|Barked: Wed Apr 3, '13 12:19pm PST |
|Part of the problem, too, is breed. This is what hounds DO.....when they are aroused, they give a lot of voice, which is how hunting with them works. So hounds particularly are extremely challenging.
I do agree with the advice that teaching to bark on command opens the door to teach being quiet on command. Beyond this, look beyond the bark and towards the frustrations that allow things to escalate. "I want that really bad" or "I can't get to that" or "I think I am getting close to that"....these are all really functional for a hound as to what he's supposed to do when on his quarry, as is emotional escalation generally. His genetics are saying bark NOW! So.....sometimes we are working with a naughty dog who needs guidance and structure, whereas other times we are working at a trait of function. These are different things. Giant Schnauzers, my breed, are very talky and loooove to bark, just for the drama. I can far more expect, fairly, to teach a Giant to "quiet" because he's just being a bozo, vs a hound, who is doing something really functional. It's a lot easier and fairer to say "stop being a bozo" vs "stop being a hound."
So here's some prelim advice. Some of the things you can do is to lessen the frustration. Redirect. If another dog has a toy or bone, you need to redirect your pup, and help him more to emotionally cope with his frustration. He's young and immature, so an obvious thing would be to lessen these instances. Just try to give each something together. Or, when it does occur, gain your pup's focus (ok, so he's a hound....I KNOW that's not easy ), and engage him in something fun. You can also tie each to doorknobs in a room, opposite from each other. Treat one, with Bailey sitting quietly at attention across the room before he gets his own. Also, have them sit side by side for treats, with him showing composure, even when his dog mate gets treated.
Let me know if this was helpful or if you need me to blab more. Fine to give examples and I can tell what I'd do. Just don't get too frustrated....he's a hound
Edited by author Wed Apr 3, '13 12:27pm PST
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