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Old 10-21-2015, 12:37 PM
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Phoebe, my baby Chi is 5 months old and we've had her for 2 weeks.

She has settled in wonderfully, but has found her bark!

We have 2 cats and need to leave the porch door open for them. It's enclosed, so very safe but people walk passed on occasion. When this happens, Phoebe barks. She also barks at friends visiting which I just find rude! She also barks at her other mommy when she gets home from work!

I know a few Chi owners and have to admit I was put of getting one of my own due to their incessant barking. I have read that there are ways to stop the barking, but I'd love to hear from owners and find out what really works.

Every time Phoebe barks, I pop her back in her crate for a time out, but I don't think she's learning from that.....
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:36 PM
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I don't have any magic anti-barking tools, but I do know that using a crate for anything negative is a bad idea. The crate should be the best, safest happiest place in the world for a pup. If it is not, it will not be a very useful tool. It should mean relaxation rather than stress.

My other thought is that dogs bark because they are feeling a big emotion. Depending on why she is barking, there may be different solutions to stop it. She is likely either just alert barking or is really unsure of other people. My dog alarm barked every day when my husband got home from work until he got too deaf to hear him come in. He stopped as soon as he was satisfied that it was him, which meant smelling him up close. If Phoebe is unsure of people, the solution is socialization!
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I don't have any magic anti-barking tools, but I do know that using a crate for anything negative is a bad idea. The crate should be the best, safest happiest place in the world for a pup. If it is not, it will not be a very useful tool. It should mean relaxation rather than stress
Thank you. That makes complete sense

More socializing it is!
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:22 PM
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There is an article on here about groweling/barking. Barking varies from dog to dog regardless of the breed. I have 4 chi's, one of my chi's never barks at all. Chihuahuas get a bad rep because people assume they are yappy. And don't get me wrong...some are. It really all has to do with the dogs individual personality. It may be rude to you when your dog barks at guests, but your dog isn't barking to be rude. There is a reason, always a reason why dogs bark. Many of our members have raved about puppy socialization classes. It wouldn't hurt to try that if your dog barking is going to be a major issue for you. Dogs also bark to communicate 😊, it's their way of communicating with their humans and with other animals, just like people talk. And some people talk too much 😂😂. If you find the article on here, you'll get a better understanding. Also, next time try having your gets come in and sit down on the floor to get to Phoebe's level and offer her a treat, no reaching at her or trying to pick her up, just calm demeanor and reward. Repeat this, and hopefully phoebe will associate "welcomed" guests with positivity and rewards. Good luck!

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I completely agree with both responses above. Not all chihuahuas are crazy barkers, but with them being so tiny, they do have a tendency to be fearful and suspicious of strangers so socialisation (a lot of it) is very important with them. Like Meoshia said, Phoebe isn't being rude. She's just trying to communicate something and the key is to look into why she's doing it in order to stop it. And I agree with her, getting guests to kneel or sit on the floor at Phoebe's level and feed her treats is a great idea.

As for barking at her other mum when she gets home from work, she probably does it out of excitement. The best is for both of you to ignore her completely until she's calmed down (as hard as it may be!) so as to not reward her barking. No petting, no talking, no eye contact. Then when she stops barking, acknowledge her, praise her and give her a treat. I had to do that with my chis and it worked.
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