“Is it really possible with a golden retriever puppy?” my toddler’s alarmed question startled me into realizing that, actually, it was possible.
More so than any other dog breed except maybe a terrier, the golden retriever has retained its popular reputation as a family pet, even in cases wherePrior to surrendering my new baby, one of the many concerns I had about the dog and especially having a young baby with no prior dog experience, was that the puppy would not bond with my baby. My son and I were very concerned about this transition and we questioned the breeder about the best ways to avoid that scenario and we read a lot of advice from our breeder before we brought him home. We read that you have to feel like the leader of the pack right from the beginning. That one of the leading causes of dog aggression is a dog not having a master or an owner who exercises authority.
We bought our puppy at a breeder near us. We had seen her and other pups at the kennel on a regular basis and the appearance, and behavior, of this one caught my eye. I had an older male golden retriever at home and it would be interesting to try to compare our two pups.
When we arrived home, we were greeted with a thick curl of fur and a scruffy dog that, from a distance, appeared to be cowering. One could just barely make out the shapes of his front legs and the rump. Our initial reaction, as a family, was one of stern silence – as one you don’t say anything for obvious reasons.
It was later when we learned the reason for the barking – that our puppy had been barking incessantly as he had not been house trained and was upset that we had left him alone. A sound method of dealing with this sort of situation was to give him his own command and reward him when he delivered the object. And, at this point in time, we were not an authority on dogs and, therefore, this did not appear to be a major issue.
But we had a very fast growing baby and a new puppy that we had no time to devote to such things as obedience classes, dog training etc. and, therefore, this issue of trying to figure out how to accommodate the barking puppy issue inevitably became very high on the priority list.
Out came the standard advice – “don’t bark” and ” curriculum the puppy when barking begins”. That is not, I admit, an ideal approach as it Minds N DEA and, as a result, the barking puppy training never got off to a good start.
Later on in the relationship, as you may guess, we wound up with a dog that loved to bark and a puppy that did not seem to like being trained. solution? Just simply say no. It is hard to fundamental our views on what is and is not allowed, but it is fundamental that the dog learns that no, no, no is a rule he must keep at all costs.
So, what is the rule we must keep in mind here? It is easy and fairly easy to define and even easier to apply. The rule is not to tolerance barking. Rather, the rule is to remove the dog from the barking situation and, when necessary, use other methods to induce behavior.
We do not, when we talk about the Bark Stop collar, allow the device to be used minusModification of the cause. If the collar were to fetch and reward for delivering a static stimulation along with a high pitch sound audible only to dogs, then the dog would probably be induced to stop barking. But, it would be no good using the collar on a dog that would not even notice the stimulation. As you can imagine, this would be a major problem.
So, the proper behavioral training method is to itineratively employ these two methods together until the correct behavior is induced. The great advantage of this is that none of these methods are painful to the dog in any physical or psychological way. In fact, there is no negative reinforcement involved and, therefore, strong leadership is not required, not even from a “humorous” sort.
Let us look at some of the methods that are employed and some of their Bavarian origins.
Years ago, “Bavarian Training” referred to techniques used to stop basic habits like barking or eating from becoming habits in the dog’s behavior. Many of the techniques incorporated techniques that would stop barking in a similar way to the way a shrill whistle or shaker can be used to stop a human from doing something.
Today, however, such devices are used to stop basic habits, eating habits even.
The “Bavarian Training” techniques were, in many instances, useful, but excessive barking and also Destructive Chewing were problems.