Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern California, USA
Re: How do I stop the barking?!
Deni, First things first...the alarm clock. You might have to practice this during other times other than 5AM. Just find a time one day to work on this, and keep setting it for 5 minutes later. Jackpot when he doesn't bark, continue, etc.
Second.....pulling into the driveway. Can you find a way to redirect his energy into something other than barking?? When we come home, Glory also gets very excited. So, we direct her energy into a short game of fetch or tug indoors until she has burned off her "I'm so excited you're home!" energy. So, we walk in the door, tell her to grab a toy if she hasn't already, and we play fetch and tug with her! You will probably have to practice this during times whne you are not actually coming home. For example, find time to work on this.....go outside, get in your car, back up to the end of the driveway, pull forward and park, come inside and REDIRECT her energy with a game, REPEAT....
Third....when you're leaving the house. I have been practicing this with Glory daily. I pretend I am leaving. Go in and out the door, in and out. Differ in the amount of time you are outside and then walk back in. 10 seconds, 5 seconds, 15 seconds, 1 second, etc. Jackpot for behavior that is acceptable to you.
If you are leaving with Gunner, hook him up to lead and go in and out several times, but the 5th or 10th time, he should be "Ok, this is boring, and following you quite nicely."
All of these things will take practice, and they need to be practiced during times OTHER than when you are actually waking up or really coming home or actually going out the door. They need to be PRACTICED. I hope this helps, among the other wonderful advice you have been provided with. Sincerely, Christina (and Glory *woof*)
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Glory, BGSD b. 2/07, rescued (me) 2/9/09