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Q: Quieting a barking chihuahua?

May 18, 2009 | By Erin C. | 5 answers | Expired: 1918 days ago

Erin C.

With the warmer weather here, the windows are open and my chihuahua finds it necessary to bark at EVERY sound she hears. We live across from a park, so there's always someone for her to bark at. Any ideas on how to cut down on this, other than closing our windows all summer? (By the way, she's smart enough to figure out that if I give her a treat to stop barking, that she will then bark just to get a cookie when she stops!) Any help would be appreciated!

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Elisa D.
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May 22, 2009

The time out suggestion is good, but first I would do this: the first time she barks, go see what she's barking at and then say "Thank you. That's enough." and then walk off. If she barks again, tell her "that's enough." If she doesn't listen, then put her in time out. So she gets the message that you appreciate her protecting the pack but that you have deemed it not something to worry about (you as the alpha are fine with it). And also think about how much attention you actually give her. Because you might be giving her too much, where you are communicating that she's the alpha and not you. I recommend the book, "The Dog Listener" by Jan Fennell and "The Other End of the Leash" by Pat McConnell. Both books give a lot of insight into how dogs think and the second provided me with insight into how I think/react differently than a dog on a very basic level. The first book will also give you training tips and a non-verbal way of establishing yourself as your dog's alpha.

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Norrie
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May 22, 2009

I would have to agree with Jillian but I would say to the dog the minute she starts to bark; a very abrupt-SHH! before putting her on a time out. As Jillian sais, you have to do it each time. Consistancy is so important with pets and children and as time consuming as it is, it pays off.

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erica m.
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May 18, 2009

with chihuahua's i know this may not be the best advice, but you know they love attention. so maybe you should give her alot of attention to take her mind off of the people outside. if you occupy her time she will tune out others, and also you and your doggie will be spending time together. i think your dog wants more attention from you.

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Jillian
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May 18, 2009

every time your dog barks, skip the cookie and give her a time out. remove her from the room, so shes all alone in a boring bathroom or something similar, for two minutes. do this every single time.

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Theresa L.
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May 18, 2009

Caesar Milan.... and if you find the answer, I'll take the advice too! I have a barking MinPin, and nothing has worked yet... I'm 1 bark short of calling Caesar Milan in for help :)

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