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        01-07-2011, 10:31 PM
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    Green Broke
    Arrow a little dog training...

    Hey guys,
    I'm trying to teach my dog to stop barking and growling at the door. When she just stands there or paws the door I let her out. However when she barks I know all she's going to do outside is bark so I yell at her to come to me. She doesn't always so I just keep on telling her and look her strait in the eyes. When she comes to me is what I'm asking about: When she comes to me I'm not sure if I'm supposed to praise her for coming to me or to scold her. I feel that if I don't praise her she'll think that it's bad to come to me. Also, when she does outside and barks I make her come inside. Is what I'm doing correct? I'm getting SO sick of her barking and making a lot of noise at the door.
    Please give be any tips, thanks!
         
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        01-07-2011, 10:39 PM
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    Green Broke
    What kind of dog is this?
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        01-07-2011, 11:19 PM
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    Yearling
    Your basically rewarding her for doing the behavior you do not want...in turn I think you're not only allowing the barking, you're encouraging it.

    When my dog wants to come inside, I wait until she sits nicely at the backdoor and THEN let her in. Thus she relates a behavior I want with one that allows her inside. Same with when she wants to go out to the backyard (and especially the front yard because I like her to not just run out blindly). If she starts whining and begging to go outside, I ask her to sit. When she's done so relatively calmly I let her outside. Luckily she caught on quick. You could try the same thing, but will have to endure some barking until the dog catches on.

    As for disciplining or not discipling when the dog comes, I'm a little confused. Are you talking about when you call her while she's barking? If so call her, make her come and without paying too much attention to her make her go inside and lay down. Not praising once in awhile, because you're punishing her, shouldn't permanently ruin her come as long as you still praise the rest of the time.
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        01-08-2011, 04:19 PM
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    Green Broke
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    What kind of dog is this?
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    Maggie's a Shih-tzu cross Bechon Frese. She's 8.
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    Your basically rewarding her for doing the behavior you do not want...in turn I think you're not only allowing the barking, you're encouraging it.

    When my dog wants to come inside, I wait until she sits nicely at the backdoor and THEN let her in. Thus she relates a behavior I want with one that allows her inside. Same with when she wants to go out to the backyard (and especially the front yard because I like her to not just run out blindly). If she starts whining and begging to go outside, I ask her to sit. When she's done so relatively calmly I let her outside. Luckily she caught on quick. You could try the same thing, but will have to endure some barking until the dog catches on.

    As for disciplining or not discipling when the dog comes, I'm a little confused. Are you talking about when you call her while she's barking? If so call her, make her come and without paying too much attention to her make her go inside and lay down. Not praising once in awhile, because you're punishing her, shouldn't permanently ruin her come as long as you still praise the rest of the time.
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    that's a good idea I'll try that!
    As for disciplining, she barks and I make her come to me, but when she comes to me, do I praise her for coming to me or do I just tell her firmly to stop barking and make her lie down on her seat (we'll be getting her a bed soon, so I'll make her go on there instead, but for now it's just a chair with padding on the seat)? Right now I've made her come to me and then I make eye contact with her and tell her firmly "NO BARKING! STOP" and then I make her go on her chair. Is that what I'm supposed to do?
         
        01-08-2011, 05:07 PM
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    Yearling
    Getting her a place of her own is a great idea, we do the same with my dog. She acts up, we send her to her spot. We don't lock her in, just expect her to go calm down a bit.

    As for the literally telling her to "stop barking" doesnt make much sense. We all do it, talk to our dogs and sometimes they understand but only out of repetition. Telling her to stop barking means nothing to her if she doesn't actually change her behavior afterwards. If she's outside barking, I'd just call her in the house and send her to her "spot" without pausing to look directly at her and tell her to stop. Simply interrupting the behavior is usually enough. No praise, because you do not want to reinforce the barking. Praise all the other times she comes to you, not when you're asking her to come as punishment.
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        01-08-2011, 08:07 PM
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    Green Broke
    ^^ ok thanks!
         
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