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Kristin   green bay, Wisconsin

1/6/2014 6:09:45 PM

My puppy (9 month old American Eskimo dog) has been driving me nuts with this. He is fine when I am exclusively paying attention to him, but when I try to pay attention to ANYTHING else (my laptop, phone, cooking dinner, eating breakfast, etc) he scratches at my arm and begins this yapping annoying bark. I've tried saying in a quiet voice "sit" but he continues to bark and bark and doesn't respond to the command when in this state. It usually escalates to him actually biting me. Little nips all over my arms and legs that leave bruises. At this point I hook a finger under his collar and crate him. I've taken to just totally ignoring him until I can't anymore (when he starts biting) then I leave the room. He does this sometimes six or seven times a night. He gets plenty of exercise (30 minute walk in the morning, 1 hour of running around with me outside - with a ball or flirt pole to keep him moving and doggy day care every other day) and training (2-3 15 minute sessions every day) so it can't be that he's that wound up and bored. The leaving the room thing seems to be working better than crating him but if anyone has any other tips I'd love some advice.

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Chris   Chicago, Illinois

12/6/2012 8:34:15 AM

My dog barks at me when I'm talking on the phone! Then when I finally am done, she ignores and goes back to normal. LOL

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Lexus   Carver, MA

5/30/2012 2:44:48 PM

Thanks so much, Dog Channel! my dog , Loki, is 12, and i am trying to teach him NOT to bark when i am sitting outside, in our back yard picnic set.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

4/23/2012 8:21:42 AM

good article, thanks

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Scott   L.a., CA

4/13/2012 8:17:56 PM

@Debra

You should have your dog work out more, take him for walks, hikes, anything to get his pent up energy out.


If this doesn't work, put your dog to work, he is feeling anxious and may need more mental stimulation. Bring a ball out whenever he is running around barking. Get his attention on the ball, it will make him happy and tired.

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debra   prescott, MI

11/26/2011 10:09:08 AM

how do you stop a large breed barking when he just runs in circles in the yard for hours at a time barking at nothing

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

11/14/2011 6:37:27 AM

good article, thanks

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Somebody   Somewher, UT

11/12/2011 7:22:45 PM

Our neighbor dogs sure bark a lot. Wonder who they are talking to.

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Jayne   Bountiful, UT

11/7/2011 4:47:40 PM

Thanks.

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Eleanor   San Rafael, CA

11/7/2011 11:53:29 AM

My miniature poodle parks at almost everyone.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

10/23/2011 8:37:24 PM

good article, thanks

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Jess   Beaverton, ON

8/22/2011 12:28:37 AM

Very interesting. Thanks!

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

6/20/2011 4:44:20 PM

Great advice. Especially for larger dogs.

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Cynthia   Sweet Home, OR

3/8/2011 1:23:14 PM

This so true. I also discovered what I call Conditioned to negative attention in dogs. I have had many pre owned dogs plus I have caused the problem unwittingly myself when I loose my cool. Trick...when you loose your cool with no effectiveness the dog wins and you loose status as leader. Ignoring is so effective except if they don't come when called so I TRY to set myself up for success and ignore wisely in a controlled environment. Long line for "come" etc.. and treat or at least my spit for treat when they arrive or a good scratch on the chest and butt etc.

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Heather   Suffolk, VA

12/9/2010 3:34:59 AM

My dog just keeps barking for no reason. He barks when strangers come over, when hes bored, when he has to go outside, when he wants attention, when hes hungry, etc. And then he barks for no apparent reason.... Like now.

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JD   C, OK

11/14/2010 7:53:58 PM

Good info

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Jen   Gillette, WY

10/30/2010 8:40:46 PM

Great reminder that if we want a behavior to stop we have to stop rewarding it.

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Deb   Southern, LA

8/18/2010 12:59:38 PM

Thanks. I will give this a try.

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frances   proctorville, OH

8/1/2010 5:33:53 AM

good

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Betty   Bowling Green, KY

5/27/2010 8:33:19 AM

My Yorkie puppy barks for me to play with her and I have tried to ignore her so that she will see that it is not working but she continues to bark sometimes for over an hour at a time and it is very nerve-wracking. Your advise is good but won't work in every scenario. Each Yorkie is so indivi-dualized that it would be good to know a couple of different ideas to help with this very annoying problem.

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