Ok, so my Eskie barks at ppl that come into the house or if they walk by. I know thats pretty common, but I've read that they should at least stop barking if their owner says its ok and calm down. But I don't really know how to "train" her to do that. I guess I could shake pennys or make a loud noise and tell her to "BE QUIET", would that help ?? Any advice would be appretiated. She usually calms down after a while but it really bugs my parents :P lol
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Barking once or twice is somewhat of a normal alarm or sorts, but continuous barking is a symptom of something else, fear, anxieties, and in some cases the dog started off with small barks, it was the owner that over reacted or gave them some type of attention for it. Weather it was good attention or bad it doesn't matter, dogs don't understand "No" or "Shhh" or what punishment is or what it is for, to us. There is no "good" and "bad" behavior, just behavior, if the behavior gets some type of attention, they will probly do it again. The best course of action is to start socializing him on a regular basis, with lots of strangers useing food rewards. The key here is strange people and associating them with food. Also limit any visuals in the house of people approaching outside, so cover up windows or keep the dog away. Take some time to associate people approaching and food while out on walks, catch someone in the distance on the sidewalk comeing towards you. The pup should be able to see them comeing. As the person gets closer give small treats (pea size) the closer they get the bigger the treats. Ask the stranger to hand a treat to the puppy when they get to you. If the puppy starts to bark at the person stop giveing treats, just ignore them, and wait, reward if they are quiet. Upping the dogs exercise routine will help greatly, I always say a tired dog is a happy dog. Also, NEVER, tether your dog outside, a social dog gets fustrated on a tether, barking follows, then in some cases aggression soon develops. Which would be the opposite of what we want. Keep a spot in the house, like a dog bed for him, where he chews his bones, kongs, tricky treat balls, praise him for showing interest in these items. If in the house, he does start to bark, walk away, say nothing. But if he is quiet, tell him hes being good.
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