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    hi everyone

    Toffee has found her protective side now. She is barking at people that walk past, joggers etc Which is great cause she is letting me know someone/thing is out there but the problem i have she doesnt stop........they could be in the next suburb and she is still running along the fence barking at nothing. I have tried praising her and then telling her to go inside = fail, I then tried using treats = fail......I dont know what to do next How do I stop this before it get out of control????

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    I can think of two ways to go about this. 1. Teach your dog to bark on command. This should then restrict it to one short bark. I'm no expert on this as I've only had non-barking dogs. 2. Teach her to ignore passers by by using the 'Look at that' method. Do a search here or on youtube to find out how.

    I also saw Kikopup has a 2-part tutorial on barking dogs, but have not been able to watch it as I am at work: Dog Training- How to train your dog not to bark- Episode 1 - YouTube I'm sure she also has one on LAT. Her video tutorials are very easy to follow. And her dogs are all adorable. Not that I'll ever get Banjo quite to that level or responsiveness, but one can try.

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    Beloz your a champ(again). Im going to watch those.....Im going to take the computer home and get the hubby to watch it as well. Thank you

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    I have tried praising her and then telling her to go inside = fail,
    Not surprised about this one. What are you praising her for? What do you want to encourage - not the fence running.

    What I do is "Oi" or "whatyadoing" - in an alert gimme attention tone but not a scolding tone if that makes sense. If she stops what she's doing I call her to me and praise and go inside with her. I don't want to be praising or rewarding the fence running and barking. If she doesn't stop - I go get her. I usually put a collar on, or grab it if she's wearing one and just stand there being boring until she calms down a bit and then I praise her and encourage her inside.

    I then tried using treats = fail......
    Treats aren't going to work if what ever it is she's doing is more exciting, plus first you need to stop or interrupt what she's doing or you're just rewarding and encouraging her to do what you want her to not-do.

    So for something that is fun of itself eg barking and fence running, first you have to interrupt it by way of distraction or by getting hold of the dog or blocking it so it can't keep going, then you need to get your dog's attention and ask for some other behaviour like a sit/down/ go inside - which you can reward.

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    I reward her for letting me know someone/something is there........
    I go to her everytime she starts barking and i try to get her attention but she ignores me and i end up chasing her around the yard.....which i dont want to start either.....i dont like that game......i have sooo much to learn
    thank you hyacinth

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    I would forget about trying to enforce her 'watch dog' behaviour. Most dogs will bark if they notice any suspicious activity without being taught, even those that don't normally bark. So I would just concentrate on getting her to stop her excessive barking now and she'll probably still warn you when it's really necessary without you actively trying to encourage that, if that makes sense.

    Or in other words, keep it simple! I have been in situations where I tried to complicate things too much and ended up just confusing both myself and the dog. If she barks, walk over to her calmly without speaking or making eye contact and take her away from the distraction. And then do some desensitisation training when you are both in the right head space for it.

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    That makes soooo much sense beloz
    I want her to have the best up bringing, I think I have been over thinking a lot of things.............

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    Those videos are AWESOME! I just ordered a clicker from ebay
    This will solve many problems for us I think. It will be super hard work with Hooch to stop him barking at the door or at other dogs but it seems easy on the video so that's good motivation!
    Thank you so much Beloz and everyone else!

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    Kikkopup is a great trainer and it always amazes me how much time she has given for free to help people. If you subscribe to her you get almost daily videos on just about everything you can imagine
    Pets are forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    Those videos are AWESOME! I just ordered a clicker from ebay
    This will solve many problems for us I think. It will be super hard work with Hooch to stop him barking at the door or at other dogs but it seems easy on the video so that's good motivation!
    Thank you so much Beloz and everyone else!
    I love the clicker, BG. I've only done it with Banjo, so not sure if all dogs react the same to it. But she will now almost automatically sit and pay attention to me if she just sees me get the clicker at home. Maybe it is also because I now only use it for the more intensive training, like 'Look at That' and that means LOTS of treats. And she probably thinks they are ridiculously easy to get because all she has to do usually is sit on her big fat bum and look at me.

    I must say that I think I give my dog way too many treats during training in general. And also for behaviours for which I probably should've phased out the treats a long time ago. But I don't really care. Better that than having an out of control dog. I'll get on to phasing out the treats one day...

    And I think Kikopup is fantastic too. And she does make it look so easy. There is one video in which she is talking about achieving the perfect stay while she effortless lures her dog into sit, lie down, stand in one fluent movement about 20 times in a row. It looks like the dog is a puppet. I will most definitely never be as fluent in dog communication as she is.

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