Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Training Tip Tuesday: Barking, Sponsored by Anytime K9

Hello my canine companions. It's Riley with another tip for your human. How to stop us from barking is something that many two-legged pack members have tried to do. What they don't realize is that they can't. We bark. That's what we do. The trick is to teach us the appropriate time to bark. Yes we should let our people know when there is someone lurking around the door, but sometimes we need to just keep our big muzzles shut!

Us dogs bark for various reasons. We bark because were excited. We bark because were bored. We bark because were territorial. We bark because were fearful or bossy. Heck sometimes we even bark because we learned that it gets us things from our humans. There are so many reasons we bark. The trick is to figure out why we are barking. I used to bark to protect my territory. I barked mainly when people came into our house. I couldn't control myself and I would go nuts whenever someone came to visit. My person started making me go to a certain place where I had to sit and stay and wait until the people came in and then said hello to me. She called it my"greeting spot" and whenever I was in this place I had to sit quietly no matter how much I wanted to bark. She mentioned something about her being the pack leader and only she, not me would, determine who was allowed into the pack. I began to welcome the arrival of visitors. The doorbell would ring and I would trot right over to my "greeting spot". Once the humans came in they would give me love and treats. The only thing left to do was sit around and listen to them barking at each other all night, except I think they call it talking. A happy ending once again.

CEO (Canine of Extrodinary Obedience)

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