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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2013, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Barking with excitement all the time

Hey I have a 14 week old gsd I have plenty of experience with puppies but this pup barks every time he's excited and happy so jumping out that car...he barks getting out the crate...he barks....going for a walk continuous barking! so far I have ignored it but he has a set of lungs on him and can get quite annoying. Do I tell him NO! My other 10 month pup is so calm they both get plenty of walks an I continuously keep up with obedience training I've never had this problem with any of my other dogs in the past so please help
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He is certainly one happy vocal pup It may help if you teach the speak command first then the quiet command. That way he can bark a bit, and then learns to stop. Also putting your hand gently on the top of his nose can have a quieting effect.

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Puppies bark mad at everything like this when nothing really happens to them in their lives, so, they bark to excite their senses. Long daily walks (3-4 hours a day) and hard training will stop it. No forbidding commands, let him bark at the present time, but be serious, make him obey your other commands. Involve his brain as much as you can daily.
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Who has time for a 3-4 hour walk every day? Especially this time of year, when it's dark by the time many of us get home from work. Also, that's excessive for a 14 week old puppy.

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3-4 hour walk? That is right up there with Cesar Milan saying the schedule to exercise dogs is a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon/evening. That would work if I was unemployed and had no other responsibilities.


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He is certainly one happy vocal pup It may help if you teach the speak command first then the quiet command. That way he can bark a bit, and then learns to stop. Also putting your hand gently on the top of his nose can have a quieting effect.
I will certainly use your advice hopefully it will work


I take my dogs out for 2 hours in the morning running in the forest or some times just sitting on the beach but never the less we are still out of The house. I then take the dogs out separately in the evening to continue leash training I also spend time training basic commads through out the day so the get plenty of exercise
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Puppies bark, Germans can be vocal in general too. My youngest groans, growls, whines, yips and barks all the time. It's almost like shes having a conversation.

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Dogs don't do anything that doesn't work for them. Evidently the barking is rewarded at some point. If he barks when getting out of the car, he may have learned that the barking made him get out of the car. So you have to take away the payoff. If he barks, immediately put him back in the car (don't say anything) so he gets the opposite result of what he wants. Wait until he is quiet and then get him out. repeat as long as needed. This is just an example and you can use this technique for other situations. It is basically asking yourself "What is his payoff for annoying behavior?" and then give him the opposite consequence.
Example: once I was prepping an 8 week old pup's meal on the counter. It took too long according to the little guy and he barked. I immediately picked him up, put him behind a closed door for about 5 seconds. Got him out, fed him. He never did it again his entire life. Undoing a habit takes longer btw.
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