Stock up on tasty, interesting treats that are sure to catch your dog’s attention. Treats are both a motivator and reward, so make sure it’s something that will pique your dog’s attention!
Only applicable to clicker trainers. The presentation of a reward plus some verbal praise should be enough if you don’t utilize a clicker.
The training begins when your dog is barking. So either say the “Speak” command to your dog or wait until your dog starts barking.
Stick your hand with a treat in it right in front of your dog’s nose and say, “Quiet”.
When to click/reward: once your dog stops barking to sniff at the treat.
To ensure that your dog knows that you are rewarding his silence and not the barking: first reduce the amount of time that passes between your command and the silence by rewarding only if your dog shushes within 10 seconds, then within 8, 6, and so on. Then, you can drive the point home even more by progressively increasing the amount of time that he is quiet before rewarding him.
Reduce the treats over time: Give them sporadically once your dog knows the drill or only with exceptional responses like faster response time or longer silences.
Don’t stop the verbal praise and affection to keep on reinforcing the behavior with your dog.
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