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How do i train my Lab to bark when my bell rings or if any stranger comes?

hi i am having 5 months old lab puppy the problem is she only barks when she is hungry ans not barking on strangers instead of the she is friendly with them how do i train her to bark when my bell rangs or if any stranger comes thank you
By vaibhav · 11 Nov 2009 8:41 pm


By Dinkar Singh · 12 Nov 2009 9:39 am
Labs are friendly family dogs and hence so popular. Plus your pup is just a small baby still, hope u have started obedience training.

Associate the bell ringing with food and it should work. But then also keep in mind once anything is trained, it gets very difficult to untrain, if u know what I am saying.
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By jahnavi_uppuleti · 12 Nov 2009 10:26 am
anyways it is good if it is friendly.If u have a dog u can train it.If u want a dog for guarding from strangers u dont deserve the companionship of a dog.Instead u can employee a watchman instead.
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By Dinkar Singh · 12 Nov 2009 11:01 am
I dnt think I agree with jahnavi..........nor does she have any experience or knowledge to say what she is saying although everyone has their opinion.
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By jahnavi_uppuleti · 12 Nov 2009 4:45 pm
i do have an experiance with my dog and as u say everyone has their opinions.but i still appreciate u very much for u r love for dogs Mr.dinker.
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By Dinkar Singh · 12 Nov 2009 5:06 pm
Jahnavi, since you are still in school I would like to give you some advise regardless of anything it may be/ any area work etc., experience plays a very vital role. Just book knowledge is not enough. For example you may know how to drive a car, but a person who has driven say for the last 10 odd years in different situation will know better how to judge a situation while driving rather than a person with less driving hrs. What is why we see so many car accidents where youngsters are involved. Overconfidence and know it all attitude.

One life is not enough to learn everything in this world or even just one area. Learning is a continuous/ ongoing process which does not end. The best of breeders are also learning each day. There is never a point where one can say I know it all.

Do you know how different dog breeds were developed. It was done not for fashion or what we like but originally for different types of work and then slowly certain traits were kept on. So your saying " If u want a dog for guarding from strangers u dont deserve the companionship of a dog" I dont understand what u mean. There are dog breeds developed for guarding purposes and there is no harm in a dog guarding its owner from strangers and in most cases people generally keep dogs for guarding purpose. A dog is a better guard than even a watchman. I sed to have tibetan mastiffs for a long time to guard my summer home in the hills. That does not mean that the dogs were not loved or cared for nor does that imply that I do not deserve the companionship of dogs. My Rottweilers have been show dogs and one of the best Rottweilers and at the same time my guard dogs also.

What do you have to say now.
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By Dinkar Singh · 12 Nov 2009 5:09 pm
It is the know it all attitude that makes people go wrong and take wrong decisions and give wrong advise and that is why the long explaination and I do hope I made things clear. Because its the dog/ pet who ultimately suffers.
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By Rana Atheya · 12 Nov 2009 5:43 pm
Very rightly explained by Dinkar these dogs are "Bred to Behavior"
For example I will never expect my Golden Retriever to guard my premises
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By Arpit · 12 Nov 2009 7:38 pm
very well said dinkar ji..
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By gautam sawant · 12 Nov 2009 11:49 pm
i feel , a hunting campanion was the dogs status when it joined humans clan which later evoled into working dogs , watch dogs, gaurd dogs and currently more as companion .
reliable protection is a add-on advantage in having a dog home which a comercial security company cannot provide
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By gautam sawant · 13 Nov 2009 12:21 am
hey vaibhav
Labs are friendly dogs , and urs is responding to its breed traits
they were breed as working dogs not as gaurd or watch dogs
labs seldom bark they are less noisy and are friendly that make them a good pet in apartments
you should have thought this before anyways u could start training her ,take help of any profesional guy it should help !!
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By jahnavi_uppuleti · 13 Nov 2009 4:38 pm
that is exactly what i wanted to say u vibhav
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By Runni · 16 Nov 2009 2:45 pm
Not all dog will bark at strangers!!
So u should have made up ur mind about ur requirements before getting a particular breed...
My gsd will be more than happy to chase off a stranger while my friend's lab will start playing with them in no time...and she NEVER expects her dog to behave like my dog...
So be clear about traints of each breed & their history...ur question will be answered...
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By vaibhav · 16 Nov 2009 8:41 pm
thnak you all for your replies
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