Tips to Get Dogs to Listen Better and Stop Barking in the Yard

By: David Codr

Published Date: July 8, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we helped a pair of Goldendoodle brothers; Snicker (right) and Doodle, training them to listen better and not bark at the neighbor’s dog.

Snicker and Doodle used to hang out in the back yard without barking, but after being attacked by the neighbor’s dog a few times, they now bark in the back yard and their listening skills have deteriorated.

As Omaha’s dog behavior expert, anytime I have a client dog who doesnt want to listen, my goal is to create a situation where it is rewarding for the dog to do what the human wants. A great way to do this is with a little clicker training. I handed the guardians my camera so they could film me sharing tips on how to use a clicker to motivate a dog to want to listen to its humans. I also included a bonus section with a secret to stopping a dog from barking at another dog.

Id like the guardians to start out with the basic clicker training outlined in the above free positive dog training video for a week before they start to do the click for looks method I discussed. This will help increase the dog’s attention and help the dogs practice listening and being rewarded for doing so. This way the dog wants to do what the humans want and everyone is happy.

Then when the guardians add in the click for looks technique, the dogs will be dialed in the clicker sound and concept. This is an easy way to stop dogs from barking in the yard and works really well on stopping dog on dog reactivitiy or aggressive behavior. Not only is the click for looks method effective, its super easy, anyone can do it even if you arent a professional Goldendoodle dog trainer.

I don’t think Snicker or Doodle are aggressive dogs at all. They stressed and acting out due to the negative experiences they had with the neighbor’s dog and a little confused about their role in the home. I made a number of suggestions that would help change that like using a few different tools such as a Martingale collar that should reduce their stress and frustration while also keeping them from slipping the collar or harness.

To help the humans remember all the dog behavior advice I shared in this Omaha in home dog training session, we recorded a roadmap to success video that you can watch below.

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This post was written by: David Codr

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