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Everyone on this terrific site has given me very usefull information.Comming directlly from your experiences with Dobie's.How do you handle barking?Sasha is 19 weeks old.We let her get a couple "words" out when she hears something outside.After that,and she wants to keep going on...
Our other Dobie ,we would put a drop of lemon juice on our fingers to her tongue and say "no bark".That got her to not bark,but she was older.Would Sasha be too young to try this approach?

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There is actually a couple of different approaches to the barking issue.  One, like you mentioned, doing,  introducing a negative factor when your dog keeps barking and tell her "no bark" or "quiet", then praising her when she IS quiet, and the other is to take advantage of the barking she does by telling her 'speak' when she barks.  Some people do this to teach the dog to bark on command.  It supposedly trains the dog to bark when you want it to, and will stop when you dont ask for a bark.  I'm not sure how that works out, though.  Personally, I used to put my index finger across the bridge of Ziva's nose after the first couple of barks and gently push her face and chin down towards her chest and hold her there for a second while telling her "no bark", then rewarding her with a treat the instant I could let up on her and she remained quiet. 

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I've been doing this the past few days, and it works beautifully.

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY7JrteQBOQ

 

 

 

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I let Rocky Bark a few times at something because I want him to know it's ok to bark and warn us of things.  However after a few barks I walk over and tell him, it's ok and I expect him to stop once told that.  It's a work in progress as he does usually stop barking but he will continue to growl and keep his hair raised if he doesn't like something no matter how much I say it's ok.