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Ruthie 09-21-2009 11:26 PM

Fuss question
We have been working on fuss. When I give the command, Bison runs around behind me then sits on my left side. But, he is very "enthusiastic". When I give the command, he barks twice before he gets into position. Is he allowed to do that? If not, how do I get him to stop?

JKlatsky 09-22-2009 08:34 AM

Re: Fuss question
I would discourage it. It became a problem in our dogs as they got older and their drives kept developing and getting higher. If your dog is a natural vocalizer then as you put more drive into your work you will get more noise.

For me, I ended up with a screamer when he would load in the down, and he would vocalize in the motions, and it almost turned into a left side bark and hold with the retrieves. I didn't know what I was doing...and I was glad for the enthusiasm...but I definitely got hit in points because they would have liked to see the exercises "more calm".

I ended up having to rework his attitude in a lot of my basic positions to tone him down...So if you can start to work against it now I would. Don't kill or two barks isn't going to make too much difference...just don't let it escalate.

sleachy 09-22-2009 11:34 AM

Re: Fuss question
If you don't want the dog to escalate, accept NO barking.

I had a problem with my girl barking not during obedience but during herding. You know that old adage...give them an inch, they take a mile!

To solve the problem, whenever she barked (even a lil peep), I said nothing, calmly put the leash back on, and put her away. After 15-20 QUIET minutes in the crate, I brought her back out again. I had to do this a bunch of times but she got the message. Barking during working = fun time ends.

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