Help...the dog barks too much!!!

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    Our cute little puppy Dodger is the greatest dog,but he barks too much! In the house,out of the house. I am thinking about a correction collar,but I don't want him to be so afraid to bark that if a prowler were around he wouldn't let us know. The collars have different levels of correction and don't hurt the dog,it's just a level of vibration i guess. He is Lab/Australian shepard and I read that Australian Sheps tend to bark a lot to ward off strangers. He will bark at anyone and as soon as there at the door,he is their best friend. He wouldn't hurt a fly. I have worked in the pet business for 10 years now and work around dogs all day at my new job. Still not sure what to do though....any advice?
     
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    No suggestions specifically, but how do they train police dogs? They are usually shephards and they are like mice when they need to be but bark (pretty effectively!) when they need to.

    Can you see if there's a training facility in your area, perhaps they have some suggestions.
     
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    Duct tape works well!!!! :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
     
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    Most dogs bark to warn their owners that something is out of sorts or they want attention. Depending on the age of your pup and how long he's been with you, he may just need to get used to the activity around your home and yard so that he gets accustomed to the idea of there being people around. Most times after the dog gets familiar with what his territory is, i.e. the backyard, inside and around the home, and front yard?, he'll see how you react to the closeness of people and pick up your idea of how close is close enough.

    Be patient, firm 'NO's when he's barking at the person 30 yards away(or however close you want them to be), and it will come together in time.
     
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    thank you much,DK! we have had him for about 3 months. he was 5 months when we got him. i know it's neuteing time a well. i'm hoping that will help. the fact that 4 rotts live next door isn't helping things. not to mention,just about every house on the street has a dog,so of coure when they bark......i think your right though,i need to be firmer when i tell him no,reinforcement!!! what do you think of the collar idea?
     
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    I had a dog with the same problem a LONG time ago.

    We took the dog to training classes, and the instructor had us tell him NO whenever the barking wasn't connected to anything. But he always told us, if he barks when somebody comes to the door, don't tell him NO until you let him see that the person is welcomed. After a while, the dog will learn who is "welcome" and who is not. If it is a delivery person or somebody that comes regular but that you "don't know" let him continue to bark for a while so that he never really gets the idea the person is "welcomed". After a while, the dog will naturally learn whom you trust and who is just "visiting".

    I know that isn't the GREATEST advice, but it might help. But you do have to teach him to NOT BARK whenever there isn't anything going on, otherwise, when/if and intruder does come, you might just ignore the barks thinking, "there goes Dodger again, that damn noisy dog"!
     
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    i ended up having to get a collar like that. worked pretty effectivley too.
     
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    Go to cabelas.com. Buy a bark collar. There are all sorts of training videos and other dog training aids availiable from Cabela's. You can pussy-foot around or you can do what the pro's and people who rely on thier dogs do. One thing I can't stand is a poorly-trained dog. It's isn't fair for them, either. They crave discipline. Training is also a good way to bond.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thank for all the advice guys!

    free and fun-dK suggested the "no" thing a well so i am going to try to be conistent with it,as will my husband.Thanks for the advice. dodge barks at something-unfortunately,it' everything. my mom has one of those dogs that just barks at air. hopefully he will learn to calm down at leat when it is someone he knows......i really hope!! he is a wonderful of in all other respects ,i love him to pieces!!!

    Johnney and fuman-i am going to look into the collars in case the "no" consistently doesn't work. i am glad to hear they work. boy,they ain't cheap though from what i looked at so far,but if they work-it's worth it.
     
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