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    Post Barking Help!!!!

    i have my first puppy, 7 month old Lilah, a Maltese Shih tzu.

    she is such a gorgeous little puppy!
    she can sit, stay, drop and roll over! but she barks ALOT and im not exactly sure how to teach her barking is a no no

    any suggestions or tips?
    thanks!

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    I know very little about training.

    The one thing I have been taught about barking dogs is that you should teach them to speak on command.

    They learn that barking when you ask gets them treats, barking when not asked gets them nothing. Or gets them put in the laundry or crate or some sort of punishment.

    Goodluck thou!
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    thanks for your reply! she gets put in the laundry and told no when she doesnt stop barking and after she calms down i put her outside for a play and if she doesnt bark she gets praised, it is more annoying at night, sometimes i have to get up 3 times *yawns*!!

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    Does she sleep inside or outside? Does she bark at sounds or just for no apparent reason?

    I thought I'd just ask some questions to help others answer the question - I cannot stand barking so a quiet dog was also at the top of my priority list when I got my rescue dogs.

    I have read often though that you should not yell at dogs that bark because to them any attention is better than no attention - bit like with toddlers throwing tantrums. But others will be much better placed to elaborate on that.

    And your dog sounds like a pretty clever cookie being able to do all that at 7 months. Well done!

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    she is my first puppy so im still learning stuff about her, i had her sitting staying dropping and rolling over within the first few weeks of having her!

    she sleeps in the laundry, has her little bed and all set up in there, but has a doggy door in there so she can go out to the toilet, im not too sure with the barking at things, i think she is barking at the dog next door, its too hard to see if the dog next door is out or in as the fence is so high but she runs along that side barking towards the fence

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    Have a look back through the threads or do a search and you will find many threads on this topic with great ideas.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    If she's barking for your attention, the key is to ignore. You said you often have to get up in the middle of the night to stop her from barking. She's probably now doing it for the simple fact that she knows barking gets a her a visit from you.

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    At 7 month she has set a pattern...you will have to ignore her and she will get a lot worse before she get better (extinction burst), If she barks while you are there you might be able to give her a quick squirt of water as a reprimand. No pain, just shock value. Unless they are a newfie and think that a squirt of water is a hoot and bark to get squirted.
    Some people do train their dogs to bark on command, but that one can back-fire. the putting in the "sin-bin" when barking is also a good idea. I have found though that the squirt of water with little dogs works well. But timing is important, the instant there is a bark, squirt........And reward quiet. So if the puppy is sitting/lying somewhere quiet, walk up and say "good quiet" and reward. So many people forget to reward their dogs when they are just being good.
    Pets are forever

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    i dont think she barks for attention, she gets her excited bark when she comes inside with me but that lasts only about a minute, then i make her sit then she is free to run around like the crazy puppy she is!

    her other bark is like she is barking at something which i think is net doors dog but i will try the water thing and ignoring her when she barks, she always get cuddles and scratches and treats when she is being good

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    I think you need to identify the cause of her barking, if she seeks attention then you need to totally ignore her.

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