| | window & backyard barker - how do I get him to stop?
I have a 1.5 yr old, Max, who is a total love and gets along great with humans and people.
Last summer we had just brought him home and had him penned into the kitchen so we were not dealing with him in the backyard, or at the window... of course, fast forward a year and he's an adult, pad/potty trained, etc. He has tuned into a barker when he hears noises or sees someone walking outside the window. If he is near me I say "no bark" (he understands "no" very well) and if he continues I gently hold his muzzle and repeat "no bark", then distract him with something else. If he is not near me and I say "no bark" and walk towards him, he stops.
The backyard is new to him this summer and he loves to go out. We are in a city so our backyards are all small and backed up against each other. They are fenced so that Max can hear other dogs in the area, but can't see them. So when he goes out, he immediately starts running around and barking trying to find his other canine friends. If another dog barks, they go back and forth indefinitely... and if nobody responds he will keep trying. If I say "no bark" he doesn't obey. I've tried a nice tone, sharp tone, distracting him with a ball (which usually overrides anything else) but no luck.
Any suggestions? I am patient and willing to train with positive... we have never hit Max and trained him with positive reinforcement only... at a loss here. Our neighbors all love Max but I don't think they would love him (or us) anymore if we let him just hang out and bark.
Last edited by Stratton; 06-08-2008 at 06:39 PM.