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How to train a dog not to bark?

Asked by JohannaBarker (19points) November 24th, 2010

I have a weiner dog and whenever somone visits the house he goes insane!We tell him No,we put him in a different room,or we try to calm him down by petting him,but nothing works.At first he starts to bark at the person.He goes crazy!!!He’ll stop occasionally,but then start again.He gets upset if they don’t hold him somtimes.We don’t use a skwirt(or however you spell it)bottle because he likes it.Do you have any ideas because my sister is coming over to visit on Friday and she has a 4 month old baby.I don’t want him to scare her.

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faye's avatar

Can you access the dog whisperer on internet? I have heard that if everyone is quiet and you use the universal hand sign for stay and nobody moves much, that’s supposed to work. This has worked with my daughter’s little bichon. She used to praise him for guarding us and it went to barking and growling through the window at people walking across the street. I have tried the shhh and almost whispering ‘it’s okay’ and it’s working. But, I don’t think it’s going to happen in 2 days!

snowberry's avatar

Get one of those no-bark collars. But be careful. I have seen a dog go nuts and squeal every time it went off, which made it go off even more. Set it first on the lowest setting to start. Another option is to get one of those gizmos that emit a sound that dogs don’t like, but we can’t hear, and set that up.

rooeytoo's avatar

Go to

they have many dog training videos and I am sure I saw one for out of control barking. Cesar Milan is also a good source although there are some on this site who don’t like him but he has practical and quick solutions for those who don’t want to make a life long career out of training their dog.

squirbel's avatar

You gain a ton of knowledge by watching Cesar Milan’s “The Dog Whisperer”. He teaches/enables his watchers how what he does works.

First, you must become the dog’s master. This is done by taking the dog on walks, and making sure you are in front. If the dog tries to get in front of you, it’s because he thinks he’s your master. Because of this, he’ll never listen to what you say because you are a lower rank than he is.

Second, you should take control of your home, and most of all, your space. Sure, you must think it’s cute when he jumps into your lap of his own free will – but you are completely misinterpreting the dog’s actions. He is invading your space without permission, because well, he doesn’t need it! You’re ranked lower than him. So he can walk and lie on you as he pleases! Start telling him no, at the beginning of the jump. The once he masters this, start giving him the command “Up!” or whatever phrase you choose to use to mean “Get in my lap!”. Be consistent.

Always address the action as it is happening; if you’re seconds late the dog will not know what you are referring to.

Third, begin addressing the barking. Have one of your family members go outside, and play the part of the “visitor”. Dog’s start their bark with a low growl, or a guttural sound in their throat – you must listen for this and train your ear to it. It is at this moment that you must say “No!”. You can supplement the command with a hand signal, and the hand signal can work alone as long as the dog is looking at you [and he will look at you often, for everything he needs to do as long as you’re Alpha [master]]. If you wait until he starts barking, he will reach a point of excitability that cannot be pierced with a command; it will be too late.

Your relationship with your dog will become more attached, if your assert yourself as the leader. And each of your family members needs to be the leader as well…in the dog’s mind they are just different ranks above himself. He will be able to relax and be playful, since the responsibility of running a pack has been taken off his hands.

Never, ever beat the dog.
Never get into a shouting match with the dog.
Always exude calmness, especially when he is on the leash. If you are nervous, the dog can feel it through the leash. An Alpha [master] is always calm, and the dog knows this. If you slip up and show anxiety or anger, the dog will feel you’ve failed as an Alpha and he needs to take over.

Have fun! Gaining Alpha can happen in one day, but un-training behaviors will take weeks of consistent correction. Depending on how bright the dog is, it may take only days. But not all dogs are blessed, lol.

Since I’ve watched Cesar Milan’s show on TV, I’ve been enlightened. I’ve raised three puppies since then [yeah, I feel like a farmer’s wife every time I get up in the morning to feed my animals].

One was a Jack Russell named Choi. We got her at 14 weeks of age. I started off from the beginning by training her to know me and my husband as the Alpha by walking her. We untrained her need to bark at the door, and at strangers. We trained her not to jump up on people, or grab at their legs…unless they gave her permission. We had her potty trained within 8 weeks. We taught her “Sit”, “Up”, “Down”, “Come” – all very important commands.

The came Panda, a mix between Great Pyrenees and Rottweiler. This baby was lightyears smarter than Choi. We got her at 4 weeks of age, because her mother wasn’t feeding her puppies anymore. We had her potty trained – and she would ring a bell that we had hanging from the back door when she had to go. She could defecate and urinate on command. She knew all the “sit”, “come”, etc commands by week 7. By this time my method had matured a little and I was getting better at training. She’s my star pupil, and adorable at that. She’s also HUGE, we had to make her a guard dog… until she gets older and can be inside without knowing FURNITURE over. lol.

The Chico. He’s a chihuahua…partially housetrained, He defecates and urinates on command, knows the basic commands. We got him at 12 weeks, and his previous owners taught him by keeping him on diaper pads. It’s been a real pain to break him from sneaking off to do his doo inside the house. The real problem is me, because I can never catch him in the act to say “No!”. So we are faced with trouble like this. But he does everything else well!

Kayak8's avatar

I had to laugh when someone whose screen name is “Barker” asked this question. Just saying!

squirbel's avatar

knowing was supposed to be “knocking” furniture.*

squirbel's avatar

Oh! I forgot the most important thing of all! [Just noticed cos I took Chico outside to do his doo.]

Shower them with love when they perform the command correctly! Every single time! Say “Good boy!” and pet them lovingly.

When they don’t perform correctly, do nothing. Don’t punish them, don’t say “no!”. Just wait for 5 seconds, and then say the command again.

This is so important!

Joybird's avatar

” put him in a different room”
isolating is not training.
“we try to calm him down by petting him”
petting him when he is escalated reinforces the behavior. You are rewarding his behavior in advertantly and therefore teaching him to continue to do the same thing.
“he starts to bark at the person.He goes crazy”
He is picking up on your own agitation and unrest. Of course yours is because he is barking to let you know that there is an arrival…but your response to that has created the pattern of behavior you now see in him.
“He gets upset if they don’t hold him somtimes”
This is a common little dog problem. So many people don’t socialize a little dog like they would a big dog…they hold them…lap them…carry them around. This is the primary reason that little dogs aren’t taught boundaries and appropriate socialization. My dog will bark when someone knockes and smell them when they enter but when commanded to back up he does and when told to come away and heel he does that as well. People don’t teach those types of behaviors to little dogs. Your little dog needs to be taught that he isn’t going to be held on his command but that this is at YOUR command. Otherwise he shouldn’t be taken up dominant domain anywhere in anyway where he can insist on this.

Tell your sister to let you know she is outside the door by text and that after she rings the bell or knocks your are going to work on claiming the space at the door with your dog and putting him in a quiet sit stay and when he is calm you will open the door for her. And then when you do that you should continue to step in front of him claiming the space and allowing your guest to come in and be comfortable without the dog claiming the space and taking over. You use your body and your pack leadership to accomplish this. You can poke and make a loud shushing noise to back him off if he isn’t readily compliant. It sends a message that you are pack leader NOT him. For dogs that are problematic around babies or small children you can crate them. But I would leave them where there are people. I don’t believe in isolation. Dogs are pack animals and while some will settle in a crate they like to remain with their pack. Isolating them is cruel and across time can result in negative behaviors.

faye's avatar

I am puppysitting my dil’s little Havanese puppy. He is so cute and so smart, I am amazed. He is not even six months old and understands half a dozen commands well and a bunch more halfway. I forget how young he is. He doesn’t bark and halfway understands to stay back from people at the door. Don’t use the shock collar. I know someone who did and instead of a yapping dog, she had a squealing dog. Way worse, like chalk on a blackboard.

truecomedian's avatar

This might help, just zap him when he barks

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