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|11-13-2008, 06:09 AM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Blog Entries: 2
Grrr... Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip!
Yes, our darling Juliet learned to bark, thanks to the fun play of our 24 year old son. For the last week, every time someone she loved came in the room, Juliet would bark her head off with happy hellos. This seemed cute the first day or two, but the potential problem was evident. Yesterday we all agreed to completely ignore Juliet when she barked, then approach and praise her when she was silent. It took each one of us (that would be 5 people) to do the ignore trick just one time - and it worked like a charm! This morning the culprit son walked into the room and Juliet wiggled her tail off without a single sound. Oh what a genius pooch we have!
I taught Juliet a new trick yesterday too, "hand". I put my palm open near her, and when Juliet touched her nose to my hand, I said YES! When she tried to mouth my fingers, she got a firm low no. She likes yesses much better! I read that this is a good way to socialize dogs so when someone puts a hand near, they don't shrink away, but go to them with their nose. The article also said this is a good way to initialize "come", as the dog already knows to come to the hand with her nose. So far, Juliet will move about two feet to greet my hand. She is just too too smart!
Those who claim that money cannot
buy happiness never bought a Yorkie!
Last edited by mwatson6; 11-13-2008 at 06:13 AM.
|11-13-2008, 06:22 AM||#2|
I Love My Yorkies
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
That is great! Juliet sounds like she is a smarty! I love her name by the way
|11-13-2008, 06:23 AM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Orlando area, Florida
Congrats on having a smart dog!!
BTW you aren't too far away from me.... I was just in Apopka the other day... I think we went through there to go to St. Augustine.
Wrigley (1 year) Rainer (4 years)
|11-13-2008, 06:46 AM||#4|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Barrie, Ontario Canada
That's WONDERFUL progress - congratulations!
I'm so glad you didn't resort to any 'negative' reinforcement like bitter sprays. Way to go!
And the hand training is super too! You are on your way to having a very nice and sociable puppy!
Liz... Mummy to Charlie ... Littlest Mac and... only 4 weeks until Teddy joins us!!
|11-13-2008, 07:03 AM||#5|
Resident Yorkie Nut Donating YT 20K Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Agreed....great job!!! I did that with my wild child, Cookie. Took some time and patience, since I had been reinforcing the barking by picking her up to silence her....but it worked! I can now talk on the phone without her screaming at me!
I love, love, love when I see people use positive reinforcement for training!! Thanks so much for sharing your success with your Juliet!
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