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Whenever we tell Kane "no" he barks back at us. Also if we ignore him for longer than 5 minutes, he barks at us! He's 15 weeks old and he's been this way since he was about 10 weeks. He's a little back talker and we're not sure what to do about it. Any suggestions?

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Get used to it, dobes can be pretty vocal lol

When do you say no, how do you say it, in what context, and what is your body language like?  These are the kinds of things I would consider, if I was to determine it was an issue.

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I'm afraid I'm not much help - I'm just sitting here laughing!  I would think it was really cute - all of my dogs have been talky.

I guess if it was really annoying, I would completely ignore him, and turn my back on him. Dobes hate that.  :-)

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This is our first dobe so we weren't sure if it was a dobe thing or if we were doing something wrong. When I say no I try and be pretty stern about it. Doesn't work, whether I do it, or my boyfriend does it. It's not terribly annoying I'm just concerned if he barks at us when we say "no" it might turn into more of an attitude as he gets older.

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I go along with Kim's suggestion.  If you want him to stop barking (which might not stop because dobes DO get very vocal at times) you should just turn your back at him, no eye contact, no words....ignore him until he quiets down, THEN, turn around and praise him with words, pats, treats, toys, whatever it takes to get the message across to him that quiet is a good thing, and you might even tell him "good quiet!" while praising him up for it,  in a high-pitched, happy tone. 

Of course, this action might require a thousand repetitions, you know, before it starts to show any progress, but maybe not.  You could also use his back talking to your advantage by telling him "speak" when he barks and rewarding that behavior---that sometimes works both ways by teaching the dog to bark on command, and they will be quiet until you ask for their opinion. LOL

Mine only barks when she sees somethng outside, or when she's playing with other dogs.  Guess I got lucky in that department. 

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Gabby (sounds like) grumbling under her breath when we say 'No'.  Sampson, our Black Lab that we lost almost 2 years ago (at the age of 17 1/2) used to do that ALL the time, no matter what we told him to do!  It can be pretty funny!!!

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chris,

Shelbi is 2 and 1/2 yrs. and she still talks back I will venture to guess that she will always do it.  Now that she is older she knows the difference when I tell her to stop and I really don't care, or if I tell her to stop because she has hit my last nerve.  Your Gabby will get it eventually also. 

Jeri & Shelbi