Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: "Deep" barking vs. prey drive barking
I did some threat/alert bark training with Teagan before she was put down, and I agree with what Chris has posted.
I'm assuming you want to train an alert bark?
Teagan loved doing it. She had a ball, even though it was serious work for her.
I know of people who have trained alert barking on their own, but I'd recommend doing it with an experienced trainer. They can set up situations properly to bring out the dog's drives (defence or fight) and help you learn what to do as well. In terms of the serious bark, Teagan was generally an excited, high-pitched barker at home, but when we were working, she was deep and serious. I don't think I could've brought that out on my own.
We used a 'watch' command and worked her in a treed area as well as in the car.
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