How to train A Yorkie Poo Not To Bark?
How do I train my Yorkie Poo puppy to not bark all the time? First step is socializing and training your dog/pup as soon as you get him.
Younger dogs no doubt are easier to train than older dogs.
How to Train a Yorkie Poo not to bark all the time
Practice the following things as you train your dog:
- Never Yell at Your Dog to be Quiet
Yes! Your yelling sounds like you’re barking along with him and he’d even be happy to continue at it as his owner joins him.
Ensure your training sessions are positive and upbeat.
If you have a family, everyone, including you must be consistent so your puppy doesn’t get confused. That means everyone in your family should apply the training methods each time your dog barks inappropriately.
It will do no good if you allow your adult dog get away with inappropriate barking some times and not others.
- Get Rid of the Motivation
Typically, your dog enjoys some kind of reward when he barks. Otherwise, he wouldn’t engage in the act in the first place. So, you should figure out what he gets out of barking and get rid of it.
Never give your dog the chance to continue the bad barking habit.
For instance: barking at passerby
If he parks at animals or people passing by the living room window, manage his behavior by putting your dog in another place or room, or better yet, close the curtains.
If he barks at passerby when he’s in your yard, take him into the house. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG OUTSIDE UNSUPERVISED ALL DAY AND NIGHT.
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- Ignore the Barking
I know it’s hard but you got to ignore your canine’s barking for as long as it takes him to stop. That means you should never give him any attention at all while he’s barking.
Your attention only rewards him for being noisy.
Do not talk to him, don’t even look at him or touch him. Once he quiets down, even to take a breath, reward him with a treat.
To attain some degree of success with this method, you must remain calm and wait as long as it takes for him to quit the act. If he barks for two hours and you succumb to your frustration and yell at him, the next time he’ll probably bark for an hour and a half.
He learns that if he just barks long enough you’ll give him attention.
For Example: barking when confined
When you put your dog in his crate or in a gated room, turn your back and ignore him.
Once he stops barking, turn around, praise him, and give him a treat.
As he catches on that being quiet gets him a treat, lengthen the amount of time he must remain quiet before being rewarded.
Remember to start small by rewarding him for being quiet for just a few seconds, then working up to longer periods of quiet.
- Accustom your dog to the stimulus
Find out what it is, and then get your pup accustomed to the cause. Take baby steps by keeping it at a distance. It should be far enough away that he doesn’t bark when he sees it.
Next, feed him lots of good treats. Next, move the stimulus a bit closer (maybe as little as a couple of inches or a few feet to begin).
As soon as the stimulus is out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. You want your dog to learn that the appearance of the stimulus leads to good things (treats!).
- Teach your dog the “quiet” command
To successfully execute tis command, you need to first teach your dog to bark on command. Give your dog the command to “speak,” wait for him to bark two or three times, and then stick a tasty treat in front of his nose.
When he stops barking to sniff the treat, praise him and give him the treat. Repeat until he starts barking as soon as you say “speak.”
Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the “quiet” command. In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to “speak.” When he starts barking, say “quiet” and stick a treat in front of his nose. Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.
- Ask Your Dog to do Something Else
As your dog begins to bark, ask him to carry out an incompatible action. Teaching your puppy to react to barking stimuli with something inhibits him from barking, such as rolling over or lying down in his bed.
- Ensure Your Dog is Well Exercised
Chances are, a tired dog will most likely not want to bark out of frustration or boredom. Depending on his breed heath, and age, your dog may need many long walks as well as a good game of chasing the ball and playing with some chew or interactive toys to burn these energies out.