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Old 07-28-2012, 05:48 AM   #1
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can someone please advise how to stop almost 4 yr. old yorkee to STOP barking. She goes absolutely ballistic when the door bell rings. I can't even hold her because she's squirming all over the place and just out of control. I've tried saying NO BARK. I've tried the frequency remote type unit and the bark collar. NOTHING WORKS. She's the perfect dog, with the exception of the barking.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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I just watched an episode of " It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet Channel. Victoria had the clients feed treats when the dog obeyed and sat and stayed instead of crowding the door. It took a few times. I was amazed at how food orientated dogs are. I think you could try that practice with the barking also. I understand she has a book out and it might included the problem you are having and how to address it. Hope this was helpful..
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Hi I just looked online and Victoria Sitlwell has her own web page. Her book on training is $17.99. I am going to get it for certain and I would recommend that you purchase it too. Best of luck.
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Harry's not treat orientated AT ALL....which was quite frustrating training-wise

However, one great big blast on his Kong Squeaker Ball normally does the trick.... Sally + Harry x
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Bad part is, she can't have treats because of her food allergies. She can have raw carrots and I have tried that, but when she's barking so uncontrollably she wants nothing to do with a treat. I could have a steak to offer and she wouldn't care! Thx for your input.
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I have seen alot of episodes of this. Very irritating. Rome won't bark at al unless you tell him "Talk". When I had my other Yorkie Bentley I would have fam/friends ring my door bell once he barked I grabbed his leash and.followed him to a queite room and when he stopped barking ill bring him back to the room and I repeated these steps everyday for like 3months & he started gettin better I a lk so used raw carrots, I think its best. Good luck I hope I was a little bit of help!
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So good to see a barking post again, Yoshi and Miss Priss are both barkers and I need to do something before I lose my mind.
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I use an empty clean can and put coins in it or something that will make noise and when they bark I shake the can and it catches their attention and stops them from barking ... Jasper isn't like that yet but the yorkie we are baby sitting is and it works for him
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I POUND ON A METAL KETTLE COVER WITH A METAL SPOON AND WHEN SHE'S BARKING AT THE DOOR, IT DOESN'T PHASE HER! READY TO PULL MY HAIR OUT. I HAVE TO HOLD HER WHEN THE DOORBELL RINGS BECAUSE ONCE I DIDN'T AND SHE STRADDLED THE GUYS LEG. SHES OUT OF CONTROL, OTHERWISE AN ABSOLUTE PRINCESS.
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Tibbe barks and barks when the doorbell rings but I want him to. The police told my sister after a break-in she had that a barking dog of any size is a good burglary deterrant as some of the people who come by the house to leave leaflets or for signatures for phony causes or something any reason - can deter them from returning another time to rob. So I let Tibbe bark his head off and then tell him "Quiet" just B4 opening the door. I trained him to bark on command for treats and then taught him to quieten on command for treats.

So he barks like a maniac until I tell him quiet and then he sits or lays down in his appointed spot while I open the door. He does tend to cheat lately and unches toward the door but that's because I stopped reinforcing his down/stay training when someone is at the door and we need some refresher courses. If you train your dog consistently and keep reinforcing the training in the areas that require it - and keep it happy and positive, a rewarding experience and you are his leader, he will respond and mind you 98% of the time and have an area or two that will likely have some consistent response failures if you are not always training in some form or fashion. For instance, Tibbe learned "Leave it/Drop it" and does is every single time - never fails to respond to that. He learned sit, lie down, rollover, sit up beg, etc., and he never fails to do those every time properly. He won't door dart. But unching toward the door when someone is there - that is a weakness for him and I need to always reinforce his training in that area. Sounds like your baby is a barker and once the teaching is done and he's learned to stop the barking and the problem resurfaces, start reinforcing that training and you'll have success again.

When teaching Tibbe not to bark, the noisey cans or clapping horns or things like that didn't work for him but telling him "quiet" and giving him a nice treat did. He learned to shut right up for the nice treat. I just used his usual kibble for treats but kept it in a special tupperware container that had some pieces of beef jerky in it to stink it up really good. He'll do anything to get a treat! Even stay quiet! So, now when someone is at the door and he's quieted after being told to, when the visitor leaves, I still give him a treat for being a quiet boy.
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Please don't ever use a shock collar for barking or anything it is to much for a small dog and in my opinion mean. Have you tried a squirt bottle? You may just have to get or talk to a trainer.
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She's too small for a shock collar. I used the collar with the noise sensor, but that didn't work. I used JUST a sensor that you aim and it has this frequency that apparently they don't like. A human cannot hear it. THAT didn't work. I tried a squirt bottle! Guess she just likes to bark.
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This is a great story, thanks for sharing!

Autumn knows the command NO BARK......it always works with the exception of the doorbell ringing! She simply hates it. She's not stupid. She's extremely intelligent, but she just won't listen. Even if they knock and not use the bell. She goes ballistic.
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This is a great story, thanks for sharing!

Autumn knows the command NO BARK......it always works with the exception of the doorbell ringing! She simply hates it. She's not stupid. She's extremely intelligent, but she just won't listen. Even if they knock and not use the bell. She goes ballistic.
She just hasn't had enough training in not barking when it sounds. Desensitize her to it with someone helping you outside(or stand in the door and sound the doorbell yourself) and just work with her over and over. You will have taught her "quiet" and a treat/praise/big smile for sustained quiet. When she barks, you either take her from the room on the leash every single solitary time or you say "uh oh" matter of factly, turn your back to her and she doesn't get a treat. Eventually, she learns that quiet = warm, fresh boiled chicken/happy momma - and barking = zilch and momma's back turned or schlepped from the room. It works when you have really trained her enough. You just do it for 5 minutes at a time over and over and over in the evenings and several times weekends until she learns it. Keep it short, simple and FUN! It's simple to do but hard to keep it up until actual training takes place. That is how you train - it's fun if you concentrate on the positive rewards of a learning dog who is well-behave when the doorbell rings. And she will get it IF you train enough.
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