Our biggest issue seems to be that she will seemingly randomly really lose it at people. My husband also has an English Bulldog. This way he won’t anticipate the treats and it sets you up to start reducing and finally not using treats. For example, you notice that he barks whenever you give him a toy. I consider her as mine since I love her so much, but technically she belongs to my grandparents. If you get stuck or have any other questions, feel free to drop them in the comments. German Shepherds, especially German Shepherds that are bored or territorial, can get into a habit of barking. If I’m going to be out all day, I get a neighbor to pop in and let her out for a potty break. The interesting thing is that she doesn’t bark when I have her on leash. And I agree that spending the night outside is not the ideal situation. My 21 month old girl Luna barks a lot at night and early morning. It is not a proven method to stop barking. And in the times you’re outside you can practice the moster method. Once Angus is calm when he hears the keys rattle, you can safely take him to the next step. We are wondering if this is a phase that she’s going through or if it may be due to her impending heat cycle. Using the desensitizing and counter conditioning method in this article will help. Punishing any fear will cause more fear. Once he starts barking I’ll come back down to shush him and he will quiet down. Eventually your boy will be quite happy in his crate. Arthur doesn’t want to hurt anyone, he just wants to bark and wants to jump up at them, but thats his personality. We have tried “quiet”, “hush”, and going out there. But it’s not unsolvable. You can also encourage him to enter by tossing one treat at a time into the crate. Your dog can bark excessively when he feels startled or alarmed. Any advice on how to deal with this would be much appreciated. Download high … But I would steer clear of reprimanding or punishing. I need a little more information so that I can better help you. Please feel free to drop questions in the comments section of any of the articles I’ve linked to. But we are at our wits end with this. Which is a good thing for you and Violet right now. However, if Arthur is well socialized and experienced in training and displaying this kind of behavior, it might be a good idea to visit a veterinary behaviorist. When he barks, give him a treat and say ‘speak’. And you’ll also likely see that he tries to dominate her. Causes Behind German Shepherd Skin Allergies. Share. But recently at night I peeked my head out, and then she started barking as if she didn’t know me in a very mean way. But in your case, you might want to think about getting her into a doggy daycare while you’re at work. Mostly I desperately need her to stop chasing and barking at my cats. It wouldn’t be so bad if the bark wasn’t so aggressive. Any tips you may have please share them! But actually it’s just before success happens. One month ago we gave him to a dog trainer for basic obedience and etc. Now he is not chasing his tail so much, but he barks at night A LOT. And loud unexpected noises can actually bring on more barking and fear. I’ll mention here that there’s something call an extinction burst in dog training, it means the behavior gets worse before it goes away. This is called capturing. Yes, the kind of barking you’re having to deal with is one of the most difficult habits to break. However, in most cases, it’s not coming from a place of pure aggression. Note: This is one of the few times giving a hand signal and a voice command from the start is a good idea. Your neighbors are complaining so you want to know how to control your German Shepherd from barking a lot. I grew up with GSD’s and was aware of the barking. Is she barking at and trying to herd the other dogs? Thanks for your question. It brakes my heart, but now I am starting after so much pains for losing my two best friends. It might help if you keep a journal of this for a while to see if you can discover a pattern. Thanks for your question. We live in an apartment complex and she barks at other dogs even other people just walking. Is there a place in the yard where you can restrict him to where he can’t actually see the chickens? She was tolerant of the crate and never barked there but we could tell she wasn’t a huge fan. When he’s barking he is so concentrated on barking and protecting that he won’t even look at me. I’ve been debating about reporting the neighbor to the city, but I don’t want it to be a situation where the neighbor becomes rude to me. The junior high student need a whole bunch of building blocks before they can solve the math problem. You’ll be amazed at how willing people are to help if you tell them you’re training your dog. But you can also work with her using some scientific training methods to help her in a force-free way to desensitize her to triggers and counter-condition with another response. If you want to know more about triggers and thresholds, read this article. Their bark is even effective in stopping a criminal dead on his tracks. One of the reasons we chose her was because she was SO friendly with everyone at the shelter and they just loved her. Now your strategy will be to ask her for a sit command each time you or your pooch initiates attention. If you did, you might consider experimenting with the crate in different places/positions. It’s obviously going to mean money out of your pocket but it will mean he can’t see you folks and that might reduce the barking at your every move. So for example, work on barking at the neighbors getting in and out of their cars. Bark collars are not guaranteed to be effective. I am happy to find your website as I am going crazy with my 11 month old GSD. With people talking, you can enlist the help of friends and neighbors to set up a training session where they are talking outside your apartment and you’re inside working with your boy. Dogs are territorial and will without fail bark at a threat to his territory. Do I get up calmly, give him a treat to distract him from barking and keep that up until it takes hold? When he stops, you say ‘quiet’ then give him a treat. They’re also much less likely to be triggered inside the house. He is the sweetest dog I’ve ever owned. If that’s the case, I’d suggest that you rather use the desensitizing and reconditioning method in this article. A new dog can also bring a lot of headaches. Before we can solve the barking problem, let’s identify the reasons why GSDs bark. You can check out the program and my review here. If you’re treating at the wrong time you could end up rewarding the barking behavior. Here’s an article on how to do that. You can keep tabs on your pooch with a GPS tracking system. Our dogs go through something called “fear phases” during their development. Now she still sits and watches at the window but only infrequently barks, and it’s usually when there is a reason to bark. Charley my 9 year old was a heavy barker when I got her at 6 years old. This one is meant to be a more human alternative to the shock collar. Help! She was a rescue so she came with some other behaviors that started due to her past which you might not be struggling with. I used a dog training program that taps into a dog’s natural intelligence through the use of games. I hope this answers your questions. The two of them live in seperate areas of the house because my husband doesn’t trust my shepherd though she has never been agressive with another dog. Another tactic you can try is to separate the 2 boys. Google has a lot of great information about fear phases in dogs. You can tell if it’s aggressive. The other day in daycare, my pup was excessively play barking at another dog. If you decide to go this route, let me know how it goes and if you have questions, drop them in the comments below. Wherever that point is, that’s where you start. It is a … A nice thing is you can fill the toy with a portion of night time food and give it to him. My boy Koda is three months old and has been crate trained by me. I’ve seen her 4 Times now (not counting days), and she loves me a lot. One of my dog training heroes has written an excellent article on these phases and gives some solid advice. When she is out of her kennel, she is a perfect angel and plays well with our other two dogs and, with the exception of just being a bit neurotic with her pacing and panting, she is even amazing with us. We did put up an ultrasonic birdhouse device near their fence to at least direct the barking away from them, but it’s still loud even on the other side of the yard… Aside from removing the trampoline, what can we do to help this situation as we have yet to witness it and can’t fix what we don’t actually see happening… When you do, you’re rewarding his behavior. In your German Shepherd's case, it's guarding and herding. I also have a 12 year old Bassett Hound who begins to howl…but only when Piper gets her going. We Live in a typical suburban subdivision with a fenced in backyard. I do not feed my GSD canned food as they are filled with additives and preservatives that only adds to anxiety in your dog. He already knows come, sit, lay down, stay, and working on heel. Like, he has a very aggressive bark fit when someone knocks on the door, but we are using the ‘quiet’ command with this and at points it is effective, but at other times, like when he is really riled up, the only thing to calm him down is putting him in this crate and telling him to be quite from there and ensure the visitor is not in his eye sight, or he will become aggressive and bark again. Here’s an article to get you going if you’re new to this. Tammy. If I were in your shoes, I’d approach my neighbor and offer to train her dog. The first thing to do is employ a number of deterrence measures. If you want to crate him over night that’s fine. Lately he stands near the fence when I leave home (my happy neighbors told me that ) and start barking at the chickens around 6 am. Even if you ask her to leave the room it’s attention and therefore reinforcement. It would be helpful for you if you have some idea as to why your pup is acting this way. Hi:) It’s so cool that you’re going to start clicker training. Always on a lead. What I mean is, first take a short ride, say down the road and have someone else take the wheel. But you canteach him to love his crate with a little work and patience. Get your dog excited. At that moment you start offering rewards for calm, quiet behavior. She & Samson play a lot and ONLY while we are gone does she bark at Samson. I would like to recommend that you look into good solid positive reinforcement training courses. It’s not uncommon for a dog that’s way over their threshold to snap at something that’s coming out of nowhere and possibly at speed too. Please help! There might be something bothering her where it is currently like lights, moving shadows from outside plants. Hi, Even if the visitor is there for an extended period of time, she will eventually calm down but start again if the visitor stands up or comes in and out of the room. She doesn’t try to harm me or my nephew but always tries to bite my daughter who is younger. I know this might sound crazy but you’ll have to get to the bottom of this since you can’t be loosing sleep. Let me know if you have other questions. This includes bared teeth, snarls, etc. Keep in mind, dogs are social beings. Hi i have 2 german shepherds one a female who’s 1 year and a male that’s 8 months and everytime my neighbor get his dogs outside they freak out and they dong listen to me when i call them so is there anything i could do so they stop barking and teaching them to come when i tell them to? I’m pleased to hear you’ve overcome his reactivity. I also recommend reading this article on how dogs learn it’ll give you a clear picture of the psychology behind teaching dogs and with the methods in this article on barking you’ll be able to teach Bandit the social grace you want him to have. And I think that’s the key here…. In a training session, each time your boy goes anywhere near the crate immediately click and reward. I found this explanation of these steps in picture form on Facebook. They'll protect … my german shepherd is a full grown dog by now. And then, you can use the methods in this article on barking to help him get control of his impulses and keep him within his calm threshold. This last part is so important for any kind of dog training. I have a 15 month old male GS Dryanax. Sexual maturity is likely the reason at this stage. The best is to ignore a bite or nip and if she gets frantic while nipping/biting for attention or during play, put her in a time-out for a few minutes. My bunch have their beds on our veranda. The idea is that over time the trigger (leaves, birds etc) predicts the reward. She almost 11 years old now. This will cause your dog considerable pain and discomfort. Some GSDs may start barking earlier or later than 4 months due to temperament differences. The owners and their children never play with it and never take it for a walk/run. Have you tried giving him an interactive toy in the evenings after his walk? You might also like to read more about how dogs learn. I’ve now started praising her (“good girl”) if she doesn’t bark at someone (positive reinforcement) but this is hit or miss. Ideally, you want her to reduce the practice of the behavior because the more she practices the more the behavior is reinforced. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who can bring their dog over to your place so that your boy can get used to mingling with another dog. It’ll take time but she’ll soon understand that attention is not on tap. 1) He has separation anxiety, when we are home. He is not so bad with other male dogs, but if they do bark at him, he won’t hesitate to bark back, but we can have more control over him if this is the case. She also has become a habitual fence fighter with our neighbours dog. But dogs often bark at their humans when they want to play. The only major problem that we are facing is when he comes into contact with other dogs. It should curb the problem right now since it’s a matter of you giving the quiet commend to stop the barking. Use variable reinforsment scheules here as he progresses. It’s driving me crazy. When your boy is not reacting or if he’s just about to react (but hasn’t) offer him a high-value reward. Triggers. If done correctly and always with your dog's well-being in mind first and foremost, the chances are very good that you'll curb your German Shepherd barking. Check back on this article at the section on Desensitizing and Counter-Conditioning. She’s inside at night and during the day (because I can’t leave her out as she barks). They constantly communicate. The first is from 8 to 10 weeks. Which is totally fine! I’ve written extensively on enrichment and enrichment ideas. 109 139 17. Report. I have a 1 year 6 month year old male German Shepard , he is very obedient dog when he wants to be but when I take him for walks whenever another person passes he will bark and protect me but I don’t act nervous or scared I always try and take control but he only listens out side , when I have my parents come round or any friends he will just constantly bark and won’t stop for like ten minutes when they enter but when they stand up after a while he will bark and I will tell him to stop he will listen but doesn’t last long. Then he is fed and he is put back in his sleeping area. I’ll bet if you ask some passers buy to help out they would love to. Soon, he’ll learn that his barking doesn’t make you come running and he’ll stop. If the German Shepherd has had bad experiences with barking in the past then it might have learned that barking will lead to bad things so it doesn’t bark often. Only give her attention when you initiate it. I’m not a supporter of challenging a dog or trying to show them who’s boss. That was 6 months ago. In a nutshell what I’d do is the following: Ask your neighbors to get in their car while you’re there with Piper. He feels alone and he’s calling for your attention. Don’t give up when you see this happening. German Shepherd. (i use a harness rather than a collar as i feel it is healthier for her wind pipe. This is the reason; you must make sure to go for dog collars that are safe to use. Also, using the steps to teach a “focus” command will be useful for both you and your puppy. The barking is mostly during the daytime but also happens at night and early in the morning. I hope this helps to get you started. If you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it!! Even after they’ve been at the house for hours already every once in awhile he will start barking again. You can use it to change behaviors in the kindest and humane way. You also need to face the fact there’s a possibility you might only get your dog to 85% or 90% comfortable. Thank you!!! It’s your dog and your land. One of those was that she was fearful of strangers. There is no grass for him. Any advice to help Kaiser to be calm and let people come to my house? We have now launched our new "Boost" feature. And since you’ve already successfully done so I think you might be dealing with a fear phase. Is your GSD barking aggressively? It’s likely that your older fur friend has encouraged the barking habit. He looks and behaves very much like a GSD. One of my dog training idols wrote about these phases extensively. And the best way to deal with it is to change your dog’s perceptions of the things (triggers) in the world that set him off, this includes being left alone. The first phase is from 8 to 10 weeks roughly. I have a 5 month Shepherd Boy that is becoming super protective of me. The first part is to teach speak and the second part is to teach quiet. The reason why your German Shepherd barks at other dogs could be that it is being protective. If anything looks out of the normal she barks at it. It’s a very, very common problem, and, at the end of the day, it is what the German shepherd has been bred to do a lot of the time. I am a new German Shepherd owner. He has enough toys, a kong, raw bones to chew on a big yard to run around. When you say he’s trying to bite her, is he actually snapping or lunging towards her or is he staying at a distance and barking. With a bunch of treats, praise or a toy if he’s very prey driven. When she’s walking outside on a leash she doesn’t bark at all only chases her tail for some reason. I’ve found these to excellent ways to cement the dog-human bond. Devote lots of time, patience, and consistency training your dog. German Shepherds also find barking self-rewarding. For large dog it can be anywhere between the ages of 6 and 15 months. we have had noise complaints at normal time of the days because our dogs were out back playing and barking occasionally.. not a great neighborhood for dogs" 0. He is starting to whine then bark even when we know he does not have to go out or if hungry or needs water. I can’t say how long Piper will take before she has her ‘aha’ moment. Ideally, you want to start at a distance where he’s not exhibiting the signs of stress like raised hackles and barking. Check out these safe tug of war toys. I am at my whits end and don’t know what to do anymore! Thank you Dan for commenting about your neighbors. He was able to go outside with her and walk her on the leash and all of the sudden he was her best friend. In most cases, it is excessive barking accompanied by compulsive behavior. I can’t restrict her access to the front porch because that’s how we let her in and out. I would suggest to opt for dog obedience training and it is really helpful in shaping your dog’s habits. Throw his toy, jump up and down or make barking noises. My question is won’t this then train the dog to bark for treats, or think he is being rewarded for protecting/warning me of a threat? They have met babies before, but since they don’t come into regular contact with them, I needed to do some update training. He is excessively needy. You don’t need to treat since you letting him is the reward. I recommend following a dog training program that I have personally used extensively to not only train my dogs but help them change the behaviors that were unwanted. Keep repeating this process until he associates his bark with your ‘speak’ command. I don’t know if he got separation anxiety or since I work full time he just had to much energy. I used an online dog training program that uses games to tap into our dog’s natural intelligence. 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