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Q: How do I get my dogs to quit barking when they see people/anything moving ?

July 25, 2012 | By Robbyn33 | 3 answers | Expired: 615 days ago

I have2 cairn terrier brothers that are two years old. I can't even walk them anymore because they bark at people or animals, Everytime they see a jogger they just go nuts. I wanna be able to walk them without being embarrassed!

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Kelly
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Jul 31, 2012

Cairns have a strong hunting instinct.Because they have a natural instinct to stalk, catch, and kill prey, they may have a predatory aggression to people and animals on the move. Also, this breed is known for excessive barking anyway. If they're barking because they're afraid, you can desensitize them by having someone approach them slowly and then you give a reward treat when they relax and stop barking. Once you do that for a while, then let the approaching person be the one to give them reward treats when they relax and stop barking. This would have to be repeated over and over to retrain them that barking is not acceptable and that good things come their way when they don't bark at strangers. Another option is to redirect their attention when they start barking.As soon as they begin to bark, throw a ball, use a high-pitched whistle, call their names and say "watch me!", or something similar to get their attention. When they focus on you and stop barking, reward their behavior. If all else fails, you might want to consider a professional trainer.

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jul 30, 2012

You need to enlist the help of others to help your dogs learn not to bark. I don't read that they try to bite anyone, just bark. It could be that they just want to participate and have people pay attention to them. I used to have a dog that did that. She sounded vicious and scared everyone, but she just wanted to play and get attention. Let them meet people willing to participate in your training or enlist the help of some friends. Give the people treats to present to the dogs when they greet them without barking. If they bark, have the people turn and walk away. Reward good behavior and ignore bad. Be consistent. All dogs, regardless of their size, should be trained to be good neighbors and citizens so they'll be safe in any situation.

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Ches21
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Jul 26, 2012

are they neutered if not that might be the problem also try walking them sepertly one at a time to see if they act diffrently on walks when apart when you tell them no be stern if it turns out one is misbahing just because the other is then you only have to train one of them take some one else with you walk one dog and have a friend come along and walk the other you can also try clicker training or motavating them to behave properly on walks with treats.

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