Our puppy who is almost 5 months old is now barking at other dogs. He acts like a total maniac! I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help fix this puppy barking problem. The biggest thing is that I want him to look at the other dog but not bark. Many trainers will retrain the dog to look at them, but honestly, dogs will be in our lives and I want Blaze to look just not act like a fool.
Rule #1: Always have yummy treats
If you dont have treats, you can’t fix the problem, trust me. You wont need them forever, but initially you do.
Rule #2: Dont correct
The puppy is young, he doesn’t know, he just wants to play 🙂
Rule #3: Reward that first look without a bark.
Its rare that dogs will look at freak out immediately. They usually do some posturing first. Your goal is to reward before that posturing even. Use your clicker or marker word “yes” and get that treat in as fast as you can. The trick to this is being very aware of your surroundings. Make sure you are on the look out for other dogs and dogs behind fences so that you can practice the behavior.
As your dog gets more advanced and begins checking in with you rather than barking when they see that other dog, then you can ask if your dog can say hello or just feed a treat and be on your way. Over time you can fade out the treats just don’t do it too soon or your puppy barking problem might return!