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I have a one year old chauahuha called chesney! I love him

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I have a one year old chauahuha called chesney! I love him to bits but he wont stop barking at anyone and everyone.This stops me fro walking him as much as i want to and when i get visitors he wont shut up or mix with them.. Please help.. I also have another chauahuha and a cairn terrior but they are no bother..
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 3 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,

My name is Jane. I have worked with animals professionally for over 17 years dealing with both health and behavioral issues. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

I have a dog currently that when I first got him from the dog pound barked at everything even the wind it seemed. One method of correcting this and the one I used at the time was a reward and correction approach. We left his leash on in the house attached to a chain collar. Each time our dog barked inappropriately we gave a quick tug correction to distract him, said "no bark" and had him sit. After a few corrections right in a row, he would finally stop barking for a second. When he didn't bark I'd give him a treat. Use tasty hot dog slices or liver slivers. By the end of a couple of weeks, he had reduced his barking significantly. We did go through a lot of treats so if you use hot dogs, cut them paper thin.

We did this over the course of a month all together, giving treats for non barking and eventually phasing out the treats and using praise instead with a treat only once in a while. Now he rarely ever barks.

Another method, as crazy as this sounds you may wish to teach the dog the speak command and then the quiet command. It seems easier to teach the quiet command after the dog has learned the speak command. The following site explains teaching speak and quiet commands.
http://www.dogskool.com/web/news/summer2002/page3.html

Unfortunately, the site does not allow me to make clickable links to supporting websites at this time. So where there is a site listed, you may have to copy that to a separate browser window or tab to access the data there.

You also have the option of getting a bark collar such as citronella spray collar, ultrasonic collar, shock bark collars (I personally am against shock collars) and even shaking a can of coins that will stop excessive barking.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

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