For the last month or so I’ve been talking about Leroy’s barking issue that we have when he’s out in the backyard and a few weeks ago I made my first call to the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM to see if one of their professional dog trainers could give us some help because the barking had gotten quite annoying.
Since that call I’ve been using the advice that the trainer gave us and rewarding Leroy’s good behavior when we are outside with special treats.
If Leroy’s not barking he gets rewarded.
Leroy caught onto this pretty quickly, which was surprising to me because he has never been very food or treat motivated.
As I talked about in our last post about the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM, this new found motivation kind of created another problem, which was Leroy following me around the yard for a treat.
That issue worked itself out after about a week as I weaned away the treats and used more affection as a reward. A good chest and head rub works just as well as treats for Leroy.
And everything is going good with the barking.
The barking hasn’t completely stopped but it is much, much, much less.
So much less that last week, when my neighbor was having a new roof put on her house, Leroy only barked a handful of times at them, and that was good because they were there for the whole week. And they were making tons of noise and walking back and forth all day long.
I was proud of him and overall, I was happy with the service that I received from the trainer from the AKC GoodDog! HelplineSM. When I made my first call in I was greeted kindly and I felt like the trainer had all the time in the world to talk with me about Leroy’s barking issue. Some of the techniques that she gave me at first, were ones that I had already tried but she had a list of other techniques and was very knowledgeable when explaining them to me.
I wouldn’t hesitate to call in again, if and when other issues arise.
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