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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-11-2010, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Such a loud mouth while training.. any tips?

Lucy is a big time loud mouth. The day I brought her home, within the first hour I said, wow is this dog a talker. I was spot on with that observation. She's an extremely vocal dog to say the least and always has been.

When training, she listens to my commands, but is barking the entire time. I say sit and she immediately sits, but BARK BARK BARK. Not the intimidating bark, but an excited bark... i'm sure you know what i'm talking about.

Anyone else deal with this? Any tips on how to curb some of the barking, so it's just a simple sit or down without all the noise?
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Sorry, I don't have a cure, but that is such a familiar complaint! I had one that barked constantly when we played fetch with her-I used to wish she'd get laryngitis! LOL!
Our new adoptee, Jaeger, is kind of a barker, but not quite to that extent. However, when he wants to play, he starts barking at you and I haven't figured out how to stop that yet. But, reason for my post, is yesterday, he was barking at DH, and DH started saying loudly to Jaeger as he was barking, NO,NO,NO,NO,NO, in a kind of singsong voice, at the same sound level-stopped when Jaeger stopped barking. When Jaeger started barking again, DH would do the same thing. I think it confused him! He ended up stopping barking. It really sounded funny to me- I was in the other room doing chores-
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LOL, when you figure it our let me know! All of my dogs have been talkers but not barking. How do I explain, we called it woo woo. Max on the other and barks when he wants to play or just to chat at ya. Its that high pitched bark bark and the whole time he moves his head around like he is telling a story. It is actually very funny

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Yeah, we have one of those. And you're right, it comes from an excess of excitement and energy. And generally speaking, when they are barking and carrying on like that it's usually harder for them to think clearly. You'll probably never totally get rid of it totally...but teaching her a quiet command, and being sure you NEVER reward the barking when she's training can help to minimize it. Try and get some of her energy out before you train, train with less motivating food (maybe just her kibble), and try not to be too exciting yourself- give commands in a calm even voice and try to make your body posture flat as well.

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Minna does this same thing!! Not all the time, but sometimes. She's pretty good with a "quiet" command though. But she'll still get excited and bark about things; she was doing it this morning while we trained a little -- I'm really hoping she doesn't do it tonight at puppy class. lol


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Maybe you can try a very very very long down.

She has to stop barking eventually. As soon as she stops for at least several seconds and she appears calm, reward her generously.
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