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    Default Barking Help!

    What is the best way to stop barking?
    Like when we are on walks if Banj sees another dog/ hears another dog, if he sees a cat, if he sees another person walking.. and especially at training.
    What is the best way to stop his maniac barking? (and then 5 minutes of whining after that)
    I know I am not supposed to pick him up but when it gets really bad/ embarassing I have done it a few times and that seems to be the only thing that stops him.
    Please some suggestions! It is getting more and more unpleasant to take him for walks

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    It sound like he is a bit nervious about these thing sadly you picking him up is just enforcing this
    BUT it can be fixed!
    Dogs have a critical distance. This is the point where a dog goes from just observing what is around it to acting about it. What you need to do is get banjo to the point where he is confortable to just look at what is going on and reward him for not reacting. If he reacts calmly take him away from the stimuli and then try again at a greater distance. If you do this enough you should be able to close the distance between you and the stimuli when banjo is comfortable enough with it and do it all over again.
    If that doesnt make too much sence let me know lol
    good luck!

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    a few things.

    You can teach him "quiet". First you teach him "speak". I've taught my dog "what you say?" which is pretty much guaranteed to shut her up as she concentrates hard on what she needs to do for a treat, which is make a noise, any noise. Usually she makes the smallest noise possible that will get her the treat ie I reward talking quietly. I say "louder" if I want her to talk louder.

    So when banjo is already barking his head off, you say "Speak" and give him a treat. etc. Clicker helps too. Ie click on the bark and give him a treat.

    Then you teach quiet - between barks. For example when he shuts up waiting for you to command him to speak - or to take a breath - tell him "quiet" and click and treat. Your neighbours could probably join in this game. Ie slightly different method, they wait for him to shut up, and toss a treat over the fence, and say "quiet" - in a neutral tone of voice - yelling won't help. Supply your neighbours with a limited number of really good treats for the purpose. Note if they reward the barking - he will bark more so their timing must be excellent.

    Third method - which your neighbours could also use...

    banjo madly barking - jet of water from pump up water pistol or garden sprayer. when he's quiet/distracted, give him a treat and say "quiet". A direct hit should not be necessary. Just close enough for him to go "whats that".

    I dunno if your neighbours would be up for tossing a frozen kong over the fence occasionally? Again - they must get a break from the barking before sending it.
    ie "Quiet" "good dog" kong treat. And it would be important not to score a direct hit from the kong. that would be bad.

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    sounds like you need to enlist the help of some friends, family or neighbours, and practice walking past, get them to help you.

    You could try them tossing a treat as they pass, which if you do as Ash said and find the distance where he is aware of them but not past the point of listening to you either. Ask him to "look" at you then you treat him, ask the helper to toss a treat and keep practicing and don't be afraid to just say to people, "sorry he's a rescue dog and a work in progress".

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    Training and plenty of exercise work much better than any collar. I gave my dogs a dog door into a gated area in the house, as long as they had access into the house they did not bark overly much. Dogs hate being separated from their owner, and being put outside can make that worse.

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    You dont live next door to me do you?

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    Hi Jazz and Banjo.

    I like the suggestions you've received. It can never hurt to teach quiet- but I suspect (like Aashari mentioned) the initial root cause is anxiety or fear. If this has gone on for months, the behavior is self-reinforcing. Internal goodies released (brain chemicals) are acting as partial reinforcers for the behavior.

    I posted some detailed instructions for another reactive dog in the General section. The same instructions apply for your situation.

    It's basically the same method as Aashari already mentioned. Here's my post:
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...us-update.html
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