09-28-2007 01:40 PM
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10-11-2007 02:55 AM
I also taught her to use her "indoor voice" by mimicking a soft "woof," saying "indoor voice," and giving her a treat when she "got it." Now, the only time she barks out loud is when the UPS truck comes (she has a two-bark UPS alarm -- just enough to let us know it's there) or when someone comes to the door...but again, just enough to alert us that someone is there. She doesn't continue barking because she knows she has done her job in letting us know, and that we'll deal with it.
Occasionally, she will "forget" and bark if she hears a new sound; so I taught her "Shush" by saying "Shush" while holding my finger perpendicular to my mouth like you'd say "shhhh" to a child. The first time I said it (I didn't yell it, but said it in an authoritative voice), it startled her and she stopped barking. I immediately praised her and said, "Good shush!!" and gave her a treat. It didn't take long for her to learn what "shush" meant and what was expected of her.
If someone comes to the door that we know, we tell Mindy, "It's okay...they're supposed to be here," in a matter-of-fact tone. She caught on very quickly.
Aussie's are very intelligent, and if you're patient and don't raise your voice (the equivalent of you joining in on the barking), try not to let your frustration show, and remain calm and confident, I'm sure your dog will learn what you want from him.*S*