Maltese Dogs Forum : Spoiled Maltese Forums banner

How do you prevent barking in puppy?

1897 Views 11 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  Nikki's Mom
Our last dog was totally deaf when we rescued him---so Kitzel's little, high pitched bark is starting to develop---maybe because it is getting more exercise!
Do you have any "tricks" that quiet your pup?
1 - 1 of 12 Posts
no tricks, just hard, consistent work. i recommend desensitizing your dog to sounds that could trigger barking (or fear for that matter), such as the doorbell, vaccum, fireworks, etc. - a Sound Socialization CD is very useful for this. also, you have to be mindful of NOT reinforcing the barking. so if the dog is barking for your attention, ignore her. finally, its helpful to teach some basic manners (recall, sit, down, etc.) and redirect your pup when she starts barking. i use a recall when mine start running outside to bark at passersby. hth!

Yes, this, and redirecting too. When your dog barks, redirect its attention to a treat or a toy. Pretty soon every time it hears a noise, it will limit its barks, in favor of the treat, and it will soon be a non issue.
1 - 1 of 12 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.