions, Leah. I've tried both of these. We tried the squirt bottle thing when we first got him and he learned to run under the table to bark where we won't spray him because it's an antique table and water spots on it would be bad. The thing with the coins we tried 2 times. It never phased him. Thanks, though!

Shelley & Rusty
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My inlaws have a sheltie that barks incessantly. He went to puppy class at Petsmart , and was sent back to his breeder (who is also an obedience trainer) for a couple weeks, but nothing fazed him either. They resorted to a citronella collar, which did work.
My inlaws have a sheltie that barks incessantly.

What sheltie doesn't? :}
I had a customer ask me if his sheltie would "outgrow" the barking. He was considering debarking him. The water pistol worked great.

Again, it's important that the dog does NOT see that you're the one squirting it.
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My inlaws have a sheltie that barks incessantly.

What sheltie doesn't? :}

This is important. Some breeds of dogs (especially mixed breeds, and hound or terrier breeds) are more likely to bark just from instinct, just like some breeds tend to retrieve, or run, or dig, etc.

The quickest, easiest way is to just get one of those anti-bark electronic collars. You can buy one for $25 or less now, and they work wonderfully. No, no, no, they DON'T hurt the dog - it's just a little uncomfortable jolt, like when you touch a doorknob after walking across a carpet. It's absolutely, completely harmless.

Also, they have the advantage of providing a response that the dog does NOT connect to you, and that is 100% consistent, 24 hours a day, even when you're not there or it's 3:00 a.m. and you're in bed asleep.

Typically, the dog stops barking within seconds.
Typically, the dog stops barking within seconds.

I have to disagree with this. Not our dog. We tried one (and never will again). When the doorbell rang, he would tear over to the door and bark and bark and bark with this collar on. He'd end up screaming in pain and it continue to zap him until it hit its maximum. I will never torture my dog like that again.

Shelley & Rusty
http://www.bump.us/rusty
The quickest, easiest way is to just get one of those anti-bark electronic collars.

I disagree. The citronella collars are more humane and supposedly more effective.
The danger with collars, in general (but especially the electronic ones, which should only* be used by hand, not automatically, and *only by an *** in their use), is that the dog may associate what he's barking at with the punishment. For ***, if he's barking at other dogs, the constant positive punishment every time he's focused on them could heighten his aggression towards them.
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