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Old 04-10-2016, 07:09 PM
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Hello,

Well I think Archie is suddenly becoming a barker at random passer byers through the french double doors. I live in a first floor flat near a busy road, we get a fair bit of walkers go by especially with dogs. But he doesn't bark at all dogs.

He never use to do it, so I was wondering if anyone has any tips to stop this? He doesn't do it with everyone, and haven't noticed him doing it at night. I just don't want this to progress into a dog that barks at everything that walks by.

One website advises to put film on windows so they can't see out, therefore won't know what he's missing out on. Do you think I should put a black film at the bottom of the double doors to reduce this behaviour? Or anything else? It's not like I don't let him out, we walk 3 times a day every day.

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I took the easy way and covered the window. In a few months, we'll be moving to the country and I'll WANT him to alert for every person that comes by. lol Somehow he seems to know the difference.
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We are in our fifth wheel at a place on a lake where we have other campers, fishers, boats being put on boat ramps and any other activity on holidays you can think of during the day and weekends going well in the early hours. Then lets not forget my chis favorite thing to see and communicate with; the Florida birds here on the lake. One of my chis barks at all of it but mostly at the other couple dogs that are in nearby full time campers. We did try to move her other areas where she can't see and covered our window over our bed (which she can have a first class view of everything) but she will still jump all over the place to find the view if it's obstructed from her. The noise is the first thing to alert her so there is no escape here. At first, I tried to just tap her nose to get her attention while my husband tried barking back at her (ps-not a help). Tapping her nose and saying firmly, "no" does work but takes a lot of time. It is funny because when she becomes aware you are watching her she will sort of suck the bark back in while watching us so it becomes a silent 'arf' lol. We appreciate the control (smile). Now I am very happy that she barks; sometimes it is really helpful when pets come near and hang around outside the area we have. I know it can be annoying in a flat though if it goes on. Putting a blind should work most of the time. The rest of the time just relax about it and hold them some moments, distract or even just remove from that spot for some time. We have a great network of respectful pet owners here actually but sometimes the large dog owners will call one of my chis 'yappy'; really gets my goat. The only reason my chi barks is in response to their dogs communicating loudly all night and running free around here. However I just laugh it off with them and let it slide then don't stress it. We all have dogs after all. They are going to bark.
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Yeah I know it's a normal dog response but don't want it to escalate to be a typical chihuahua trait.
Maybe over analysing this and should let him be


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Actually just had a thought it might be the builders as they're making a lot of noise in a nearby building and walking around a lot. I have a day off work today so will see whether this is the cause


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My dogs bark at noise more so than at the motion of people passing by. So maybe it is the building that's going on that's setting your dog off.

I don't know that there's any way to curb the barking other than to train "Quiet!" after the initial bark.
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Mine started doing this at about the same age as Archie and like you I didn't want him becoming yappy. Every day we would sit by the window and we would practice watching people and dogs quietly. If he was quiet I would give him a treat, if he barked, no treat. When we weren't practicing I'd keep the window shut so he couldn't practice the wrong things. Now he loves to sit in the window most of the daytime (I swear he's part cat) and he's very quiet.

I think a lot of it has to do with excitement and mine gets extra excited if it's noisy too so maybe it's the added noise.
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Thank you all for the help!
I think I've lacked on the continuous training because I did praise him when he was looking out the window, and any noise then would defer him (not scold).
So will attempt that again


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