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Old 05-03-2008, 06:07 PM
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My puppy seems to be barking at everyone these days, all my friends, the mailman, the neighbors. Anyone who comes close to him makes him bark. We have an older dog that barks all the time too, and I think that he may have gotten it from her. How do I fix this?

Another problem is that he gets all riled up sometimes and won't let anyone pick him up to take him inside, or he keeps nipping at my feet. Is this a time to put him in his kennel? I don't want to have to use it as punishment though.

He's 15 weeks old by the way.
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Old 05-03-2008, 06:48 PM
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What breed is he?

There are many reasons why he could be barking at people. He could be scared, guarding, excited, aggressive, or just talkative. When he barks, watch him closely - does he back up while he barks (even just a tiny bit)? Is his body generally relatively relaxed, tail wagging? Does he jump on the people he barks at if given the chance? Does he growl a lot at people (besides you, besides in play sessions), or show his teeth?

Once you know why he's barking, then you can start to fix the problem. Meanwhile, though, you can work on making strangers more fun and rewarding for him - anytime he looks at a person (BEFORE he has a chance to bark), put a treat in front of his nose and let him have it (make sure it's a really high-value treat, like hotdogs, cheese, chicken, etc.). Or, if you're clicker training, you can click whenever he looks at a person, and then give him a treat. You do have to be really dilligent and quick, though, or you will accidently reward the barking.

For your other problem, it's probably a good idea to keep him on a leash while he's outside. You can just let him drag the leash, you don't have to hold it. That way, when it's time to go in you can just pick up the leash and encourage him to walk in with you. Nipping at your feet is probably a good time for a time out. And you can use the kennel - just very calmly (deep breaths!) pick him up (or pick up the leash) and take him to the crate. Leave him there for a few minutes (2-5 or so), and then calmly let him out. It will not make him afraid of the kennel or associate it with punishment as long as you stay calm and don't yell at him or anything while he's being "punished." Think of it more as a consequence - you nipped my feet, that causes you to be away from me for a few minutes.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:18 PM
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Another thing you can do when your dog sees someone, or even if he starts to bark, is to make him sit and then reward him with a treat. This should distract him. Also as Lizzybeth727 said it may associate good things with these people he's barking at.
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Thank you, didn't realize it was the same person.

Eagle, have you started the puppy classes yet? Does your puppy bark at everyone in class, too? If so, what advice does your trainer give you about it??
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