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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-26-2018, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Whining and barking at me -what does she want?

Hello, Maggie is my 2nd GSD and 9 months old. She spent 2 months with an excellent trainer and I am continuing her training with good results. About a month ago she occasionally started whining then barking at me usually in the evening after her dinner and walk. It has now become an every day several times a day occurance and she seems agitated more and more. I work at home and take her out several times a day for play/training. We have 5 fenced acres to to roam. She is good with people and other dogs. This really has me baffled as tonight it scared me enough that I crated her 2 hours before bed time because she wouldn’t stop and seemed to be getting angrier by the minute. I’ve learmed so much from these forums over the years I’d appreciate any input.
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Have you asked the trainer what might be causing the behavior and how to go about correcting it?

My best guess would be to use the place command to send her to a rug or dog bed where she stays till you release her.

If she wears a prong collar for training I’d keep the prong and leash on her in the house and when she starts her barking routine I’d give her a leash correction with a stern, No and tell her down and if she gets back up correct her and return her to her place.

She’s still so young. Probably flexing her muscles, wanting to be boss : )
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Time that you become the trainer as she is training you.
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Have you asked the trainer what might be causing the behavior and
how to go about correcting it?

My best guess would be to use the place command to send her to a rug or dog bed where she stays till you release her.

If she wears a prong collar for training I’d keep the prong and leash on her in the house and when she starts her barking routine I’d give her a leash correction with a stern, No and tell her down and if she gets back up correct her and return her to her place.

She’s still so young. Probably flexing her muscles, wanting to be boss : )
That’s Just my 2 cents...

Your trainer will know best.

I plan to call my trainer tomorrow but yours sounds like good advice as well. Yes have her on prong collar
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Time that you become the trainer as she is training you.
Not really sure what you mean. She seems to understand that I’m the trainer in every other way. I’ve been ignoring the behavior and not taking her out to play or giving her treats. It’s just getting hard to ignore. Can you give me a suggestion?
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Teach the Enough command (quiet or whatever) then reinforce when she rudely barks at you like Findlay says
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I like the advice you've gotten so far and would just like to suggest a different way to understand what might be happening. She may not be getting enough physical/mental exercise and wants to engage you in more activity. If that's what's going on, the increased barking may be her frustration in getting you to understand what she wants. I agree that it's important that dogs have an "off" switch and equally important that you teach her what it means (crating helps), but I also think it's important for us to understand that whining/barking are communication attempts and that not all of those attempts are bad/aggressive etc. Maybe integrate some nosework games for 15 minutes or so in the evenings to work her mind?

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I like the advice you've gotten so far and would just like to suggest a different way to understand what ight be happening. She may not be getting enough physical/mental exercise and wants to engage you in more activity. If that's what's going on, the increased barking may be her frustration in getting you to understand what she wants. I agree that it's important that dogs have an "off" switch and equally important that you teach her what it means (crating helps), but I also think it's important for us to understand that whining/barking are communication attempts and that not all of those attempts are bad/aggressive etc. Maybe integrate some nosework games for 15 minutes or so in the evenings to work her mind?

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Thank you, I’m thinking you are right but I’ve been hesitant to take her out to play as I’m afraid that message let’s her know her whining/barking worked. So are you saying try and head off the behavior before it starts? There are times in the afternoon when I’m working and just can’t stop and play because she wants to. I’ll try and give her longer play times and more throughout the day so she doesn’t feel the need to demand attention. Not sure what nosework games are but will do a search.

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Teach the Enough command (quiet or whatever) then reinforce when she rudely barks at you like Findlay says [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
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Yeah, you don't correct that behavior you listen to your puppy and understand what she's telling you! She's obviously telling you that she needs more engagement or exercise or something! Please don't just take the attitude that you need to train her out of this...dogs are not machines, they are sentient beings with feelings and thoughts. She's trying to communicate that something isn't right! Find out what that is through careful observation and change it for her!
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