German Shepherd Won't Bark

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MBaroni

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Mar 11, 1995, 12:22:32 PM3/11/95
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My 15 Month German Shepherd will not bark when a stranger comes to the
door. She is an excellent dog with the kids, has been obedience trained,
and is very friendly. But she is so friendly that she won't bark when we
want her to. Any advise on training a dog to bark when a stranger comes to
the door?
Mike Baroni

CrisWaller

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Mar 11, 1995, 11:11:02 PM3/11/95
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Is there any stimulus she will bark at? Does she speak on command? If you
can find something she barks at, use that stimulus to train her to bark on
command. The have someone ring the doorbell, and give her the
"bark"command.Practice, practice, practice!

Holly

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Mar 11, 1995, 11:37:21 PM3/11/95
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Have you tried training her to "speak" on command? If so, you can probably
transfer that over to the door fairly easily by enlisting a friend to knock on
the door or ring the bell and giving her a "speak" command (whatever command
you used). Over time, she'll associate the barking with the knock or the
bell.

If you haven't taught her "speak" yet, try doing so... maybe you could use
"Who's there?" as the command. (My last GSD who was raised in an apartment
learned an "apartment bark" for her "speak" command, which basically consisted
of her just blowing air out or snapping her jaws... but when I whispered
"Who's there?!" excitedly, I got a full-fledged bark.)

If you aren't sure how to teach her to "speak" on command, the method I've
used (which seems really stupid, but has been successful for me :-) is to hold
some treat the dog can get really excited about, give the command and then
woof at the dog. Get really upbeat and energetic. You look like an idiot,
but it's not failed me yet. *grin* (Though, admittedly, I haven't tried to
teach "speak" to either of my current dogs... one barks readily at anything
approaching a knock, a doorbell or strange voices (including those on TV :-),
the other barks readily at anything outside... and I haven't really taught
them any particular "parlor tricks" other than ones I need for
doggie-maintenance, like "paw" for when I need to wipe a paw off.)

-Holly

Sona

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Mar 12, 1995, 9:37:18 PM3/12/95
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>I seem to be having the same problem with my 2 year old German Sheppard.
I just say to my self "at least the dog is not a yapper!!"

R.S.

S. M. Weems

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Mar 16, 1995, 10:11:17 PM3/16/95
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i want my 4 month oold st. bernard/lab to bark when someone knocks at the
door as well. today when someoe was at the door, i went to the door barking,
with Katmai in tow. she must have got the idea because she looked at me,
looked at the door, and back at me several times, and then barked until i
told her good girl. of course, katmai is very smart, but i have no way of
knowing for sure if my method is a good one or what. you might try it.


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Mar 17, 1995, 6:56:50 AM3/17/95
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In <3jsm8o$5...@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, mba...@aol.com (MBaroni) writes:
>My 15 Month German Shepherd will not bark when a stranger comes to the
>door. She is an excellent dog with the kids, has been obedience trained,
>and is very friendly. But she is so friendly that she won't bark when we
>want her to. Any advise on training a dog to bark when a stranger comes
to
>the door?
>Mike Baroni

We had two GSDs when I was young and one barked and the other didn't.
Well, actually, I think I heard her bark a couple of times in her 10
years. I guess she just didn't like to give a warning! The few times she
sensed a "bad" person, she was already creeping up on them and was
growling a low, menacing growl. Maybe yours is one who won't give a
warning bark?
From: dsqu...@aol.com (Dee Dee)

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Jul 20, 2020, 12:11:07 AM7/20/20
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it is because she is very friendly and she is friendly because you have made her to be friendly . she can also be trained by professional trainers to bark at strangers.i think this may help you
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