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November 13, 2012
Nov 13, 2012 Issue #40 Published by Sue Skiff
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A NOTE FROM SUE
A NOTE FROM SUEHi!
I hope that this finds all of you doing well; and staying warm and dry. Today's edition is another that has two related articles. It was prompted by my caring for a dog that barks a lot a couple of weeks ago. The first article is on how to curb barking. The second article teaches you how to train your dog to "Speak." I hope that you enjoy them!
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH A BARKING DOGDogs that bark excessively can be a real problem for their guardians. Not only do the owners have to deal with the noise, but there can be legal problems, as well, if neighbors complain about it. Here are some tips to try for teaching your dog not to bark.
TIP 1: TEACH YOUR DOG TO “SPEAK” ON COMMAND
Yes, you read that right. Teach your dog to speak on command. By doing this, you can reinforce your dog when it barks on command. Then, when your dog barks without a command, the lack of reinforcement will make barking just for the sake of barking less appealing. I once had some clientsI once had some clients who successfully used this technique on their beagle. Nothing that they had tried previously had worked, but once they taught him speak, he totally stopped barking inappropriately.
TIP2: TEACH YOUR DOG “QUIET”
Teach your dog to stop barking when you say “quiet.” That way you can allow your dog to bark a little in warning, then tell it to stop, and reinforce it. Teaching “quiet” is effective for getting a dog to stop barking, but generally is not enough to keep your dog from barking excessively. So, use “quiet” in combination with other tips you find here.
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DOG TO BARK ON COMMANDLast week, I was pet sitting at a house with a barking dog. I was sorely tempted to teach the dog the “Speak” command. Why? It can be a great way to cure excessive barking. Once the dog starts getting reinforced for barking on command, and at the same time experiences that it gets no reinforcement for barking on its own, it may decide that it would rather bark when told to than it would when not told to. It actually works quite well. I have had clients who used this method, and only this method, to stop their dog from excessive barking.
Even if your dog doesn’t bark excessively, the “speak” command could be something that you would like to teach. “Speak” was one of the first commands that I taught to Emma, as she liked to bark a little too much. I can’t tell you how many people have been totally amused by the fact that Emma knows this trick. My old land lady used to love to tell Emma to speak. I have found that it’s a great way to show off my dog. People love it. Who knows, if you teach it to your dog, you might even find it amusing. Read the rest of this article
ABOUT SILVER LINING PET SERVICESSilver Lining Pet Services is the business owned by Sue Skiff. It provides both dog training and pet sitting services.
If you own a dog, then look to Sue to alleviate any fears and frustrations that you have over your dog's behavior. Sue will come to your home, and set up a training program that is customized to your, and your dog's, needs. You can even have Sue do the training for you, in your home, while you go about your business. If you don't live within Sue's service area, you can contact Sue about setting up a Skype, or phone, appointment.
The first 15 minutes are free
As for pet sitting services, Silver Lining Pet Services endeavors to give traveling pet owners peace of mind that their pets will be well cared for while they are away.
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