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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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How do we stop him from barking?

Our GSD is 5 months old and likes to bark. A lot. When he's at the dog park he barks at the other dogs, or if we're sitting outside and he sees another dog he'll bark at it (if we take him to PetSmart too, he goes nuts barking). It's not really an aggressive bark, he just does it when he's excited or wants to play, but it sounds aggressive and people don't like it (especially at the dog park, until they realize he's just a puppy and doesn't really want to eat their dog).

How can we stop this behavior?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 09:01 PM
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You could try teaching the speak command first, then quiet. What worked for me, was to have the pup sit - stand in front of him - blocking his view - and have him focus on the treat - the second he was quiet he got the treat. It also helps to put your hand gently over the top of his nose which has a quieting effect.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 03:30 AM
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Dogs bark because they are dogs, they bark to alert to danger or for attention. Anyway, I have some tips for you to stop your dog to bark and follow they are:
Teach your dog to speak on cue
Change your routine
Teach your dog an alternative behavior
Recognize barking patterns
Ask yourself what you may be doing that contributes to your dog’s barking
Use barriers
Stop putting your dog in situations where they feel the need to bark
Do morning exercise with your dog
Training, training, training -this includes desensitization
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 09:19 PM
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Give him a firm no. Praise and treat him when he stops.
Or redirect him when he does it.
Only natural for a pup at that age.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 11:42 PM
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If you teach him a bark command it is easy to teach him a no bark command imo
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