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Getting 'yappy' when tired

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Jobeth, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Jobeth

    Jobeth PetForums VIP

    May 23, 2010
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    My dog is now responding to commands to stop him barking at the window. But I've noticed that he starts these really loud short barks just before he falls asleep and isn't distracted by the usual things that work. Is there any way of settling him down, so that he is calmer before sleep? If he was a baby I'd rock him to sleep!!
  2. Minette@dogtrainingsecret

    Minette@dogtrainingsecret PetForums Newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
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    If he is drifting off and sleep barking ha ha, its not likely under his control, however if he is barking at you then going to sleep, I would remove yourself from the room whenever he barks. Barking = you leaving and if he enjoys your company, which I assume that he does :D he will learn to be more quiet even as he readies himself for sleep.

    You can also try exercise and obedience/mind stimulation...try making him so tired he just falls straight to sleep. You can pet and rub him and give him some T-Touch therapy as he drifts but if he barks....leave!

    I like a tired dog!
  3. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

    Feb 25, 2010
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    oh how cute!

    i would suggest implementing the three bark rule...and then putting him to bed.

    allow him to bark three times, reward him and say "thankyou", then "in your basket" or "go to bed" whichever you prefer.

    bless him.
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