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Barking Blues

My yellow lab’s barking is too much! How do I train her to alert us to activity with a bark, but not an ongoing one!


Hi Carolyn,

While we all want our dogs to bark to alert us of someone or something, as you indicated, that is one reason why we might have a dog as a companion. However, we also need to teach them to be “Quiet” when we ask them to.

With reference to barking, I have a three strike rule, I will ask my dog to “Quiet” two times, and if they don’t get quiet by the second request, I make sure I remove the dog from the situation or use other tools in my “toolbox” to help with getting the dog to be “Quiet”.

It is also important for me to know when is the dog barking? (i.e. – when the doorbell rings, outside in the fenced yard, out on a walk, etc.)

In order for me to better respond to the question, as barking is a training opportunity, please give me a call and I would be happy to help further with this behavioral issue.

Tina McCain

MerryMac Dog Training & Nutrition Center
Sprayberry Square Shopping Center
2550 Sandy Plains Road NE, Suite 365
Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: 770-579-3865

Sat, May 1 2010 » Ask the Expert, Training

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Molly Molly

I am a three year old German Shepherd from South Georgia.  I don’t really have a favorite toy because my favorite things are sleeping and getting petted on the head. Although if I do get up some energy I will admit that I love getting into the trash to look for napkins.

My brother Teddy is lots of fun to play with, plus he usually takes the blame for my chewing.  I really like him for that!  I love to bark a lot; sometimes my humans do not appreciate that so much.  I am SUPER special because I am a white German Shepherd and that is not so common I hear.

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