After a dog adoption in National City, one of the issues you may have to deal with is controlling when he barks. When not trained and socialized properly, your dog might be a nuisance when he barks at virtually everything. The good news is that there is a solution.
Before you start
The first thing you need to do before you start training your dog to be quiet and when to speak is a couple of healthy and delicious dog treats. If your dog has a favorite toy you can use it in place of the treats. Remember that dogs are not like humans and you will have to reward him immediately in order for the action to be worth it. Small chicken pieces, liver treats and similar treats work great when training your dog. You also need barking stimulus like someone knocking on the door or a doorbell.
If you feel your puppy has been barking uncontrollably since the puppy adoption, it is good to visit your vet first. If the cause of the barking is due to a health problem you will not be able to get rid of it with training.
Training him to be quiet
After a dog rescue in National City it is always important to start with the quiet cue before proceeding to the bark cue. Yes it is possible to teach the two cues together but it works best to teach him one cue at a time. For the quiet cue you need to select simple words for the quiet command. The words should be easy to remember and to use consistently. You can go with ‘hush’, ‘quiet’ or ‘enough’.
- Create a situation that causes the dog to bark. A knock on the door or the ringing of the doorbell may trigger the bark. Alternatively you can get your dog excited so that he starts barking. Seeing another dog can cause him to bark.
- Acknowledge the bark by checking the source. You can look out the window or the door. Go back to the dog and get his attention by holding up his treat. Give the dog the treat when he stops barking.
- You need to repeat this and wait longer periods of silence before giving him the treat.
- When he remains quiet for several times, you can now add your selected cue word in a firm, audible and upbeat voice while still holding his reward.
- Practice frequently but keep the training sessions brief.
Training him to speak
Your bark command should also be easy to remember and to use consistently. Great cue commands are ‘speak’, ‘bark’, or ‘talk’. The word you select shouldn’t sound like the name of your dog or another cue word.
- Start by causing him to bark naturally then say the cue word in a clear and upbeat voice.
- Praise him with a toy or treat.
- Repeat the process multiple times until he understands.
Once he understands the quiet and speak commands you can use them together. The key, however, is to start training him early, right after a puppy rescue.