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My Dog Barks at the Neighbour!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, June 27, 2016, In : Dog Training Tips 

My neighbour has 2 small dogs. Every time she lets them out into her backyard they run to the fence and start barking at my dog who starts barking back. Is there something I can do to get my dog to stop barking back? It's really annoying for everyone.

Martha and Dudley

Great question Martha and such a common problem. Dogs bark for many reasons: fear, alert, boredom, excitement and guarding to name a few. Some dogs bark simply because if feels good to bark. In your case, it sounds like...

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Changing Unwanted Dog Behaviour

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, In : Dog Training 

When looking to change unwanted behaviour, whether jumping on guests or barking at other dogs. taking steps to eliminate the opportunity to continue to practice those behaviours is an important part of the process.
Every time your dog has the opportunity to jump on someone, that behaviour gets reinforced. Any behaviour that is reinforced gets repeated.
For example: jumping on guests. When you are ready to change it, it's essential to stop all reinforcement of the jumping. You may be saying " Bu...

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Barking at the Front Door

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, December 7, 2013, In : Video 

Whether large or small, we want our dogs to stop barking when we ask. Training a new behaviour takes time, patience, and consistency. Here we are teaching the very first steps of what's called a positive interrupt cue which ultimately will be used when the dog is barking to let us know someone is at the door. When the dog hears the cue "thank you" she will know to go to her person and stops barking in the process. The dog gets a treat, the human gets silence! Everyone wins :)

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Is Your Dog Barking and Lunging at Moving Objects?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, In : Dogs and Children 

 This is the time of year we see dogs and puppies chasing skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles and barking at kids playing basketball in their driveways.
If you live in a neighbourhood with lots of children, ask them if they would be willing to help you train your puppy or dog to be comfortable around skateboards, bouncing basketballs, rollerblades etc. Prep yummy treats for both the dog and the kids and spend a few moments rewarding your dog for calm behaviour. Make sure you start off with the...
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My Dog Embarrasses Me!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : Dog Training 

My Westie is 11 years old. 
When we began walks in the real world, he thought it necessary to bark and get excited when we came across other dogs. 
Every time we went for a walk I knew at some point we would come across a situation that would cause him to bark and lunge, leaving me to deal with the aftermath.
By this point in his life I had gone to puppy classes, had in home private training and read lots of how to books.
One thing the books, classes and in home training didn’t cover was the em...

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Teach Your Dog to go to a Mat

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, In : Video 
Sasha and Lola used to rush the door when visitors arrived or left. Teaching them to go to their "house" gives them something else to do.

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