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    Default How to stop barking?

    Pip is not usually too bad, she only barks when she gets over excited, but today she is driving me nuts.

    She has been barking at the cats, a lot. Barking at nothing, even more. Mostly its a frustration bark, but for the life of me I can't work out what her problem is. Her routine has been pretty much the same, walk in the morning, free run of the house while I work (at home), some play time with me in the garden, probably 10 mins every few hours, games in the house. She has toys which she plays by herself, she has space to go for quiet time.

    Once she starts barking, she won't stop - what ever we do - I never yell or raise my voice to her (though I did once today, it stopped her for a bit, through pure shock)

    We don't allow her on the couch or the bed, but despite being ignored or put back on the floor with out any attention and praised and treated when she is on her own bed, she still constantly tries to get up. She is not getting the hint - clearly I'm not communicating with her properly. We have started clicker training, but unless I'm sitting on the floor waving sausages in her face, she isn't interested.

    Chasing the cats has become a game - one I need to stop - the cat runs, Pip chases, cat jumps up high, Pip barks her head off until I break it up.

    Grrrr - someone remind me, why did I want a puppy, again?

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    Oh and I also have some issues when we go for a walk - she cowers and pulls back as if she doesn't want to go, then walks normally for a few paces, then pulls back. When we get to the park and I take off the leash, she is fine, happy and confident. On the way back she is fine.

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    GOLLY Sounds a lot like my puppy! She does discovered her barker and is driving me nuts too.

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    My pup loves the cat, I don't think the cat returns the love though. If the cat appears dex just runs at him and bites at the fur around his face and kinda jumps at him as he's walking constantly harassing him, the cat gets fed up and either jumps up high, swats him or bolts and dex will chase if he runs. I'm trying to work on calm behavior around the cat, not run after him to play every time you see him. To do this I'm putting him on lead, sitting down with treats and a clicker and working on building attention on me and rewarding him every time he chooses to ignore the cat and look at me instead and just doing general training while the cat is walking around. Hopefully this will start to work. I also use "leave it" while he's not on lead as he tends to respond to that well. Good luck! Though my guy tends to only bark when over excited or unsure, or frustrated.

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    This is the sort of stuff that LAT or BAT - Look At That - Control Unleashed by Lesley McDevitt addresses.

    Newfsie refers to something called BAT - or Behaviour Adjustment Training.

    Ie tell dog to Look at That - eg the Cat and say yes (or click), and reward. Reward when looking back at you is good.

    What I do when my dog is barking at nothing in particular - is go get her - put a collar on if necessary. Sometimes I just hold her in one place until she calms down and then I give her a pat, praise and let her go. Sometimes I put a lead on and bring her inside or away from what she's barking at. If we're out, and she's in the crate - I cover the crate so she can't see out. And I only open it or let her out, when she stops barking.

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