Part Two is about the intrusive barking in the Present and your Actions.
- Most people decide in the moment is the best time to work on the barking so it is corrected RIGHT NOW.
- However this is not the right time for correction for many reasons:
- You are not ready
- Your dog is already reacting
- When you are in the midst of this extravagant barking, you are going to apply the three Ds:
- First, use the crate.
- Take the time to get your dog in the crate and give her something that will distract or divert her attention.
- A Kong filled with treats or peanut butter
- If you don’t have a crate, use something to get your dog into as small of an area as possible.
- A small enclosed area you make
- A laundry room
- A lit closet
- A small bathroom
- If those are not available, you may have to tether your dog to something stable.
- Make sure it is very short and there are not ways your dog can get caught on or around something.
- Bennie suggests you have multiple things that can redirect her attention.
- Puzzle toys
- Once you have given her that thing and secluded her to the small space, leave the room.
- If the barking starts right up, you can go in and give a sharp NO or HUSH corrective command.
- If she quiets down, immediately praise her.
- If you leave and she is distracted with the toy or treat, let her be quiet for a minute or so and then go back into the area and give her verbal praise.
- If she starts barking again, just leave.
- Ignore the barking.
- This is one behavior you can ignore and ignoring the barking is the ultimate best correction.
- Once you leave, stay gone and pay attention to what’s going on.
- If she calms down or goes back to her treat, let her be quiet and good for a little longer that 30 seconds
- Then go back in a praise her for being good.
- Use that corrective word, like HUSH, in a calm and pleasing tone.
- “GOOD HUSH”.
- Again, if the barking starts up…leave.
- Each time your dog calms down and is quiet, add about 15 seconds to the last length of time you went in and start the praising process over.
- Do this as often as you can.
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