My dogs barking issue

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My dogs barking issue
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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 12:18am

I am new to this forum, so I hope I am posting in the right section.  I have a 2 year old dog named Coco, he's a bishonpoo.  I absoluately love him, but the problem is his barking.  When someone is at the door, he barks not only loud, but continuous.  He keeps barking and won't stop.  We've tried numerous ways like spray him with water, stop command, and even looked on youtube for ideas.  But they doesn't work.  Not only that, but he's very stubborn, and won't listen the first time when told.  If I take him outside before someone knocks the door, greets the person, then he's fine.  Just going to the door and knocking.  Even if we go to the door, he starts barking, just to get ready.  He also thinks he's a watch dog.  I am worried because we're moving to an apartment, and don't know how he'll react.  I don't want to resort giving him up or getting kicked out of the apartment.  Any suggestions or advice would really help.  

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Registered: 10-16-2002
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 3:20pm

Welcome to the board! Knocking on the door sets my dogs off, too, but once someone comes in we're able to get them to calm down. If you're moving into a large apartment building, this may actually become less of an issue because you probably won't get very many people knocking on your actual door.

Is he food-motivated? If so, perhaps try some training where one of you knocks on the door and the other is inside with a treat, you give the command to stop and tempt him with the treat, but he doesn't get it until he's quiet. Then repeat over and over. Basically you're trying to replace one learned behavior with a new one. The key is to get him distracted and interested in something else so he's not hyper focused on his barking.

If necessary, you could probably find a behaviorist in your area who could come over and work with you one-on-one before you move to help with strategies, too.

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 2:57pm

Hi marycv and Welcome to the Board.  Yes....I know how annoying a barking dog can be.  My beloved dal, ^Samantha^ would start barking and just never seem to stop.

Here is an article that may give you some ideas:

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/how_to_stop_barking.html

One thing you could also try is working on a good sit/stay.  Once your dog starts barking put him in a "sit" and if he starts barking tell him "don't bark!".  Once he stops, then reward him in some way.  This way he'll know that being quiet correct way to act.

Good luck and please continue to keep us updated.

 

Laura