Basic Training - No Barking

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Basic Training -  No Barking

This is sometimes a tough one. Some dogs are simply more vocal than others. A dog barking constantly can be very annoying both to yourself and to neighbors. It seems to be a dog's nature that when they hear another dog bark, they must respond. You can imagine with 10 Labs in the country, where there are lots of critters roaming at night and lots of visitors during the day, this had been a challenge at Alderwood. We have learned a lot about barking.

The Quiet Command

We use the word "Quiet" spoken in a firm authoritative way. Any word will do, just as long as you are consistent. Don't use "Quiet" one day and "Shut Up" the next day. Every bark must be followed by a "Quiet" command...tough to do!

Potential Problems:

There may be times when you want your dog to bark. Like announcing a stranger in the area or something he is trying to call your attention to. The key is to be quiet when you tell him to, that's the trick.


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We have found that the most effective way to control and teach the "quiet" command is an electronic bark collar for control and an electronic training collar for teaching.
 So what is the difference? An electronic bark collar will automatically correct a dog after he has barked 5-6 times and the intensity level may be set to control the degree of correction. A electronic training collar is a manual control, you control when and the degree of correction your dog receives. If he does not respond to your verbal "Quiet " command then he is corrected. Labs are smart. it does not take long to get the idea over to him.

Some are smart enough to know when the collar is on and they will obey your every command, but they know when it is off and they revert to old habits. The trick is to always have them wear a collar, sometimes an electronic collar, sometimes a regular collar, they soon understand that they can't tell the difference and decide to be a good dog.


Bark control collars are not meant to be used 24x7. They can create a sore if left on too long. Electronic training collars are used for special training. Barking, digging, in the garbage, wandering, etc.

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