Do rat terriers bark a lot?

Asked By: Demetris Gaylord
Date created: Tue, Dec 15, 2020 3:03 AM
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Terriers, in general, are tough, active dogs with a strong watchdog instinct.

They have a lot of energy and often, barking is a signal that your pup isn't getting enough exercise.

Teaching a Rat Terrier not to bark requires patience and consistent positive reinforcement, but it can be done.

Answered By: Alicia Gibson
Date created: Wed, Dec 16, 2020 5:06 AM
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Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.

Greeting/Play: Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals.

Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone.

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Attention Seeking: Dogs often bark when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat.

Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone.

Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to hear the sound of their voices.

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In dogs, this is called demand barking or nuisance barking and it is simply rude, pushy behavior.

The dog may bark when he thinks it's time to eat, if he wants you to throw his toy, if you're not petting him, if he wants to come in the house, get out of his crate, or any other time when the dog isn't getting his way.

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Canine vocalizations usually begin around 2 to 3 weeks of age, following the period where a puppy's eyes and ears are opened.

Your puppy's first vocalizations may be grunts and whines; around seven or eight weeks, these will develop into yips and barks, although some dogs wait until closer to 16 weeks to start barking.

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Once your dog can reliably bark on command, teach him the "quiet" command.

In a calm environment with no distractions, tell him to "speak." When he starts barking, say "quiet" and stick a treat in front of his nose.

Praise him for being quiet and give him the treat.

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Now we know why your dog barks and growls at nothing, here are the most common causes: Frustration.

A common cause of barking is if your dog wants to get to something but can't.

This could be a territorial bark, to warn a nearby animal to stay away, or an excited bark because there's a person he wants to greet.

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It's usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping.

Attention Seeking: Dogs often bark when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat.

Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone.

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