katiek0417 wrote:SisMorphine wrote:mnp13 wrote:I second the use of a "leave it" command.
Two or three barks are ok at my house, after that I've had enough!
Personally I would prefer a dog who would bark only when things feel . . . wrong. Not at everything and anything. I would be correcting for the innapropriate barking and praising for the barking that isn't annoying. i would think you'd have to be consistant, though, on what barking is okay and what isn't.
I always allow Nisha to bark a few times if SHE hears something. This is not a me-based decision. Her hearing is much keener than mine, she has often heard people coming towards my house before I have.
Many dogs can hear things before their human owners (has to do with sound wave vibrations and frequencies)....so, I don't correct unless it become incessant...
I agree. My dogs hear things I don't. I live in a nice neighborhood but there is always the possibility of crime. I have no problem with them barking to alert. None of them just to be barking though, there is always something that they see or hear. For the most part they bark until we are aware of what they are barking at. They will bark, then look at me like "come look at this!", once I acknowledge what they are seeing the quit for the most part, maybe a couple more barks but that is it. Outside is a different story though, they will bark until I bring them inside. Like I said I have no problem with it, I WANT people to know I have dogs here & to wonder if they will bite or not. They won't but not every one knows that, I'm ok with that.