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LYNMAR POODLES & GERMAN SHEPHERDS

BARKING

LYNMAR POODLES & GERMAN SHEPHERDS
PUPPY APPLICATION
PUPPIES
AVAILABLE ADULTS
DAMS
SIRES
PHOTO ALBUM & OWNER TESTIMONIALS
RAINBOW BRIDGE
FINDING A GOOD BREEDER
HISTORY OF THE POODLE
WHY A POODLE?
GENERAL POODLE INFORMATION
MALE VS FEMALE
AKC COLOR CODES FOR POODLES
AKC COLOR CODES FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
BREED STANDARD FOR THE POODLE
BREED STANDARD FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HEALTHY PUPPY
CARING FOR PUPPY
HEALTH CONCERNS IN TOY POODLES
HEALTH CONCERNS IN THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PARASITES
COMMON INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN DOGS
BLOAT (GVD)
CRYPTORCHIDISM (RETAINED TESTICLES)
HYPOGLYCEMIA
COPROPHAGY (FECES EATING)
POISONOUS FOODS, PLANTS, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
CANINE CPR
DOG FIRST AID KIT
OTC MEDICINES SAFE FOR DOGS
AVOIDING HEAT INJURIES IN DOGS
PUTTING WEIGHT ON POODLES
POTTY TRAINING
BARKING
TO BREED OR NOT TO BREED
BREEDING/WHELPING INFORMATION
HAND FEEDING PUPPIES
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I have a lot of people that come up to me when they see me with my poodles and tell me "Oh you have poodles.  They are yappy dogs."  I always respond in kind  "Well ANY dog can be yappy if not properly trained."

 
Training really is the key.  Any dog of any breed can be taught not to bark or to bark in appropriate situations.  I like my dogs to bark once or twice when someone comes to my door.  they are the best doorbell ever invented.  But more than that can become an annoyance.  Especially if you live in an apartment complex or close neighborhood hood.
 
Her are several methods we have used to train our dogs to keep quiet.
If you train a dog to "speak" on command you will find that they bark less.  I believe it is because they associate the barking with a specific command and if that command is not given they believe they should not bark.
 
Another method is to redirect your dog to a more suitable activity when they start to bark.  Like giving him a chewy or favorite to play with.  Also using a whistle or a bell when the dog is barking will help redirect his attention elsewhere.  Be sure to reward you dog once he has become quiet.
 
A spray bottle with water works well too on some dogs.  Be sure to only spay the dog when the dog is barking and not when they are being quiet or you will undermine yourself.
 
Another item to distract your dog which works well is an old can full of pennies.  When the dog starts barking toss the can right next to your dog.  Be sure not to hit your dog.  The loud noise of the pennies in the can will distract your dog from barking.  If you have an extremely shy dog I do not recommend this method.
 
If other methods have not worked and you are nearing the end of your rope.  Be sure to seriously consider having your dog debarked before taking it to a shelter.  Their are some serious pros and cons to this surgery so be sure to consult your vet.  It is also possible for your dog to relearn to bark after this surgery using the scar tissue as vocal chords.  So just some things to think about.

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