Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WinsDay #10 Dot learns to speak

 
Dot is our barky dog.  She's always barked at the mailman/Schwan's man/UPS man/etc.  I never really did much to stop it other than occasionally holler at her from the back of the house, which does nothing because she has never been taught that it means anything.  It just makes me feel better!  But since Taco came into the family, she has gotten worse.  Taco makes almost no noise at all.  Ever.  So I hope he doesn't pick up this habit of hers.

In order to start to curtail the outbursts, I decided to train Dot to bark on command.  In theory, you can then teach the dog a shush command which will carry over into everyday use.  Here is a video that outlines the process.  But Dot is not as easily fooled as that demo dog.  After one, maybe two coerced barks she realized it's just me knocking or ringing the doorbell and stopped barking.  So I had to really get her hopped up and excited, then try and get her to bark by going crazy with the knocking and pointing out the window and saying "who's here, who is that?"  It worked!  She learned the command for bark after about two weeks of very short training sessions about every other day.
In this video, she barks on command a few times, getting treats for doing so. Then she barks on command and is rewarded for NOT barking when I give the Shhhhh command. (Also note the Taco head peeking out, waiting on the couch. When we train in the living room, this is our waiting spot for the dog not working.

WinsDay is not just the place to show off ribbons.  Maybe you learned something new about a breed or dog sport that you'd like to share or maybe you have a doggy giveaway going on at your blog and would like to give us all a chance to win!  Maybe your dog earned its CGC or you started working on a new level of obedience or agility.  Maybe you mastered doorway manners or housebroke your new puppy.  These are all wins, celebrate them with us!

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12 comments:

  1. Oh very cool! I have two VERY barky Aussies. One knows the "speak" command. I need to work on a shush command. Thank you!

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  2. That is great. We use the quiet command, but I can see the bark command could also work. Thanks for linking to Barks and Bytes. :)

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    1. The bark command makes it much easier to teach quiet, since you won't have to wait until barking occurs to teach Shhhh. :)

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  3. I have been taught that is easiest to teach "speak" and "quiet" together. The main reason being is that it is too difficult for the handler to mark and reward only the "quiet" behavior so too many dogs end up being confused. Thanks for adding your link to the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop! I hope you'll join us again next month, April 7th.

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    1. Awesome blog hop! Teaching bark makes it way easier to teach Shhh, you get way more repetitions in than waiting for spontaneous barking to occur. :)

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  4. No matter what I did, Mr. N wouldn't bark! So that trick is at a standstill for now. Onyxx will bark though if you bark at him.

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    1. Wow, a non-barker! We have one of those but now as he is getting more brave, we hear his voice every once in a while.

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  5. I'm glad my dog rarely barks. Only if someone (like my brother) enters the house late at night, and I'm okay with that. We were thinking about teaching her to bark to alert in wilderness SAR, but have then decided that working with a Bringsel would be much easier.

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    1. Teaching a non-barker to bark could be...dangerous. Or at least potentially noisy. :)

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  6. Donna doesn't bark, so we can't really teach her quiet. But if I had that problem, this would be what I would try too!! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Wow, so many non-barkers commenting! Taco is a pretty quiet boy but even he is starting to make some noise when he looses his kong under the couch. :)

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