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How can I make my dog bark?

asked 2017-05-21 14:42:32 -0500

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answered 2017-05-22 11:25:18 -0500

Does your dog not bark at all, or are you trying to get the dog to bark on command? My dog never barked when she was a puppy until I started to socialize her with other dogs at a dog park. She picked up many of the other dogs habits just by seeing and listening to the other dogs. Now she barks, and growls when she plays.

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answered 2017-05-21 15:16:57 -0500

Most people seem to ask the antithesis of this question. However, basically, it's like any other training - state the command, when the dog performs the desired behavior (which may start with rewarding "almost" and gradually working up baby steps to the desired goal) you immediately praise and reward. Here's a link with more detail: http://www.petmd.com/dog/training/evrdghow-to-make-a-dog-bark

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