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Any advice?

November 17, 2008 | By Megan S. | 2 comments

Marley is (clearly) on the left. :)

Hello! I am hoping a few fellow lab-lovers can offer me some advice. I have a 1-yr old American yellow labrador (Marley). He is not your traditional chunky lab, he is slim and muscular and huge. :) My problem with Marley is that he is extremely vocal. He barks at me and my husband very frequently, especially if we are showing one another any type of affection. A simple hug will send Marley into fits of barking and jumping. I understand that he feels that he needs attention and may be jealous, but I would really like some advice on how to discourage this behavior. I can understand his need to bark at passing walkers and their pets outside, but I really don't like him barking at us all the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

-Megan
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mary m.
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mary m.
5 years ago

it's important to get this under control. some dogs can become quite possessive with one of their owners and not allow anyone else to get to close to them. i'd suggest consulting a trainer or at least trying the "nothing in life is free" approach where the dog must obey a command to get everything he desires (food, toys, petting, go outside). you can have the dog do a simple sit, down, shake prior to getting anything. good luck!

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.
5 years ago

Hi Megan,

I have an article that describes why your dog may be barking and how to train a dog the "stop barking" command. Unfortunately, I cannot post it to the discussion board, so I will send it to you privately.

Fondly,
Cheryl D.

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