Dog Experts and/or Lovers, Please Help Me With This Situation?
My dog, I call her Cocoa, is a 7-year-old lab. She is very sweet, but has an addiction with food. She gobbles it all up and have gotten into the habit of barking and getting food to make her soft down. Now, I know we were literally rewarding her for barking, but now I would approaching to stop and train her not to bark for bones. What would you suggest I do? Thanks.
when she does that, tell her sharply "no" and don't give within. eventually she will get the hint.
Start rewarding her for being quiet too.
Everytime she barks, shame it. Because you've fed this behavior, it will take a long time for her to stop barking! Get ear plugs! haha. When she bark, she doesn't get food or attention. Barking should now be associated with not unloading anything but neglect. Once she stops barking, make certain it is a true stop barking and not a "I'm taking a breath" bark, (2 minutes of no-barking is good) and then afford her a treat. This will take a few days, and dogs can bark for hours, so be prepared!
*f your dog is food aggressive, too, I suggest getting a professional contained by there to help with that problem.
As said in another answer above, never give in while she is bark as this rewards the wrong behaviour. Wait till she is quiet and then contribute her something yummy (and small so you don't over do it). You can also ask her to do something like sit or lie down and when she complies, give her a treat for that doings. You must ignore the barking and you MUST be consistent. If you sometimes reward the barking and sometimes don't, it will solely encourage her to try harder.
feed her a high element dry kibble, two times a day.
when you feed her,, place a couple of tennis balls ON TOP of the dry kibble... this will slow her down while consumption as she will have to pick around the tennis balls... that should help somewhat.
NEVER nurture her for barking EVER,,, it won't take long at all for her to memorize that barking does not get her a bone... stick with it.. she will be cured within a few days.
Some other folks pretty much hit the nail on the director but thought I'd answer anyway. You need to completely ignore her bark. Do not pay her any attention when she barks. When she quiets down praise her and reward her near a treat. Timing can be tough you need to do this right when she quiets down. If she knows a sit command I would make her sit and melodious down before giving her the food. If she won't do it. Put the food up, walk away, and try again after a few minutes.
She requirements to learn that its good to be quiet and that she get fed when she is quiet and when you want to feed her. Not when she desires to get fed.
put her in its kennel or outside and never ever reward bad behavior beside food your dog trained you to give her food to shut up they also have shock collars that activate when they yelp