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  1. My one year old dog barks when friends come over and won't stop until we put him in the backyard. How do we make him stop?
  2. My 7 wk old puppy cries when we leave him in the kitchen at night. How can I help him feel better while he is alone?
  3. My dog barks every time she is put outside alone. She's fine if we are with her, but we can't always stay out with her. Any suggestions?
  4. How do I teach my dog to stop barking so much and not to run towards visitors?



  1. My one year old dog barks when friends come over and won't stop until we put him in the backyard. How do we make him stop?
    Until your dog learns how to stop barking, I would put him in the bedroom or backyard before he starts to bark. Put him there before the visitors come, if you can. Then, try this. 1. It's important that you plan your teaching times. Don't do this when you are expecting visitors. 2. Put your dog's favorite treats in your pocket. Put a leash on your dog and take him to the front door. Tell him to sit, and then give him a treat. 3. Do this two or three times, then stop. Later in the day, try it again. Do this 2 or 3 times a day, so he learns that sitting near the front door gets him food. Do this for a few days until he is consistent. 4. Now, after he is sitting for treats near the front door, have a friend knock on the door or ring the doorbell. Go with your dog to the front door and have him sit for a treat. Then open the door and let your friend in. Then give your dog another treat. Remember to praise him. Then go out of the room and repeat this with your friend knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell. 5. Once he does this with friends at the door, start doing it when people come over. The most important thing to do now, is to put a leash on him for control. If you know someone is coming over, be ready with the leash. Always have the leash ready, so if you get a surprise visit, you can put the leash on. 6. Try to choose treats he really likes, and you might keep them only for this exercise (don't use at other times) so he will be very motivated to get them. Cody loves spaghetti noodles and will do anything for them! Don't wait too long to teach your dog to stop barking or he will develop this as a habit and it will be harder to break.
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  2. My 7 wk old puppy cries when we leave him in the kitchen at night. How can I help him feel better while he is alone?
    Your puppy is very lonely. He is in a new place without his brothers and sisters. The best thing would be to get a crate and put it in your bedroom. Put a nice blanket in it and let your dog sleep there at night. He will hear you breathing and not be lonely. You and your puppy will bond better if he is with you. It is a good idea to teach your puppy to be alone, but you can do that during the day for short periods of time and then increase the time he is alone gradually. If you absolutely have to leave your pup in the kitchen, try turning on a radio or put a ticking clock nearby. Get a towel that has your family's smells on it let him sleep on that. You can also put a chew toy in the crate, if that helps. Good luck!
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  3. My dog barks every time she is put outside alone. She's fine if we are with her, but we can't always stay out with her. Any suggestions?
    Dogs are very social creatures and really don't like being left alone. That's why they bond so much better when they spend lots of time in the house. They need to be with their family and usually they are happy when they are with them. However, a dog should be able to go outside for a little while without getting upset. Try this: Begin by teaching your dog to "Stay" or "Wait". Either one will work.This may take several weeks. Then start teaching your dog to stay when he can't see you. But start in the house with your dog in a crate or in a room with a gate across the door. Tell him, "Stay (or wait), good boy," and then go where he can't see you. Only be gone for a few seconds. Come back and reward your dog with hugs and kisses. Keep doing this a few times a day and increase the time he is alone slowly so that eventually he is happy staying alone for 15 minutes or longer. When he is good at that, move outside and start all over with very short amounts of time. Always reward him when he does well, even if it is not for long periods of time.
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  4. How do I teach my dog to stop barking so much and not to run towards visitors?
    I'm assuming these things happen at the same time: your dog sees a stranger, barks at them, and then run towards them. First of all, your dog should always be on a leash. If he is, he cannot run to strangers. If he is pulling on the leash, make him sit. Usually sitting will cause a dog to not bark so much, but he might still bark. It's a pretty natural thing for him to do. If he won't sit, you have some training to do. The best thing you can do to solve this problem is to take your dog to obedience classes where he will get used to other dogs. Most people only take one 6 or 8 week class, but the best thing to do is keep taking classes. If you can't, then just try to spend time with other dogs with whom your dog gets along. There are lots of lessons on this website, too. Check out this page: Obedience Lessons.
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