OffTopic Posted October 24, 2007 Report Share Posted October 24, 2007 Eventually I'll be able to start offering advice instead of always asking for it, but now is not that time! Finn is doing really well with obedience. We have no problem getting him to learn something to do (ie: sit, stay, etc). But how do you teach a dog to NOT do something, especially when he's doing it to get attention. Bark, bark, bark, bark. I realize a tired dog is a good dog, but there are going to be times when I can't stop everything and play right that very red hot second. So I need to teach Finn "No bark" or "shush" or "quiet" or something that will keep him from shattering my eardrums while I work. And since he's barking to get attention, any kind of attention (even negative) pretty much gives him what he wants and encourages more barking, right? Wrong? I've tried gently holding his muzzle and saying "No bark" (he gets "No bite" when we're playing, so I thought that would click with him since it's similar), but as soon as I turn back to my work, he starts barking again. I've tried looking at him and deliberately turning my back to him until he calms down, but I don't have 8 hours to stand around waiting for a BC to give up on something. I know it's not that he needs to go out, because that's the first thing I do when he barks....take him outside. I know it's not that he's hungry, because I feed him while I'm making my coffee. Mike walks him in the morning before he goes to work and this usually means Finn will sleep until noon. But not today! He wants attention. And most of the time I'll be happy to give it to him, but I need to find a way to train him to wait without barking constantly. He isn't much into chew toys unless I'm actively playing with him, so I can't just toss him a toy and expect him to sit quietly with it. Help??!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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