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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Barking for Attention...HELP!

Hudson has started to get really vocal when he wants attention. We are trying our ABSOLUTE best to keep calm, not react, walk away until he is quiet for 5 or so seconds, and then say "good boy".

I'm not sure what else to do?! Vizsla's arent supposed to be vocal dogs...so I am wondering if this is just a puppy stage, but I worry that he is learning bad habits.

We start obedience next week, and this is our primary concern right now. He can be a little snarky when tired, and is still teething/mouthing but that's getting better and isn't that bad.

One of the reasons we chose a V is because the tend to be quiet dogs, lol. He is well exercised, if anything may be over-tired, but the barking happens right when he gets-up from crate naps mostly.

thoughts? tips? tricks?
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Our 12 weeks old puppy is also getting more vocal. It starts with the wining and then turns into loud barking. Sometimes it is for attention, but mostly when it is time for his food. I tried waiting to give him food until he calms down, but he never does. He wakes up around 5-5.30 am and demands his food right away. Obviously this is a very unwelcome wake up call for anyone who is still sleeping.

Sometimes I am able to stop his barking by telling him to sit, stay or go to the crate where I throw few pieces of food. But the quiet doesn't last very long, only maybe 30 seconds.

I also hope this behaviour will stop. We have a trainer coming in next week, and we plan to discuss this in addition to biting and growling. I will let you know if he have any good training suggestions. But will be happy to hear thoughts from other vizsla owners.
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I'm not sure what else to do?! Vizsla's arent supposed to be vocal dogs...so I am wondering if this is just a puppy stage, but I worry that he is learning bad habits.
When hunting they are quiet. My female, Chloe, age 5, is very vocal at times. You sure don't sneak up on the house. But that is a good thing. ;D

Ignoring it is about the best you can do IMO. If you give them attention then they got what they wanted.

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Re: Barking for Attention...HELP!

I have one that is very vocal. She isn't barking its roo, roo roo. Anytime you say her name she answers. if you whisper to her she does it real quietly.

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It sounds like your puppy is hungry.
You might try feeding him more at his evening meal.
If its just for attention he is going to keep doing it, if you get up every 30 minutes.

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Vizsla's arent supposed to be vocal dogs...
I find myself wondering when this myth started...


Knowledge and tools all help in training your dog, but have no worth whatsoever if one does not get up and actually go train.
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I have to say that my guy is the most vocal dog that I've ever had. He will definitely let me know if someone is at the door, or if there's a cat on the fence, or I shut the cabinet too hard...

He also talks to me like TexasRed's girl and it makes me laugh - he will definitely back talk if I try to make him do something that he doesn't want to do, even while he's obeying, he'll "talk" under his breath. He talks when he wants attention, not barking, but making noises that sound kind of like Scooby Doo

I have to say that I love it when he "talks", it definitely shows his personality!
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I'm very jealous of the people whose dogs "talk" like Tex or Cash. My dog almost never barks (only when ordering me to throw the **** ball). The only vocalizing I get are the (funny) early morning yawns... :-(

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Pippa is also incredibly vocal. Loud yawns, grumbling when she follows a command she doesn't want to (roo, roo, roooooo), and barking for attention. For the attention part, we ignore completely unless it is when we are eating. Then, we spray her in the face with a spray bottle filled with water. One spray is all it takes...

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Tonight I was using the SpotBot (a must have with 3 dogs running around the house) and Cash was talking up a storm. He would run to me and do his roo, roo, rooing and then run to the SpotBot, bark at it and then lay down next to it and wait for it to beep. He was cracking me up!
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I've nicknamed Ruby, it makes me sound like I have a stammer..."Roo Roo Roo Ruby", but as RBD says when we're out hunting she is very quiet

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