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My 4 months Golden Retriever does not bark to strangers, how to make him bark?

our 4 months golden retriever doesnt bark to strangers it always wags its tail to everybody how to make it bark????
By Abhishek · 25 Nov 2010 10:10 pm

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By Amitava Mukherjee · 25 Nov 2010 11:46 pm
Hi Abhishek

Its a puppy and it has to go a long way to bark at strangers. Moreover its a Golden Retriever, dont expect it to act like a Doberman which will bark and pounce on a stranger. Let it mature first. It will start barking from 11 months and gradually the bark will be louder and louder. But it will bark in order to let its master know that some stranger has dropped in the house. After 18 months if you find that its still not barking then please post your problem, i will inform you what is to be done.

Amitava
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By Dinkar Singh · 26 Nov 2010 10:12 am
I agree with the above. What u can do is teach the pup to bark/ speak. So when u give the command it will bark, or teach it to bark when someone knocks at ur door, but keep in mind then the neighbors who may complain and then u cannot re do any training already done .
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By Dinkar Singh · 26 Nov 2010 10:12 am
I agree with the above. What u can do is teach the pup to bark/ speak. So when u give the command it will bark, or teach it to bark when someone knocks at ur door, but keep in mind then the neighbors who may complain and then u cannot re do any training already done .
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By Gopal Krishna · 26 Nov 2010 12:27 pm
its like asking a monk to kill somebody, Golden loves people and loves fun you cant expect a golden to be a Guard Dog, ask you golden to fetch. Read the bread history, read its purpose of breeding. I dono why we expect all dog to bark and hunt a human down. Different breed have different working style and different temperament. Golden are not very territorial they love human and love to play. If you want a guard dog or protection dog have a rotty,GSD, Akita, Doberman, etc dont push you Golden to be a Rotty
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By Gopal Krishna · 26 Nov 2010 12:29 pm
yeah they can be taught to bark but dont expect them to be territorial and protective.
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By Amitava Mukherjee · 26 Nov 2010 1:33 pm
You can start with the word 'charge' alongwith a long 'shhhhh' while u see a cat or a hen on road of course with the leash on. See how ur dog reacts at that moment. But make sure u pull the leash hard otherwise ur playful pooch will make u run from kashmir to kanyakumari. The concept is to not let it go near the cat or hen. Maintain a distance. Always try to make the dog understand that its an intruder. Slowly the dog will understand when to bark and when to not. But please dont practice all these things right now. Start all these after 8 or 9 months. Let it enjoy its childhood. For the time being teach some good manners at home.
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By Gopal Krishna · 26 Nov 2010 2:24 pm
Pulling Leash for correction is a not advised; form you query i can say that you do not have good training experience so please dont try it. it needs precision and also experience. if you are not experience you could hurt your dog vocal chord, or could create depression so be careful and educate yourself on internet. You can hire a good trainer but as i said before golden, lab... are very soft dog and friendly dont expect them to be a tough one. check the golden temperament AKC web. and there is nothing about age limit. after 3 month you can start the training anytime.

@amitava teaching charging to small animal could cause you big problem. that will just raise the dogs agression to small animals and when you dog will be with some person who cant control him, your dog could hurt himself or other. if you are keeping a dog for companion let him be like that. dont expect the dog to be a police, protection or guard dog. there is special training for these kind of activity. if you dont trust me then have a GSD, Rotty or any big breed which is dominant and teach him the same charging thing, the very next day you will regret it.
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By mikku · 27 Nov 2010 1:33 pm
"GOLDEN RETREIVER IS NOT A GUARD DOG"......and he is just a pup..n u want him to act like an adult!!...well....if u wanted a guard dog then before getting a dog u shld hv read abt different breeds personality and use.....but now u hv got one....give him Care,love and all things u can provide him..for his good health n life....and yes he will start barking only after he becomes an adult of 18+ months age
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By Abhishek · 27 Nov 2010 1:36 pm
ya i agree with u its not a rotty but i hav read its details it barks signaling tat some stranger has arrived earlier we had pamorian n gsd they wud do the same bt our scooby doesnt do this so i was confused
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By Abhishek · 27 Nov 2010 1:42 pm
ya i agree with u its not a rotty but i hav read its details it barks signaling tat some stranger has arrived earlier we had pamorian n gsd they wud do the same bt our scooby doesnt do this so i was confused
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By Gopal Krishna · 27 Nov 2010 1:56 pm
That actually depends on training and you dog is still a puppy. Pom and GSD are have those barking instinct you may wonder but pom are really good alert dog :) raise you puppy well give plenty of exercise and play fetch he will be very happy; people call them golden retriever coz they developed to retrieve.
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By Shalin · 29 Nov 2010 5:44 pm
i will share with you my first hand experience....i have a boxer and it is only now when he is 18 months old that he is barking and alerting us anout any intruder.when he was 11 months old i was attacked by some anti social elements at night while i was with my boxer,i got frustrated. the whole point is these are large breeds they tend to take time to mature.almost any dog wont attack until it is trained to and one which does has some serious socializing issues. lab and goldens are too docile for my personal liking but that doesnt mean they dont know how to defend....just have a look at the golden who is near a female in heat. having said that protection and guarding is not their forte. retriever means retrieving and he is a champion at that sport.i think i have said enough...
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By gautam sawant · 01 Dec 2010 10:14 pm
BHOW BHOW ......BHOW BHOW !!!!
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By Abhishek · 02 Dec 2010 2:43 pm
ohhh a fantastic reply by samir thank u so muuuucchhh
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By Abhishek · 02 Dec 2010 2:54 pm
thanks shalin fr ur hearty discussion okkk let me wait it to mature
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By Abhishek · 12 Dec 2010 11:50 pm
Mr Dinakar singh; i have seen u in many of the Dog shows which are been uploaded, i wanted to know hw to teach him to be obedient n to listen our words.As i have read these breeds [golden retriever] learn fast ,bt our dog is little bit more naughty , whenever we say something to do him repeatedly he just listen 2 min n again do the same thing. Whenever guests arrive to our house , he creates nuisance by jumping over them n licking ofcourse its his style of showing love ,bt some people dont like dogs ,we try so much to control , he doesn't listen to our words n starrts barkjng in a loud voice if we tie him. Hw abt the trainers wil they nt punish such type of dogs ,hw much time does it need to train . wil get trained as we expect or to some extent. I think we cant change its basic behaviour.
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By Dinkar Singh · 13 Dec 2010 10:39 am
Your dog is still very young and a pup. All he is doing is acting like one, which is normal. Food is the best motivation factor and should be used to train your pup in basic obedience. It is better to do it urself that a trainer as it built a better relationship with owner and dog. If a trainer is a must then I feel it should be done in front of you or the trainer can instruct you how to do and what.

Get a good book on dogs and read about basic training and how to do it. This is the best age, if you delay it, then it can become a problem later. Do not spoil and be firm and fair and you will have a beautiful dog to live with for the next few years. All your issues are basically related to basic obedience and its easy to teach it urself.

Good behavior should always be rewarded by treats and/or praise and petting and bad behaviour ignored.

All The Best!
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By Abhishek · 13 Dec 2010 2:53 pm
Thanks Mr Dinakar singh, i wil try my level best to train him myself.
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By Abhishek · 14 Dec 2010 2:32 pm
Mr Dinakar Singh;Do u have any idea abt the trainers in Blore, who are genuine, n give him a good training including us while training, and abt the charges. One of our friend dog [Trained] is so much obedient ,that even going for walk he doesnt tie him he jus walks beside him, n obey whatever he says. They say there basic behaviour is also counted , is it true ?
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By Rana Atheya · 14 Dec 2010 11:26 pm
Adding my two pence to the discussion, I know a Canine Behaviour Counselor from Bangalore. You cn get details on the following link:
http://www.facebook.com/natash awags
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By Dinkar Singh · 15 Dec 2010 9:55 am
No idea about Blore. Speak to person Rana is recommending
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By Abhishek · 15 Dec 2010 7:27 pm
Thanks to both of you, as i have already read this one , wil enquire n get to that.
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By sindhoor · 02 Apr 2011 1:06 pm
Training a dog to behave around visitors requires 2 parts:
Part 1: Discourage jumping on people at ALL times. Whenever a puppy jumps, just fold your hands, turn away from the puppy and walk away 1 or 2 steps. This tells the puppy you are ignoring him and he will stop jumping. When he stops praise and pet him.

Part 2: Teach him to remain calm when visitors come. When anyone comes home, put your dog on a leash and lead him away from visitors. But you stay beside him or better still, sit beside him. Ask your visitors not to talk to your puppy and avoid high pitched excited talk when your puppy is in training. He will soon calm down. When he calms down, lead him slowly and calmly close to the visitors (still on leash). Let he examine all visitors. Once he has done that, let him lose off the leash. If you have any bones or chewies, give him some. He will take it and go settle down in his favorite corner and leave your visitors alone.

Your puppy is a spirited young fellow and can be a lot of fun if you train him correct. Have patience with him and before you realize it, you will have the most rewarding relationship with your little fellow :) Best of luck
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