You can teach him to be quiet on command, or in certain situations. You can use the Remote Trainer to limit barking by training the dog to stop barking when he hears the word "Quiet!" (or another command of your choice).
Lesson Plan to Control Barking
Set the intensity to the level you selected for your dog in the section "Intensity Selection Tips." Put the dog in a situation where you know he'll bark. When he begins to bark, give your command to be quiet in a stern voice and then press the continuous stimulation button. Release it a moment later. Repeat this several times until the dog will stop barking when he hears the command to be quiet. Repeat this procedure on different days. If possible, find various situations that cause the dog to bark. Sometimes do not give the command to be quiet; instead let the dog bark. In other words, don't correct every time the dog barks, but at this stage of training, always correct if you have given the command to be quiet.
If, by the end of your second training session, you find that the dog doesn't stop barking when you press the button, set the intensity to the next higher level. Repeat the procedure. After a week of this training, don't press the button after the first time you give the command to stop barking. Instead, wait to see if the dog stops barking when he hears your command. Now, if he continues to bark after one such warning, repeat the command, and press the stimulation button.
Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter
A Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter is another way to control your dog's barking. It applies mild stimulation automatically each time the dog barks, causing discomfort which he learns to associate with his own barking. The dog quickly learns that he prevents this mild discomfort by not barking.
When the dog wears a Tri-Tronics Bark Limiter, you don't have to get personally involved in correcting the dog for barking. The dog causes his own correction by barking, and he's corrected every time he barks. This consistent pattern makes it easy for him to learn not to bark while he is wearing the Bark Limiter.
Some dogs should bark as a normal part of the work they do, such as hounds and protection dogs. For these dogs, it can be preferable to start no-bark training with a be-quiet command backed up with a Remote Trainer (as described on page 15), rather than with a Bark Limiter.
Controlling Barking - Summary of Steps
- Use a pre-selected intensity level.
- Put the dog in a situation which will cause him to bark.
- Say "Quiet!" and press the continuous stimulation button. Release it a moment later.
- Repeat this several times in the first session.
- Repeat this lesson for a week, finding different things to cause barking. Do not correct every barking episode.
- If the dog isn't responding after two sessions, increase the intensity by one level.
- After a week of lessons, don't press the button at all with the first "Quiet!" command. Press the button only if you must repeat the command.
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