They love to bark, they do it joyfully when we speak to them, when we’re training and playing and even when they’re working. But is it? Or is it clear that they’re trying to influence my behavior because if I stand at the top of the stairs and say “Nih” (picture Monty Python’s Knights of Nih for the sharp sound that means “cut it out”), they’ll stop howling because they know I’m not coming down? Which brings home this point: there are two real types of dogs, barkers and talkers. If they sit in the livingroom, he’ll lie under the kitchen table and glare at them. When we come back from walks, he usually rests a minute then goes to check the backyard. It works so fast! We sure do. “Cats” were tiptoeing nocturnal animals and included cats (kitties), opossums (weird kitties) and skunks (stinky kitties). At first I thought she was picking up on Jill’s reaction, but she does it before Jill has even noticed the other dog. I think it is important that when we look to alter a natural behavior, we make sure that we are not laying a burden on the dog that is too heavy for it to bear genetically. As soon as we got our puppies at 8 weeks when they barked we would give them two barks then told them enthusiastically “Good job.” then calmly “That’s enough”. I hope. So this is another idea, FWIW. Which was always good for a laugh when done in front of others. Barking has been an issue off and on though and I really wanted him to stop when asked and we are slowly getting there. For the next week or so, when I found him being quiet, I raised my finger, said “quiet,” and popped a treat in his mouth. And he’s clever enough, we think, to get that general idea. Forgot account? Current lab, Cocoa, came to us very nervous, unsure of herself, and it was only after some weeks that she alarm-barked. I found that it helps Willie and Maggie to stop barking when I join them at the window, look in the same direction as they and very quietly say “Yes, I see that. He’s never aggressive with his food which is awesome. Just another example of teaching an incompatible behavior and changing the environment–they are much less likely to bark if they are standing at the window watching visitors get out of their car.). But no. And I worry about how other dogs will take that if she does it to one that can get to her. After reading this book by Patricia McConnell and listening to some of her teachings on YouTube, I am so impressed by her natural intellect concerning animal behavior and her true devotion to animals . Better living through chemistry. This is, of course, especially tricky with barking because dogs can do any number of things while still barking. They don’t tell strangers that dinner is late or something is out of place. I taught them to do a hurry-up potty (pee and run back to door, no dillydallying) and a great treat awaiting them *each* time, or I’d bridge with cheers all the way to the kitchen. Trisha can you ask Jim to video you and Willie barking at the Coyotes?? Occasionally I’ll have to tug on the collar to get them to come in happily to get the cookie, or gently tap the muzzle or chin as a reminder, but I’ve never had to do anymore than that. Patricia B. McConnell's profile 280 followers Patricia B. McConnell isn't a Goodreads Author ( yet ), but she does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from her feed. If it really works, it would seem to have some bad implications for behaviours that we do want that we put on cue. I have also seen her bark at quarry. Have any studies ever been done on whining/crying ? For a long time, as dog owners and trainers we've been told that this is a bad idea. The answer turned out to be yes. Our current rescue Pap came to us with super-barking already installed, and it’s been quite a task to quiet her down. I’d *pay* a fortune to have him back with me–smartest dog I’ve ever met, and my heart. After a good run in water, mud, and pollen, that order, the dog needs a bath. It’s how to stop the barking once one has been alerted or warned that is the challenge. When the conversation between humans gets animated, she joins in, with a specific high pitched little bark. Of course, he gets so much attention, he really doesn’t need to. When she started whining more I took her to multiple vets but no ne could find anything. Few people have a problem with a dog barking a few times. Sort of works, but then she drops the toy so she can bark some more. We try to limit the opportunities for shrieking, and we have learned to live with the squealing (I have a pkg of ear plugs in my purse). “Hey” is a good catch all. Recently , as in four days ago, adopted a four year old sheltie. Then, I started hesitating a split second before delivering the treat, and with time the hesitations got longer. Night. Of course, it’s not the dogs who are bothered by continuous barking. HOwwwever , the next time Sloopy did his barking the older dog engaged and that did it.It was that way until the older dog passed. The pauses are of in-between length when he really needs to go out. Our dogs recognized our car, those of our neighbors, and of course the UPS truck. Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash Aggressive Dog: McConnell PH.D., Patricia B, London PhD, Karen B: 9781891767074: Books - Amazon.ca HEYHEYHEYHEY!!! Or elicit the occasional ‘arggggh’ It’s an effective outlet for pent up frustration. How have you handled it? 6075 personas están hablando de esto. Finna on the other hand is something of a problem barker. Unfortunately, I had always let this behavior go on the street. Then when a situation arose where he would normally have barked, but didn’t, I was effusive with praise and rewards. Thanks again! Just remember that he’s finding himself in a situation where he truly can’t control himself; it’s the human’s responsibility to change the situation until you have a good bag of tricks to change his behavior. when my dog and I first moved he loved to bark out the window at the pigeons roosting on the opposite windows. Adopting Littermates... Don't September 2014. She also barks vigorously when anyone walks in the door (including us). This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. I believe, like our language, dogs have a variety of motivations. There’s a possum/bandicoot in the yard! She makes circles around the house, warning off any would be intruders with her thrice-repeated woofs. Thank you for another blog that made me laugh again! Taking him out another way wouldn’t retrain him so we could use the backyard again (so useful when you are ill or undressed). This raises the possibility that barking evolved specifically as a way to communicate with humans. They are like having 10 security guards here. You almost always have to try to come up with an alternate behavior that you can reward before the whining starts. I think I first saw dog barks translated as “hey!heyheyhey!” in a Gary Larson cartoon years ago. It has worked up to a point, and would probably work better if I could train myself not to join in, even when they start yelling when I am on the phone or in the bath! I tried a noise like BARR RARR RARR RARR but it had no effect. Our male was uber quiet and only barked when someone was at the door, which he learned from our female. A few things: I agree that it is not just small dogs that bark demandingly. (See The Cautious Canine for details on how to do it.). Once he understood that that was part of his job, he did it, dutifully. I’ve been thinking of all the different controlled vocalizations Jack has that are directed at his people: the soft “huff” to remind us a meal is running late, the sharp single bark to let us know that something in the house is out of place— an open door, a light left on that should be off, the frantic barking and leaping to get my fast attention if a member of his family– human or animal— is in distress, the tattle-tale bark to tell me when another pet is breaking a house rule. Corky, a standard poodle who was never socialized and wasn’t adopted until he was a year old, is insecure and watches out the window and his fence lines and barks at everything that moves. She does not find lying down or holding things in her mouth incompatible with barking like many other dogs do! Have you ever read Eileen’s blog? (I actually say Settle Down, which means pick a place, lie down and chill out.) (You can watch all the talks for a membership to SPARCS, although they were live streamed free around the world while they occurred.) My sheep even have a bark like noise when they are alarmed, that I suspect has the same function as most alarm barks: to threaten predators and alert the rest of the group. Privacy | He never barked, otherwise. It is definitely her way of talking/complaining but I’ve often wondered where that could come from in a dog’s behavior. I see no scientific reason why one bark can’t be an expression of internal state while a different bark is communicative. September 2016. It’s working well so far. Perhaps involving a human linguist would add a whole lot more to the study of dog barking than one might expect. Bone time! There’s the “Danger, danger, someone is in the back field, all hands on deck,” bark. If he does bark, I’ll whisper (modeling the behavior I want from him), “quiet”. They help a lot as you work to decrease your dogs’ reactivity, and to keep them less aroused when you’re not around. My youngest, who has a protective streak, pretty much only barks if he hears an unusual noise outside at night, in which case he has a deep chested bark that makes him sound like he weighs 80 lbs instead of 35. Pixie had been rather leash reactive when I first got her. I realized she did it if I asked her to “go,” but she didn’t need to. The nuances, however, vary by circumstance – by what they have to say. He’s very anxious and barks at anything and everything. In just a matter of weeks I will see dogs that start out in class hiding under a chair barking at everyone who got close to them, to a dog who wants to greet everyone in class with a wagging tail.” -Meredith Gage. She seems to just be reacting to stimulus, not conveying anything. No one reminds us of this better than our dogs. Hey!” He demand immediate gratification in all things and barks to be let out, let in, when he sees it’s time for food…I’m sure he thinks his name is Oh For Pete’s Sake, Shutup! And is the answer for people the the same as it it is for dogs? Though I suspect dogs have in their mind a concept of they want to communicate. See all formats and editions. Both hypotheses allow for nuanced interpretations. There is nothing like a howl from a Dane that was learned from a Missouri borne and bred beagle. She has also learned to make other more acceptable vocalizations, so now she sings to the bunny instead, which is pretty funny. The one to get me to play, the one when a dog walks by, when a cat walks by, the one for skate boarders, the one when I ask her to bark, and the one I heard only once when a man came out of the bushes on our last walk a few years ago. It’s a wonderful way of communicating, from alerting us to visitors, to signaling “help!”, to intimating individuals with dangerous intents. But I’m big on solutions that work, and love practical, simple solutions. Dog barking results from their association with us. I say “Enough,” he stops barking, although I sometimes have to work to keep him from starting again. Our books collection spans in multiple countries, allowing you to get the most less latency time to download any of our books like this one. I also wonder if the two hypotheses are truly mutually exclusive. Let us out!” I shouted (because I was outside and they were inside barking), “That’ll do!” Instant quiet. She just started last Friday & it takes a while to reach theraputic levels, so no change yet. Testimonials | When I had pet sitters, I insisted on long lines for quick potty breaks out the side/front doors. To change this behavior I stop the van every time they start barking. So they alerted to everything. When people come in the door, he keeps barking at them until they sit down and then will bark at them again if they move. My responses include making eye contact, turning toward her, getting up from my chair, scolding her, playing with her, letting her out and letting her back in, etc. Why does that work?” I said I don’t know, but I read it in Patricia’s memoir. Meryl Sheep, by the way, is doing great. But it is important to look at the big picture, especially I think if you have a dog who barks when he or she is aroused. Within three hours he had ceased barking and resorted to standing up, wagging, and growling at the pigeons, which was totally fine with me. October 2016. Always rerenshifg to hear a rational answer. My theory about barking accommodates both concepts, but you have to start not with dogs, but with humans. I asked them for this behavior about 4 times. But if he had company — ai yi yi. It has worked wonders. He likes the treats they give, but doesn’t trust them one bit. So I taught her to bark on cue by making a talking motion with my hand. One is perfect when it comes to the guard dog job – he has a “big boy” bark that is very impressive and when people come in the door, he is just so happy and would help the burglars load the truck in exchange for bum rubs. Her barks are so reflexive and seemingly mindless that they make us smile. After reading this book by Patricia McConnell and listening to some of her teachings on YouTube, I am so impressed by her natural intellect concerning animal behavior and her true devotion to animals . It does help if we are actually holdi g him on a leash all the time, as opposed to putting him on a cable, but that is also not practical when setting up camp or doing work. Now we don’t go out without treats and I always stage some so he knows they are there. We’ve tried the treat in front of the nose, and that often works, but not when mt. I would prefer that he announce “weird things” so that I can make my own assessment rather than he stay silent. Barking is more than just noise Barking is natural and almost all dogs bark. I’ve had good success with alert barking by teaching “Enough” and also teaching “Bark” and “Hush” on cue. I hadn’t known there were any books specific to barking. IMHE they barkiest dogs I know are the most insecure OR they are from typically “vocal” breeds. It only goes on after she starts barking and comes off after she stops. feisty fido help for the leash aggressive dog patricia b mcconnell is available in our book collection an online access to it is set as public so you can get it instantly. What is important to note is that both hypotheses allow for the receiver to be able to distinguish the context in which the bark is given. I did not recognize my dog on that last bark; it was a seriously dangerous bark, the man immediately walked backwards muttering he meant no harm. The new one is 2 feet wider and solid concrete, and we’re having fun watching them when somebody sneaks up on them! Your garden is beautiful, but how do you control any OCD tendencies you may have and not cut off the wool hanging down on the ground. I did want to add that I do believe that dogs ARE capable of wholly developed conscious thought, and are capable of expressing it. If he stays quiet from then on til the shoes are completely on — another reward. You’ve taken something away (your yelling) to increase the frequency of your dog being quiet. I snapped the picture because the second new ewe with lambs is now shedding, and has developed into her own version of “scraggly ewe,” albeit with even more style than Meryl Sheep. She’s all shed out, except for a tiny fluff of wool above her tail. Completely ignoring it was the key. He had worked at my house before and knew my former Danes, he didn’t know that they had passed and I had new ones. So I’d never dream of using a bark collar on a bulldog. Now we had a game. This cracked us up and the more we’d laugh the less she’d bark. I get treats.”. Isn’t language a way of communicating an emotional response to a stimuli within a context? She has not done this before or since. By the way, this blog obviously is not about how to deal with a barking problem, but here are two books that do a great job of it: The Bark Stops Here by Terry Ryan and Help! It’s probably something along the lines of “it depends on the context” or perhaps even something else entirely. I tried the “putting it on cue”, but just have the closed fist (open fist=bark) left and the word “quiet.” I’ve been most successful shaping the absence — if I’m putting on my shoes (clear indication of possible walk) and he doesn’t bark, he gets a reward for that. I have also done #6 with one of my dogs because that is just fun! She barks when she needs to go out. And would that any of my dogs could bark “gently!”. I’ll check them both out. I think there are as many different kinds of barks as there are dialects. The sound can be deafening & the roadways into the grounds can run for a couple of miles. Not a good thing when you are driving! I’m not sure if the UPS guy hates our dog because she hates him or the other way around. Here’s actually a clip of my Staffordshire Bull Terrier bitch demand barking. ;-), My dogs hardly bark at anything but I think Spot might be trying to tell me something here http://youtu.be/6NVtpvOA8lo, Athough he also barks at his kong if he can’t get the goodies out…. How do they do that?? I jump in and mark/reward then return to what I was doing till the barking starts up again. Enough said. That is the argument of Kathryn Lord, PhD, who made a compelling case for that interpretation at the SPARCS conference last month in Rhode Island. “I’m barking and I can’t be quiet” is a great description of my chihuahua mix. Love your flowers (in this post), your books, and your comments. As a little puppy he barked at my older dog to get a reaction. My favorites: Window/door barking (nuisance ie everyone walking by): Turn off dog TV by closing drapes/blinds or otherwise blocking; when dog quiets, say Good and turn dog TV back on. Patricia is known the world over for her clear and engaging. Log In. Next best is to quietly call them to me and ask them to settle down – lots of praise and treats went into teaching that. As soon as he stopped barking of his own accord for 2-3 seconds, I popped a treat in his mouth. Our fenced yard is not too big, but he never goes out unsupervised, we play together or I watch from the house or deck. Cocoa doesn’t bark for anything except someone at the door. Time will tell. If it is after 5pm (dinner time), he will put his head in my lap and groan. When we hear them yip-howling close to the farm I’d run outside and try barking like Tulip in hopes it would scare them away. Note that wolves do not bark at all. Hard work has paid off, indeed. They are most common when predators approach a nest or an animal’s young, and thus the adult is in danger but can’t run away without losing its young. Barking when excited about playing was a whole nother story. Has your dog ever growled while you were out walking when someone tried to pet her? Great information from Patricia McConnell. It could be a long week. ! I’m going to try the peanut butter. Suggestions? She will do the same thing standing over a toy before pouncing. My border collie mix does a “fake bark” where he goes to the window or the door and barks as if somebody’s there, and I can usually tell by the tone (not full energy) that he’s faking it, and especially if he looks over at me as if to say “Are you getting this? From “Yo, put my dinner bowl down already” to “Oh No No No, the UPS monster is walking up the driveway,” the motivations for barking are numerous and varied. Your email address will not be published. I always come home, so she is always reinforced. These guys make me laugh. However, I have one dog who is just noisy. As we head down the stairs he will stop at the landing (3 story house) and bark at us to hurry. Bone time! Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. My Irish terrier has learned from a friend’s dog to make a “ba-ROOO!” bark when he wants me to take him out to play. Amazing how we know a lot more than we are conscious of…. She barks anytime things are exciting. With rare exceptions, Method 2 is a lousy one. They certainly do. Harder to bark with a toy in your mouth…. Paperback – June 1, 2003. by Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D. (Author), Karen B. London Ph.D. (Author) 4.5 out of 5 stars 373 ratings. Publisher: First Stone, 2010. It’s pretty raunchy and over the top but the writer really knows dogs and every episode has something in it where I go “That’s so true!”. And what does it mean that one always starts the howling and her sister may not chime in for a minute or two? I taught my yappy chihuahua terrier mix what the word “Quiet” means. I stood next to him as someone slid a notice between the door and door frame, verrry slowly. She will happily alert me to anything out of the ordinary, and, as many others have said, that seems to be most easily stopped by getting up to check out the strange thing and let her know that everything is handled. Oh Laceyh, don’t pick on little dogs. Little Sloopy was relentless and even when the older dog walked away he would keep at it. Our neighbor had an Akita that had in-and-out access when they were gone via a doggy door. However, I know with these three that if I do manage to keep my energy in check, they will respond much faster. By the way, I wrote about this issue in 2009, but I revisit it now because it is so interesting and we still have a long way to go to sort it all out. You can appreciate her prowess in solving real life dog problems with techniques that are completely reasonable. Facebook. I told my daughter to try it. Our site gives you recommendations for downloading video that fits your interests. Very interesting that the scientists tend to think the two hypotheses are mutually exclusive, while anecdotally the commenters generally think a bark/vocalization could be both. just for that occasion. while the good dogs quietly wait, Mad Millie yells at me and she had a very nasty sharp bark. ), I’d guess that I’ve used this and Method #5 more than any other two, both in my career as a behaviorist and as a dog owner myself. Taz, the rotten-lab has a huge big scary loud bark. The dogs are working animals and not pets and are a valuable part of my livestock. Her response: “Oh my god! Jack’s “I think you forgot to feed the dogs” huff is the same whether it’s breakfast or dinner he’s missing. One more to mention since my old girl is losing hearing but still loves a full-throated bark at the cat going by the window: I’ve taught her a calm hand placed on her haunches for Enough; it also helps me redirect/reassure her. He will stand and bark at his box of toys…”Yap! I deliberately keep the process of calling and leashing Jill as calm as I can, but there has been the odd occasion when things have got fraught – for whatever reason, Sophy has taken on the responsibility of alerting the rest of us. It is a high-pitched bark; like a play bark. If we do something else he will look at us and bark some more. My dog has whined to communicate since she was a pup which I thought was cute for 5 minutes. Also have done the walk up/look/got it thanks method with some success. This parallels the hypothesis of Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, who argues that the barks of domestic dogs are related more to context than to the dog’s emotional state. Loves everyone that he already knows. This resulted in a dog who would run to her crate and bark at the back wall or run into the kitchen and bark at the sink. Asking for different behavior sees no reduction in her noise level. My “Energizer Beagle,” Annie, demands barks when 1) someone is in HER spot on the couch, 2) when Angel, foster Dachshund, is snuggled under the chair blanket and Annie doesn’t want her to bark at her (Annie) who wants in the chair, too, and 3) when Mom (moi) left her locked behind a gate or in her crate. If they are one of those dogs that doesn’t like to down, will that leave them standing and unable to relax? Plus, he’s even a baby when it comes to our cat. Anyone see that youtube video from a couple of years ago, where the oriental woman taught her dog to bark softer and softer? Will he stand (or down) around his owner if they don’t give the sit cue? He’s smart and figured it out very quickly. I did that. We feel terrible about doing this and call it her timeout but she seems unfazed and is less stressed being away from the stimulus. Anyone tried it? We simply call her to come which removes her from the window. He barks at Corky if Corky is lying down – “Play! So true, but that doesn’t tell us anything about what is behind the vocalization itself, whether it began as an expression of emotion (and still mostly is), or in reference to something external. A couple times, it’s even seemed to scare him. I could always call him back, but then he didn’t get a chance to pee. We allow feisty fido help for the leash aggressive dog patricia b mcconnell and numerous books collections from fictions to scientific research in any way. Over time the Sammy has made huge progress. Interesting issue about that–that dogs often bark when they want something. . I’m old and sassy enough to tell owners that if they’ve ever talked during a church sermon or wedding ceremony,their dog should be allowed to bark outside. Danica: I will keep the image of your deaf dog “barking gently at the sky” with me all day. First, keep in mind that bulldogs were originally bred specifically to be impervious to negative consequences (as were many breeds in the working group. Except, as a person playing a dog, she doesn’t say BARRR RARRR or WOOF. In this case the dog is providing information to the recipient(s). What to do? A few years ago, I did hear a bark that immediately had me flying downstairs, yelling, “Snake!”. It's scientific and it works. We always knew they were home because the dog didn’t bark, but when they weren’t home, oh my! Other popular punishments include spraying with water or “bark collars” that shock the dog when it barks, either automatically or because the owner hit the button. . I tried obedience class, but my dog was expelled. It was easy to teach, and it feels as though it is easier for the dogs to do than stand at the door and not bark. Log In. She also sometimes barks at toys. The problem with trying to extinguish it is that if a dog, say, whines to go out, eventually you ARE going to let him out, so trying to get him to understand why the whine didn’t work is complex. Even if she is in another part of the house she comes running and barking as soon as she hears an ad begin. Plus I don’t like the constant noise that he makes when he engages. And he communicates constantly. her guard dog abilities are pretty non-existing, but mostly I don’t mind that! We are two floors up in the back with steep stairs I cannot navigate at night so hmmm? Fall fun this week in the blog. Have you read Patricia’s memoir, The Education of Will? Mental exercises (i.e., box work), rules and structure, and a solid “place” command will alleviate nuisance barking. But when he was excited about play, he had an awful shatter-glass bark. I do think that dog barks express an emotional state, and I do think that dogs use their barks deliberately to prompt desired action from their social partners (dog and human). It’s a lack of coping skills and mental problem solving to alleviate stress. What has worked best, or not worked at all? The next morning he led me to black bear tracks. Those three also grunt, moan, chuff and have fabulous body language. I have two dogs who are very verbal; my mother-in-law used to comment on one’s extensive “vocabulary.” I believe they engage in both forms of barking. Four months later I can just say “enough”. He does not bark at every passing person or dog outside, he does not bark when someone comes to the door. My border collie, Zoe, is barking at a squirrel as I type this. She barks at anyone who comes in but it’s just a plea for a belly rub, and she settles down after that. 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