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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-06-2018, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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How to stop barking at guests (with me present)

5 months old girl in training. If somebody comes into our garden/house she will start barking and gets into trans state. When she is completely focused on that person and is barking. You can't get her attention by voice or treats.

I went through first few pages of Google results but nothing helpful.

- I don't require her to be friend with strangers (eg. be petted or be fed treats by whoever comes to our garden)
- Even barking at strangers on our property is maybe OK. But once I'm there and take over situation I want her to back off and stop barking.

My attemps failing at the point, where I can't get her attention. Even if I crouch infront of her she we will squize around me to see stranger and can continue barking. She will usually stops after like 2 minutes (2 minutes of telling her to stop, praise her for quiet moments or 2 minutes of ignoring her). But it doesn't improve - 2 minutes every time. It's not like she would be learning anything. So it always ends up with me lifting her and removing her into another room, cause mailman doesn't have 2 minutes.. .

This is not question about her - it is about me. How should I react? How to let her know that I acknowledged that threat and I will deal with it without her futher assistance?
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I just want to add - she is not bad or aggressive dog.

She's just 'barky' when stranger is in our territory.
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I wrote you a fairly descriptive approach to this issue, but it got lost. Rather than me repeating it, why don't describe how you think you might deal with these behaviors and what you eventually goal would be.
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If you are talking about guests coming in she should be leashed or crated until she settles down.
I teach my dogs that once I say "I got this" all noise stops, now. Failure to do so results in being removed to crate or my bedroom.
I allow Shadow to bark at the back fence if there is a person in the alley, because I live in a crappy area and I cannot see behind my garage. Drug deals and stuff. Usually she barks a few times and comes to get me. She shows me I tell her I got this and tell the folks lurking to move along.
In the house, no barking at all unless the situation changes from welcome to unwelcome.

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Goal: if somebody comes to our doors, she can bark. Once I get there and say 'thank you, quiet' she will lose interest in that person/stop barking/ goes back to her usual business.

I tried telling her 'quiet' and whenever she would take pause in barking I would praise that. If she refused to pay attention to me, I would gently grab her by skin on the back of her neck to turn her to me/turn her head to look at me; told her quiet... .
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If you are talking about guests coming in she should be leashed or crated until she settles down.
I teach my dogs that once I say "I got this" all noise stops, now. Failure to do so results in being removed to crate or my bedroom.
I allow Shadow to bark at the back fence if there is a person in the alley, because I live in a crappy area and I cannot see behind my garage. Drug deals and stuff. Usually she barks a few times and comes to get me. She shows me I tell her I got this and tell the folks lurking to move along.
In the house, no barking at all unless the situation changes from welcome to unwelcome.
If I just crate her, how she will learn 'i got this' command?
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Sounds like the have the general idea. I would use a prong collar correctly fitted and some treats with you whenever you know someone is coming over. Do what you have been doing and if she gives you the finger, give her a quick pop on the collar and tell her sit and quiet. If she complies, praise, pet and feed. Then give a release command. The crate limits what she can learn. Also never leave a dog unattended wearing a collar.
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If I just crate her, how she will learn 'i got this' command?
You leash her give her the command and if she doesn't comply you remove her.
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