reinforcing labrador barking habits

Barking Habits – Are You Reinforcing Your Labrador’s Barking?

In February 26, 2014

Curb your Labrador’s barking habits

Is your lab a constant barker?? Do they bark at everything from the sun to their own foot??? Barking is a natural reflex in dogs, but, there are ways to curb excessive barking. And some people don’t even realize that they are in fact reinforcing their lab’s barking habits!!

Leslie and her dog- Endless Mt. Labradors

Whoops! Barking Reinforced

Barking is a natural instinct for dogs to alert the pack to check something out. They are looking for a reaction from you, the leader. By responding with a “Stop!” or “Stop barking!” you just *barked* back a reaction to them.  WHOOPS!  Behavior reinforced.

The best thing to do is give a command after the bark to do something else like “Sit”, and then reward the QUIET response to your command.  The key here is showing the dog they are rewarded for being quiet, not for the barking.

Dock and Reina- Endless Mt. Labradors

Here’s to keeping this post short, and to the point! 😉

Pawprint- Endless Mt. Labradors

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