call2arms wrote:There is a quiet command.
When she barks on command, there's no problem stopping her (she never barks spontaneously).
When she whines because she is anxious (which she did not do before we opened Pandora's box of sound), nothing works, except maybe stuffing her mouth with a pair of sucks and taping it shut with duct tape (and even there she'd probably whine through her nose).
I was just saying that as a warning, I used to have a completely silent dog, and I actually enjoyed it.
I had the same problem with my last dog...I'm not sure he even knew he was whining...so it was hard to get rid of the behavior. He was anxious to start with...and once I started teaching "speak"...he got to whining all of the time. Sucked big time.
Erin, just looking for some ideas since I don't want to use corrections with Nemo just yet...how were you able to teach the quiet command...
On a side note, we started doing some stuff with the clicker, and he's taking to it BEAUTIFULLY. He's already pretty much learned watch me!
Yea for Nemo!
Basically, I started with c/t for no noise at all. At first it was only for about a millisecond with Inara in the car...she used to SCREAM. So I would c/t when she took a breath. Within a few weeks, she was up to 30 minutes of quiet...and soon it was almost completely quiet in the car. She rarely makes noise now. I used the same thing in general with her...not just in the car, but that was the worst of it.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw