Click and treat when the dog stops barking and add the cue you want to you use when it is happeningisrael;722 said:Hi! Israel here, Shani the labradoodle's mum. Any useful hints for stopping barking on command?
Sorry I do not see the need for squirting your dog Period.:msnsad:emmasmamma;3288 said:In Tamar Gellar's book "The Loved Dog", she has a chapter on barking. Tamar advocates a "playful and non-agressive way to teach your dog good behavior". The method she gave was to get a spray bottle that can adjust the flow to a stream. When the dog barks you spray him/her with the water, thus giving them a negative asssociation with barking. When they stop barking because of the surprise, you then tell them a cue word such as shush or quiet while putting your finger to your lips (typical signal for quiet) and give them a treat, thus giving them a positive association with being quiet. We live along a busy highway and have a lot of traffic slow outside our house due to people turning off, and this has been effective with my toy poodle even after just a couple of squirts, she was barking less and softer.