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A lot of my time is spent watching dogs and their owners interact. I learn a lot when I watch and listen. Recently, I was reminded why not to give a name to unwanted behaviors. A client came in with her very loud Labrador Retriever. She proceeded to tell me that her Lab wouldn't stop barking. No matter how many times she said or yelled "Quiet!!!" the Lab barked, usually the second she said "Quiet." Credit: Getty Creative The Lab had associated that the name of the behavior of barking was named "Quiet." He heard the owner say "Quiet" every time he barked so it must mean that he was doing it right. RELATED: How to Train a Problem Barker Sometimes, it is hard to wrap our human brains around...

How to Train a Problem Barker

Nuisance barking can be a big problem for owners. No one wants to be the neighbor with the crazy barking dog. If you want to improve your dog's behavior, you first have to understand it. Dogs have different barks for different behaviors. Dogs will bark to alert, for attention or out of frustration and many will bark or howl when left alone. Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: To Treat or Not to Treat Barking is very hard for pet parents to work through, because a lot of our instincts end up reinforcing the behavior. For example, take a dog who is barking at a strange dog or person on the street. As nurturing human beings, pet parents often think they should sooth and calm him with petting,...

Ask any trainer how they teach classes, and they will give you some well put together statement about how to provide instruction. "Say it, show it, do it" might be my response. They will skillfully show you how to get your dog motivated and set up for success as they model careful techniques based on movement and well-crafted exercises to teach your dog a new skill. Combined with positive reinforcement, the dog will learn the exercise and ultimately begin to predict the desired behavior. Credit: Getty Creative Now watch them work their own dog. What does the trainer do to train his own dog? He goes out and plays a game with him. Any great dog trainer can tell you: Dogs and owners who play...