Barking Problem

by Cecilia
(SAO PAULO,BRAZIL)

My Coton is very kind, loves people and other dogs. She is really adorable, but she barks a lot.


Tica is a six month female Coton and she barks a lot, mainly at home and at night. I'm retired, so she is never alone at home. When I have to leave home, my mother stays with her. I walk her daily in the morning and evening (almost one hour daily). I bought an anti-barking device named BARK OFF, but it didn't work.

Do you know any solution for barking problems? I'm really worried about this, because I live in an apartment and my neighbor hates dogs...
Thank you and regards!!!

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Dec 03, 2013
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Get Good Advice NEW
by: Henry P

Seek the help of experts. Watch videos and then practice what you learn with your dog. There are plenty of people offering advice and plenty of products that claim to be able to solve certain issues. Just be careful that you don't take advice that will make problems worse.

A dog is never to old to learn; it's easier to train a puppy, yes, but an older dog can still be trained.
http://DoggyTrainer.net

Dec 09, 2012
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Thank you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by: Cecilia - SP - BRAZIL

I would like to thank you all for those important advices.
I started with PET CORRECTOR, but it didn't worked. Now I started with a can and some stones and it seems my Tica reacted well. Of course, I praise all the time she acts correctly.
I would like to clarify just one question : I do love my Tica, she is the joy of my life. I really don't care about barking. If I live in a house, in the country side or a suburb, I wouldn't be so worried.Unfortunately we must respect neigbors.
As soon as possible, I will post some Tica's pictures. You will see how adorable she is.
Thank you again and sorry about my poor English.
Warm regards from Brazil!!!
Cecília and Tica

Dec 06, 2012
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claiming your space
by: Amber Ennis

This really worked for me. My dog, a Coton, was barking a lot, so I stand in front of her, very upright, and claim the space as mine. If they continue barking, take a step towards them until they walk away. This way you become pack leader. It takes a few days, but has had long lasting effects. It is a dog whispering method.

Dec 05, 2012
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We have this problem too
by: Jennifer

We are having this problem with our 3.5 year old Lola. I actually talked to a dog trainer today and she said that you have to allow them to bark three times before reprimanding them. As a dog it is their job to let you know that there are people near the house or someone knocking on the door. What she suggested was this: Get a small metal tin and put some rocks in it. When the dog barks, allow the three "announcement" barks and then walk shake the tin and say in a loud growly voice" NO,NO,NO" then " COME HERE" when they come to you praise them and give them a special treat like a piece of cheese or a piece of hotdog or some sort of treat that they do not normally get.

Dec 05, 2012
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No barking
by: Iris Miller

Barking is the voice of the dog, just like crying is for a baby. When a dog barks as if he is alarmed or fearful, and you have checked out around the outside and the dog sees you're in control he will have done his job warning you, and then praise him. I don't believe is spraying an animal with water or anything else.. A "soft voice' whisper command works and so does Shush!
Cotons are very family and pack oriented, they don't like to be alone. Understand that and give him plenty of exercise, play, and love.

Dec 05, 2012
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Thanks!!!
by: Cecilia - SP Brazil

My Tica barks for the same reasons,even because of Tv shows with dogs!!!!
I have tried the Quiet! command and praize, but it haven't worked yet.
I bought a spray named PET CORRECTOR , but there is a warning to avoid using this product in puppies lower than 7months.
Next week, Tica will have 7 months and I'll try to use PET CORRECTOR plus Quiet command.
I haven't seen the product you recommended in Brazil. I'll look for it or ask Tica's Vet.
Thank you for your kind answer.
Warm regards from Brazil!!!
Cecilia and Tica

Dec 05, 2012
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how to control barking
by: Coda's owner

My 5 month old female Coton, Coda is generally quiet, but she selectively barks at certain things, including:

- television shows (especially if there are dogs in them)
- voices outside at night
- other dogs while on a walk
- strange sounds

This is pretty typical for most dogs (except for the television issue, which is a bit odd). I live in a townhome complex so I have a low threshold for barking. I have taught Coda the "quiet" command by doing the following:

- when Coda is in a barking fit...say "Quiet!"
- if she continues to bark, spritz her with a dog training spray. I use a great natural spray called Stop!Quiet!Off!
- as soon as she settles down and is quiet for a few seconds, praise, praise, praise and give her a treat.
- I also put her in a "down" command which definitely settles her a bit.

Hope this helps. Be consistent! It will take some time but eventually your Coton will learn.


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Coton de Tulear Barking

I have a 6 year old Coton de Tulear that barks at the slightest thing. We have tried everything to no avail. Any suggestions??

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Nov 15, 2011
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Barking
by: Elaine

A local trainer is recommended a spritz of vinegar in the mouth area to stop barking for no reason. Our 5 mos old male is barking a birds, people walking across the street etc. I am going to try this is saying quiet or enough is not doing the job.

Any other ideas will be appreciated.

Sep 13, 2011
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Kathy and Triscuit
by: Iris Miller

Dear Kathy and Triscuit. Thnk you for the kind thoughts, yo are such sweethearts!!
love tuffy and mom

Sep 07, 2011
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TRISCUIT LOVES TUFFY AND IRIS
by: KATHY

I HAVE LEARNED ALOT FROM THIS SITE, FROM ALL WHO WRITE IN, BUT IRIS AND TUFFY ARE SO GREAT....I ALWAYS LEARN SOME OF THOSE LITTLE THINGS THAT HELP FROM YOU,,,,TUFFY IS LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A CARING MOM.....KATHY AND TRISCUIT

Sep 06, 2011
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Stop dog from barking
by: Gale

Steve and Regina were nice enough to share their experiences with Barkbusters as well. You can read it here.



Sep 06, 2011
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no barking!
by: Iris Miller

There is a lot of online dog training advice offered, including the dog trainer newsletter advertised here on this website. It takes constant attention to train your dog not to bark (so much). Most of the time it is out of fear and a warning to you that they hear something, a car door, another (threat) animal, or person walking toward the door, etc. They hear things we don't and we are oblivious to. The real trick is to respond immediately as the leader of your dog's pack, go see what's causing the reason for the alert. When your dog realizes you are in control of the situation he will calm down and quiet down.Check it out, look outside, tell your dog good dog, no one there now. He will get the tone of your voice as comforting and assuring you are safe. There are a few commands, gently touch his throat and say calm voice(using a soft calm voice yourself) and as soon as they stop, or simmer to a low growl, praise and reward so they learn this is good, being quiet. Coton's are very smart, and like our kids, can be very vocal when they need attention. They will understand "no barking" be quiet, and "calm voice". Remember, they love and only want to please us. If you continue to show leadership and dominance your dog will know he can finally relax, mom and dad have got it covered!
love,
Iris & Tuffy Coton

Sep 06, 2011
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Barking
by: Anonymous

I tell my husband that's their way of communicating. My daughter had her dog at bark-busters and they have a small pouch with sound like coins in it that they drop on the floor when the dog starts to bark - it works for her. At the last resort you can try a small water bottle that squirts a small stream at the your dog - that works too.

Sep 06, 2011
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would love suggestions!
by: Anonymous

I would love any suggestions as well! Some days my two cotons are mellow when guests arrive and then after an hour start barking at our guests. They love to bark at the other dogs they can hear while they are in our backyard or on walks and stand as 'watchdogs' looking out our front window. We've tried their puppy school tactics of saying 'leave it' (works when we drop things on the ground or want to keep them moving on walks), squirting them with water bottles (in which they decided this was great and opened up their mouths to drink it), as well as, clapping our hands to try distract them and get them to stop...nothing is working...

Sep 05, 2011
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Spanky barks
by: Dee

Hello, i too have a barking coton (although, not at every slightest thing, he does bark when we do not pay attention to him, which is not very often!)... he also nips at my pants, legs and hands (if he can reach them) when we ignore him) I find that not paying attention, not showing him affection and leaving the room when he does this to be the best reslovement. He wants attention, then i do exactly the opposite... he is catching on fast and it usually stops shortly after doing so. Then when he's quitet, i give him the attention he was looking for. Seems to be working.

Sep 05, 2011
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Barking
by: Anonymous

So does mine.

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Coton de Tulear barking and biting when excited

by Leila
(London, UK)

Hi - my Coton de Tulear puppy starts trying to bite and bark when he's excited and playing - any tips for stopping this without ruining his excitement?
thanks,
Leila

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Sep 12, 2011
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barking and biting
by: Anonymous

When the dog starts to bark and/or bite, stop playing with it abruptly and make a sharp, loud noise like "Aaa!" If you start to walk away and the dog again starts to chase you, stop, "Aaa!" and walk away with your back to the dog.

When my dog gets excited enough she mouths me, not really using her teeth, I do the same thing. "Aaa" and then tell her "no teeth."

You don't have to scream but be loud and assertive. Show the dog you're boss.

Sep 02, 2011
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biting
by: Anonymous

I've never had many problems with my Coton barking when we play, but he used to bite. In fact, he drew blood a couple times when he was really little. To stop the biting we would put our thumb underneath his tongue and our index finger underneath his chin and squeeze just a little. You don't want to cause them pain, only discomfort every time they bite. Then the associate biting you with an uncomfortable feeling. My puppy is almost six months now and hardly ever nips anymore and when he does he doesn't apply any pressure. As for barking, I would try just ignoring him. If he doesn't get what he wants, he will stop. Good luck! Raising a puppy is such hard work, but it's totally worth it! :)

Aug 31, 2011
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BARKING/BITING
by: SHERRY/COTTON

I TOO HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH COTTON SINCE SHE WAS ABOUT 6 MONTHS OLD. SHE IS NOW JUST A YEAR OLD AND IT SEEMS TO BE ABOUT THE SAME. SHE JUST GETS SO EXCITED. AT TIMES I JUST QUIT PLAYING WITH HER AS SHE IS SO ROUGH.

I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO CHANGE THIS BEHAVIOR AND NOTHING SO FAR HAS WORKED; EXCEPT TO QUIT PLAYING AND SAYING NO!!!

I AM HOPEFUL AGE WILL TAKE CARE OF THIS, SHE DOES NOT BARK BUT BITING AND GRABBING AT ME IS A REAL ISSUE AT TIMES. WE LIVE TOO FAR AWAY TO BE GOING TO OBEDIENCE CLASSES. THAT WOULD PROBABLY WORK THOUGH.

GOOD LUCK!! I JUST THINK THEY LOVE US SO MUCH AND ARE SO EXCITED TO BE GETTING THIS ATTENTION. ALTHOUGH SHE GETS WAY MORE THAN HER SHARE. THEY ARE SUCH A LOVING AND ADORABLE BREED. SOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!

Aug 31, 2011
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no teeth!
by: Iris Miller

I watched the Dog Whisperer a lot. Using the two finger to the side of the neck below the jaw, is like the lead dog correcting the young one with his teeth. It makes the dog back down. That means you are showing him you are the boss. I wrestle with Tuffy but don't let him bite. I say "NO TEETH! NO BITING! and cry out OW! also, have a toy handy and put it in his mouth say Bite THIS!!

Aug 31, 2011
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Biting Spanky
by: Dee

I have the same issue with Spanky (8 months). He will nip my hands, legs, feet, pull at my pants... and if i say no, he barks at me. I have been showing him no attention when he does this. I let him sit there barking and i walk away or just plain ignore him. He calms down very quickly when i do that. Sometimes he gets so out of control, we are beside ourselves. But so far, getting up and walking away from him when he does that seems to work best. Then if he barks, we just ignore him (no touch, no talk, no eye contact) and he calms down. Once he is calm, we return with affection. I think we may go to training, just looking for one that is economical for our budget. Good luck, let us know how it goes.

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How can I stop neighbors dog from barking?

by Virginia

I've never had barking issues with my 3 year old Coton de Tulear, but I could sure use help to stop my neighbors dog from barking.

I work at home during the day and my neighbor's dog barks all day. My neighbors aren't home during the day so they probably don't know there's even a problem. How can I get the dog to stop barking?

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Aug 13, 2009
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Hi Judi and Gus
by: Anonymous

Hi Judy, have you tried any of the suggestions on this page?

http://www.coton-de-tulear-care.com/how-to-stop-dog-barking.html

I found that the absolute best results I got was from using the noise deterrent. Every time Luc barked at inappropriate times I would shake a little bag of chains that made noise and distracted him from barking.

As for obedience training, I think all dogs benefit from basic training for their own safety as well as for having a well behaved dog that gets along with everyone in all kinds of situations. Obedience training shouldn't have any negative impact on your dog's personality. If anything, it makes your dog less anxious because he learns that you are in control and that takes the weight off of him to be the alpha dog. This could actually help with the barking because once your dog learns that you are the leader, he won't have to be in protection mode all the time.

Send in a photo of Gus if you get the chance, he sounds adorable.



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BARKING
by: JUDI

I TOO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO STOP MY OWN DOG FROM BARKING. MY CUTE LITTLE 'GUS' A COTON, THAT WE LOVE SO MUCH, A GREAT LITTLE DOG BUT HE BARKS AT EVERYONE AND MOST THINGS. HE DOESN'T BARK ALL DAY BUT WE GO FOR WALKS HE REALLY BARKS AT OTHER DOGS, OR BIRDS AND SOMETIMES LITTLE KIDS. HE EVEN BARKS AT MY FAMILY WHEN THEY COME OVER SO THEY THINK HE'S A REAL PEST, BUT HE'S REALLY NOT, HE IS SO PLAYFUL AND LOVABLE AND JUST A GREAT COMPANION FOR US. HAVE BOUGHT BOOKS AND TRIED THE TIPS IN THERE, SO FAR NO LUCK, HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT OBEDIENCE TRAINING BUT LOVE HIS CUTE PERSONALITY AND LOVE THAT HE IS SO PLAYFUL----ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Aug 09, 2009
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Touchy barking problem
by: Gale

Hi Virginia, I can really sympathize with you on this one. On one hand you want to keep peace with your neighbors and on the other hand you just want some peace.

You have to live next to these people so you don’t want to have an antagonistic relationship. You can start with leaving a very short, but polite note.

If that doesn’t work and you have to confront your neighbor, the best thing you can do if this is a chronic situation is to WAIT until you are not in an agitated, frustrated, or angry state of mind and go over and calmly talk to your neighbors. You may even provide them with some information on dog barking training or phone numbers for professional trainers.

Hope you get some peace and quiet soon.

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Coton de Tulear barking at my children

by Jill
(Farmington, Minnesota)

Hello. Our family adopted a 10 month old, male, Coton de Tulear 5 weeks ago. We named him Dexter. He was raised by breeders (2 men) with lots of other dogs, cats and exposure to adults.

We are a family of 5 : me, my husband and 3 girls ages 10, 7, 5. We also have a wonderful 11-year old golden-mix, Katie. Dexter and Katie get along great, but the problem is with our children....

Dexter has bonded great with my husband and I, but not with the kids, yet. I'm hoping now that they are home for the summer we can make this happen.

Dexter is sweet, but shy, and has never nipped our kids or anyone. Rather, he does the "scooby-doo" with his feet to get away from them. He has even now started to jump out of their arms. If I or my husband hold him, he will let the girls pet him and may at times lets us transfer him to their arms. It bothers us that he hides under our tables to stay away from them or new people in the house. He can sometimes be coaxed out for treats from them, but is not wanting to be picked up by them.

Dexter will let my 10-year-old handle him, but always prefers to follow me. And that's upsetting to my daughter. He barks at my 5 year old a lot - I believe because she's loud and quick moving :) We correct him by saying "Eh, eh!" (firmly) then "You're okay..." (sweetly!)when he scrambles away or barks at them. We've even tried ignoring the behavior. We encourage the girls to give treats and lots of loving talk. What else could we be trying?

(My 10-year-old started taking Dexter to obedience training (beginner classes) along with my husband.)

Thanks for your help!


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Sep 15, 2010
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Thank YOU!
by: Anonymous

I truly appreciate you taking the time to make me feel better:)Yes, we are still having issues. If I figure out I will let you know! Best of luck to you, too!

Sep 08, 2010
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You're not alone
by: Karla

Hi, I know exactly what you're going through. I adopted my 4-yr old female coton about 5 months ago. She belonged to a breeder couple who lived out in a 6-acre farm with nothing around. When I read your story about the "scooby doo" I thought I was reading about my Bambi. I have a 14-yr old daughter, and a 13-yr old son. It took the whole summer for Bambi to bond with my son. With my daughter she's still not very friendly. I think what really helped with my son was that during summer, he is the one that took her out in the morning and afternoon. Now that school started, he is the one that takes her out before he leaves for the bus. Since he's the first one back home, she's excited to see him. Let me know if the obedience classes help with the bonding. My Bambi won't get near my husband. And may not hurt with my daughter either. By the way, I don't mean to discourage you, but just wanted to let you know you're not alone...

Jun 29, 2010
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Much Thanks!
by: Jill

I appreciate your advice and quick response. I am understanding about giving him time, but just hope it's sooner than later. He is a joy to have around. Hopefully soon my kids will be able to really "play" with him and participate in all the fun.

Your web page is a treasure!

Jill

Jun 29, 2010
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Coton needs time to adjust
by: Gale

Dexter sounds like a great dog who just didn't get socialized as a very young puppy around children. You seem to be doing all the right things (obedience training, encouragement with kindness and treats).

When I got my dog, Luc, he was great with everyone except men. He would get obviously very afraid and start barking and hiding behind me. I had to ask any man who entered the house to immediately sit down so he wouldn't be towering over Luc (even men who he recognized.) Then Luc would just go over to the man, sniff him out, and then eventually would either lick him or sit beside him. It just took some time and patience for Luc to understand that he was safe.

Explain to your kids that he just needs to build up his trust around kids since he's not used to being around them. Don't try to force them to bond; it will happen naturally over time.

When Dexter starts barking at your 5 year old, try to distract him and then reward him immediately when he stops barking.

You can give your kids responsibilities for feeding, walking, and training which will help build the trust faster. Having your 10 yr old take Dexter to obedience class is a great idea.

I love your Scooby-Doo reference - I could picture exactly what you meant :)





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What can we do to stop dog barking?

Max barks constantly outside. He sits by the fence and waits for dogs to go by. We are on a corner lot and get a lot of people with dogs going by. What can we do to stop his barking?

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Jul 19, 2012
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Stopping dog barking
by: FreeDogTraining

There are number of things that you can do to stop a dog barking, but you will need to find out what the real reason behind the dog barking is.

As soon as this is identified using a number of steps this can be solved easily

http://www.dogpuppytraining.org

Sep 15, 2010
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How to stop barking
by: Gale

One of the best training I've seen for how to stop barking is Doggy Dan's Online Videos. He shows several videos on how to stop barking in various situations (barking in the car, in the yard, when no one's home, at strangers, at other dogs, etc). I recommend these videos because it's so much easier for you to learn what to do when you're watching the trainer's body language and can see and hear exactly how to treat your dog.

In a nutshell, Iris is correct in that your primary job is to help Max understand that he has nothing to worry about. He needs to know that you are in charge so that he doesn't feel like he has to defend your property.

  • At the first set of barks just say “Thank You” very calmly and look over in the direction of the perceived threat (whoever or whatever Max is barking at.

  • At the second set of barks – Slowly walk over to the danger, look around, stand in front of Max, say “Thank You” while looking at the danger. Then calmly turn and walk away and go back to what you were doing.

  • If your dog barks again, you need to isolate him immediately without a word for at least 5 minutes. He should be on a lead so you can grab it and just put him in a room by himself until he calms down. (The lead is so you don't have to chase him all over the yard trying to catch him)

  • You need to do this EVERY time he barks until the problem is solved.

    This really works, but it takes patience, practice, and consistency. I really do recommend the Doggy Dan's Videos. I've seen this work!!

    Good luck with Max. Let us know how it goes.



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    P.S. Barking
    by: Iris

    P.S. don't forget to praise your dog when they obey and especially if you notice they have ignored another dog.

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    Barking
    by: Iris

    In the house I have to work constantly to teach and distract Tuffy not to bark. He needs reassurance and if he barks I go to look outside and reassure him, even take him to the door and let him see no one is there, or if there is someone, (like a guy mowing our lawn) they are not a threat. Tuffy barking is vocalization,talking, a form of communication. He barks for a reason; a warning, out of fear, aggression,and like a child,sometimes to get attention , especially if they cannot make eye contact with me. A trainer told me the best way to train a dog is to take them out of the situation, ie:if out for a walk, you see another dog coming turn around and walk the other way,distract them, tell them" sit "( to release the energy)"leave it" and go on your way. I also live on a very busy corner, and my dog also wants to bolt and go after other dogs, it's a territorial instinct and also probably play and curiosity (do I know that dog?) I take him walking down quiet streets away from the main "drag", He is gradually learning to ignore other dogs, I know it takes lot of consistent training.

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    Dog barking deterrent

    by Janie

    Will a dog barking deterrent work? I have a 16 month old Coton de Tulear who barks when anyone comes near the house. He barks like crazy and takes a long time to calm down so I was wondering if any of these dog barking deterrent products actually work.

    Thanks so much for creating this site about this amazing dog. Luc is adorable!

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    Mar 06, 2010
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    I Bark Because I am Short
    by: Mariah

    Here are some good books: Control Unleashed, Feisty Fido, Click to Calm, Scaredy Dog, Chill Out, Fido and all of Patricia McConnell's books. Try Tellington Touch. Train base behaviors carefully: calm control and trust are essential.Find a good trainer who works with clicker training and specializes in highly reactive dogs, which cotons can be. They are short, face it. Harsher methods (and I am VERY suspicious of Bark Busters, but it depends on the trainer) may have a good short term effect, but break your dog's spirit. Keep your coton out of overstimulating places (e.g. pet stores) and do everything to teach it to relax. Google "Protocol for Relaxation," by Karen Overall. These are all evidence-based, gentle interventions. Takes a lot of patience and time if your dog has got the barking habit.

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    Barking
    by: Anonymous

    I have a one year old coton that barks if anyone or anything comes near me or the house. None of these deterrents work, I have purchased them all. My coton is starting Bark Buster classes, I will let you know how that goes.

    Aug 09, 2009
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    Anyone Have Success with Dog Barking Deterrents?
    by: Gale

    I've heard that many people have had success with some of the dog barking deterrent products available such as ultrasonic devices, anti-bark collars, anti-anxiety medications, citronella misters that spray when a dog barks and a myriad of other products designed to quiet your dog.

    I haven't used any of these products myself and would just caution to just make sure you don’t use any product that could harm your dog in any way.

    I too would love to hear from anyone who has had success with these dog barking deterrents.

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    Barking at other dog

    by Amber

    We have a new puppy who is 6 months old. We also have an older dog - around 5 years old, they get along very well.

    However, whenever we take both of them to the beach to play ball in the water, the puppy does not leave the older dog alone, he jumps on him and constantly barks at him in the water. He seems to be obsessed with him when we are out of the house.

    The older dog puts up with it but he can't have a relaxing swim with this going on. We have tried calling and putting him on the lead whenever he starts barking at the older dog but we don't seem to exist when he is in this mode.

    Any help would be great!



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    Feb 02, 2010
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    BARKING
    by: judi

    I ALSO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH 'GUS' BARKING, IT ISN'T AS BAD AS IT WAS(NOW 14 MONTHS) BUT HE WILL BE FINE ON WALKS WHEN WE COME UPON ANOTHER DOG UNTIL WE START TO WALK AWAY, HE THEN GOES CRAZY, BARKING,GROWLING,PULLING AT LEASH, ALL MY CALMING,REPRIMANDING DOESN'T DO MUCH,JUST HAVE TO HURRY AND WALK OTHER DIRECTION. ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM?

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    how to stop dog barking
    by: Gale

    The only think you can be sure of about puppies is that they're cute and they bark. Dogs bark for different reasons - fear, boredom, guarding, or just for fun.

    Sounds like your puppy is just excited. This is real easy to fix with basic obedience training. I wonder if you've started this basic training yet.

    See if these dog dog barking tips help.



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    Dog aggression. Barking at other dogs

    by Iris Miller
    (Bristol, CT)

    happy, happy, happy! Tuffy.

    happy, happy, happy! Tuffy.

    I noticed a lot of requests for help with barking and walks, so I copied this today from an email I got from AdoptaPet.com. It is lengthy but has some helpful suggestions for proper training.

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    Note from Gale: I've posted a link to the article instead of reprinting it because some authors don't appreciate having their content copied, so just in case, you can read the entire thing at:

    AdoptaPet.comBlog

    Thanks Iris - great article! Thanks for sharing

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    How can I stop my dog barking at people?

    by Emily

    My Coton de Tulear is perfect in every way except when it comes to barking. Missy is 11 months old and she just won't stop barking when she's around people other than close family. This is causing some stress and embarrassment. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Oct 11, 2009
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    by: Anonymous

    just to add one more thing on whistle training. it can be done in your house say upstairs downstairs etc. i look at it as a 2nd measure to come. i still practice come where he sits & stays in front of me & i touch him in case i need to grab ahold of him for something going forward thats why the touch but the whisle can make it a game for both

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    by: Anonymous

    try whistle training for them to come when outside barking, you can get a bag of cheap whistles at party city & start by blowing & treating then blowing & having them chase you to come & treat. treats do not have to be large little pieces go a long way. one thing nice about this is whistle sounds mean, come now & they don't ignore your voice which doesn,t mean they do, but the sound sends the focus to you. they come back into the house to break thier focus away from whatever their barking at & treat. jonah does the same thing & since he likes his leash from our walks after i say thank you, quiet if he does not stop i go out put his leash on say lets go & bring him in the house. he is starting to get quiet means quiet not perfect but much better.

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    Help
    by: Helen

    My 11 month old Coton barks at everyone who passes by. He gets along very well with my other dog, but does not play nice with others, he barks and there is not stoping him, I have to lift him up or he tries to snap at the other dogs.

    I bought a sonic bark collar and it does not help.
    I tried distracting him, no good. I tried pennies in a can, he stops for a minute and then goes nuts with barking again. I have tried spraying him with water, but I can not always be outside in the yard when he is out playing with his brother ( who by the way, never barks and loves everyone)
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    barking/talking
    by: Anonymous

    my coton also loves to get his 2 cents in when one of us come home & we start to talk to each other(like its his turn). even though its hard to ignore them since it is funny, we turn our backs to him and fold our arms & ignore him(he is 1.5 yrs old) it works 3 out of 4 times(almost there). when out walking it has been a challange since he likes to voice his opinion & since he is not food motivated at this time i'm still working on this one. i seem to find if i greet the people(ex. say hello) he stops. with other dogs he is not agressive but when we start to walk away after they sniff each other he barks like hes telling them something.

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    Excessive barking issue
    by: Gale

    I think it's pretty common for the Coton de Tulear to be protective and want to guard their home. When the barking becomes excessive it's time to step in...

    One of the best things you can do for your dog is to make sure she’s socialized. At a very early age she should be exposed to all kinds of people, places and things so she becomes accustomed to as many different situations as possible.

    Try some kind of distraction while your dog is barking. I have used some noisy chains sewn inside fabric that makes a lot of noise when I rattle it. I shake that and give the “enough” command. Works every time.


    Thanks and good luck

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    Barking excited Coton de Tulear Puppy

    by Dawn
    (CA)

    Hello - Our normally pretty mellow 6 month old Coton de Tulear female has just started to bark at everything, and like crazy when she sees a person or other dog.

    We socialized her pretty well the first 5 months but the last month we've had really bad weather & have been sick so we haven't taken her out much until the other day when I noticed this new behavior. We walked along and when she saw another couple walking on the other side of the street she just freaked out barking so loudly it was embarrassing and pulling toward them. They came over to us and once they started petting her she calmed down a little bit and at least stopped yelling. She was very wiggly & jumpy. She has always had trouble with her jumping on people when greeting them, but she calms down eventually.

    I'm at a loss as to how to at least get her to stop the scream barking! It's like she snaps and won't listen to me at all. It makes me not want to take her out because she makes such a scene, but I know that is exactly what we don't need to do.

    Also we did a 5 week puppy kindergarten class from when she was 3 1/2 months old and she did great. She has always been very friendly and licks everyone too much (We have a 5 1/2 year old daughter who our pup adores). Like I said this behavior is very new and I'm not sure how to get her to calm down.

    Thanks so much for any advice!

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    protective mode
    by: Iris Miller

    Same thing with Tuffy, he is a perpetual puppy at three years old. We were also homebound because of the weather and my injury. Now the weather is easing up and we are able to get out a little, Tuffy is ultra protective. I had to switch to his shortest leash and retrain hi to heel and recognize me as the leader. I appreciate the added advice by Gale to teach the calm voice, I will also try that under chin hold technique because Tuffy also has found his piercing screech voice.
    hugs and thanks
    Iris and Tuffy

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    How to calm your Coton
    by: Gale

    Dawn, I can relate to your problem since Luc was the same way as a puppy. We went through lots of training (for me and him).

    The main thing I learned was that Luc barked when he was in protective mode - whenever he perceived anyone or anything as a potential threat he'd start barking like crazy. So, I had to show him that I was in charge and that he was safe.

    One of the coolest tips I learned from Doggy Dan (the online dog trainer) was something he calls the calm freeze. As soon as your Coton starts barking just stop and place your hand under her collar under her chin with your palm up. Don't look at her or talk to her. You only need to do this for a few seconds until you can feel her lower her energy and calm down.

    Doing this and teaching the quiet command really worked great. Let us know how she does.


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    Newly adopted cattle dog mix male has bonded with me but increasingly barks and growls at my husband when he enters the room.

    by Linda Turco
    (Tehachapi, CA)

    I brought home a 1 year old cattle dog mix male, Willie, three days ago; my husband was out of town and met the dog for the first time two days ago. Things seemed to be going pretty well, but then he started barking at my husband every time he entered the house or a room.

    My husband has been trying to calm him by calling him over and giving him a treat, petting, etc. He will usually calm down, but today it seems to be escalating. Willie is totally mellow and loving around me, and gets along well with our other dog.

    I was gone all day yesterday, and my husband and the dogs had a good day together. It seems to be when I am present that this happens. What should I do?

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    Jan 30, 2011
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    aggressive behavior
    by: Iris Miller

    my Coton Tuffy growls at everyone when they go out of the room or house, or a neighbor who says goodbye,It is an act of aggression and domination, and the online dog trainers have good training tips to correct this behavior. I am applying those techniques and they are helping.

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    One person kind of dog
    by: Gale

    Congratulations on your new dog. I'm not an expert on cattle dogs, but everything I've read indicates that Willie's behavior is pretty much typical. They are usually one person dogs. Because of this natural tendency to bond primarily with one person they need to be trained properly so they don't become aggressive with anyone other than "their person".

    Unfortunately, this type of dog ends up in shelters often because people just don't know how to deal with them. I hope you don't give up; with the right training you AND your husband can have a wonderful relationship with Willie.

    I would contact one of the cattle dog clubs or organizations to find out more about how to train this very energetic dog or find a trainer in your local area with experience in this type of dog.

    Good luck

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    Barks and barks and barks!

    by Kristen
    (New Jersey)

    Hello,

    I recently rescued a 6 year old Coton named Jet. While at the shelter he barked a couple of times but I didn't think much of it, dogs bark right?

    On our car ride home he shaked and panted the entire way. At this point I didn't know what to do. Some people say reassure him others say ignore him. I did nothing.

    We got home and he seemed fine. I had invited a friend over and before she could knock on the door, Jet was barking and clawing at the door. My house settles, he barks. A car drives by my house, he barks. I drop something on the floor (thud), he barks. What can I do?

    Another problem I'm having with Jet is that he is soiling his cage. He came from a shelter setting where this was okay but how do I transition him?


    I love my Jet. I have no regrets. All I want for him is to live a happy life.


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    Mar 23, 2012
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    Bark and Barks!
    by: Suzan Mesquite NV

    I rescued a 3 yr old female from a breeder in Missouri named Roxy.
    Roxy lived with the breeder from the time she was born she was spayed and the breeder was looking for a good home so I adopted her.

    I have another female coton de tulear and raised her from 12 weeks old & thought there wouldn't be a problem with an adult dog it would be easier.
    The breeder told me she wasn't leash trained & he never kept her in a crate and she used a doggy door. I live in an apartment and don't have a doggy dog. I thought it wouldn't be an issue putting a leash on and training her, bringing her outside to do her business on the grass because she was used to grass and knew what to do once she was out there. I trained my other dog at 12 weeks put a leash on and took her outside to do her business and didn't have a problem. How ever it wasn't easy just because it's an adult dog doesn't mean it's easy. I was a stranger and her surroundings were new so I treated her as if she was a puppy and let her adjust in her own time and gain her trust and form a bond with her. She fought me when trying to put a collar on her and was scared when I finally got the collar on I kept it on I only had to clip the leash on, I was told to leave the leash on her and let her walk around the house with it to get use to it but she chewed on it so I stopped that.The easy part in training an adult dog is she understands better then a puppy. I didn't introduce or train her with too many things at once I let her get comfortable with one thing and eased into the next.

    I spent 24/7 the first week with Roxy to get use to me and her new surroundings. Once this was done I started to leave her alone I started with going to the mailbox. Then I went food shopping each time I left I left for a longer time. She barked when I left but soon exhausted herself. I didn't keep her in a crate because she was now house trained and I would make sure she did her business before I left. A small dog can only hold their bladder for so long Roxy weighs 8 to 9 lbs and she can go 4 or 5 hrs without soiling in the house when I'm away. I am on a schedule with her I set my alarm each morning at 6am to take her out. I stick to the schedule depending on how much water or when she last ate so I sometimes need to adjust her outings. This works for me.

    Roxy still barks when I leave but not like she did ,after awhile she'll exhaust herself and stop barking. Leave a chew toy to keep Jet busy while you'll away if you have to. It's not easy but in the end it pays off. A coton de tulear is a great companion and loving little dog. Have patience and give as much to a day to build a relationship with you baby Good Luck!



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    Male Cotons have a great deal to say...
    by: GASTON

    My Gaston was a male coton who happened to be thrusted into my life due to anxious barking. He never over came that about himself, but he (we) did adjust to our life together. While his heart was failing, we had to disengage the doorbell so he would barking himself into cardiac arrest :( I miss his boisterous, larger than life, deep voice as much as I miss him.

    Now that I have Jacques Cousteau, my 1 y/o male coton, I am also trying to curb the barking. Some days are better than others. The 1st few weeks must have been so nerve wracking for him because barked a lot. The past 6 months have improved drastically, but there are some days in which he is more worked up than others. But as of now, Cousteau is sleeping at my feet with not a care in the world :)

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    Refocus attention
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    Bean bags (hand size) are easy to make it is just a canvas bag with beans in like the old bean bag game. U also can use an empty can with rocks in it, a bicycle horn, a noise horn that is a can of air that blasts like a horn.

    What they are for is to refocus their attention away from what has excited them back to ur command of thank u, quiet or whatever word u like to use. It's just a short blast of noise to get them to turn their heads to u.

    I think also by ignoring him & letting him shake was good this way u did not reinforce the behavior. By riding in the car again & using treats to say it is a good thing when calm will help the scared behavior go away.

    Soiling will go away as he becomes more confident that he has a home & gets to go outside. U will do fine. He has the most important thing that will direct his bad behavior to be more positive. That is luv. The more he learns what pleases u the more he will move in that direction. So make a big deal out it when he pees outside. Don't worry the neighbors aren't watching. Good luck.

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    Crazy barking will stop after a while
    by: Anonymous

    Don't give up on him. I got my dog from a breeder and he barked at everything in the beginning, even if the wind blew his hair, if he saw a balloon, everytime someone made a noise in the house or came to the door. However, now that he is three he doesn't do that anymore. The first year was annoying but we all found a way to laugh about it. He's really good now and he mostly only barks if someone comes to the door. We met with a dog trainer in the beginning and she said he has really good hearing and is super sensitive to sounds. It would be kind of humorous when he would urgently bark as if to warn us that the world was ending over nothing! He does bark when he gets excited to see someone though, like when the kids come home.

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    Jet
    by: Gale

    Shelter dogs can be especially challenging because you really don't know what they've been exposed to before they found you. You may need to have a little extra time and patience, but you can definitely learn how to stop your dog from barking.

    We've had so many great suggestions from our visitors about this subject. Here are a couple you might find helpful.

    The Barkbuster method

    Similar questions and answers - just click on the comments to hear what other visitors have said.

    And I almost always recommend Doggy Dan's Online training because it's so inexpensive and it really works! I've used his methods on Luc when he was a puppy as well as on my neighbor's dog.

    Also, here is some info on house training older dogs.

    Good luck and let us know how he's doing.


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    Jet
    by: Anonymous

    Kristen and Jet,

    Hang in there...keep reassuring him that he is safe and saying a stern "no" when his behaviors are not appropriate. Perhaps this is still the adjustment phase? Good luck and much success to you!!!

    Jake and Ellie, fellow cotons

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    Need Help With Barking and Aggressive Behavior

    by Susan
    (Spokane, WA.)

    Our 1 1/2 year old Coton de Tulear, Thomas, barks at pretty much every thing he hears and his hearing it outstanding which makes for some noisy times when we're outside. He doesn't respond most of the time to "no bark" and I could use some advice please. Also he's very territorial with his food and his bones/toys. He gets down right nasty with my Golden Doodle who is 4 times his size but luckily is sweet and mellow and he has even snarled at both myself and my husband when we try to take something out of his mouth or away from him. That behavior is simply not acceptable and he gets reprimanded by tone of voice and if really bad he gets a light tap on the nose. Please help!!! Thank you.

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    Teach your dog to stop barking
    by: Lana

    Hello,
    I hope these links will help you out, it takes time and consistency. It will take some time, so please be patient & kind. Baking not always come from aggression but insecurity & hunger for your attention. Very common for small dogs too. Can be corrected. Cotons are very bright & will understand if you work on it. Good luck!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24w-vPtb53c&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vtn8NhofOw&feature=fvwrel

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    Judith
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    When Jonah barks I use the words Thank u instead of quiet. U are right they are alerting u to something they feel important enough for u to ck out. I agree w/u on the dog whisperer guy his training methods are fear driven. I'm glad u said it.

    For any interested "Bing" which is like a Google has a whole video section dedicated to dog tricks from 1-3 min. long which can be fun to watch posted by owners where u can hear diff. voice pitches & they demonstrate the steps to achieving the tricks.

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    Reward good behavior.
    by: Judith

    Barking is to alert to the dog's person that something is out there. Ibegan some of the techniques I used with my children. I say "it's okay" IN A FLAT VOICE, when he's aroused, frightened, stranger is coming near and to the panhandlers on the corners, I cue him to bark. After this has been going on for years now, with a treat for rewarding good behavior, and following the cue.
    Ceasar Milan is an opportunist preying on innocent dog owners, for profit.I advocate positive training verses the way Cesar trains behind the scenes.

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    Who is this dog?
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    I forgot to add Jonah now 4.5 at 1.5 during our walks all of a sudden when a dog would go by us or even across the street Jonah went crazy. I thought "Who is this dog"? Now we had been walking ever since he was a puppy, I tried turning around when walking I tried to make him sit while the other dog went by. Nothing worked. U could classify him as an Alpha male yet he is sweet, gentle & never destroys anything.

    I had been lax in going to the dog park so I started taking him 3 times a week& we still enjoyed our walks on the other days. Lo & behold the behavior just went away. Now I'm not exactly sure weather he just out grew it but I think meeting other dogs on neutral grd. he learned they were his friends & something not to be afraid of. Which might also help with his relationship to his family dog members. I will say he got the sharp verbal AH! AH! alot in his teen age yrs. I do also want to say the water in the face, myself I don't really agree. Please investagate that form of correction.

    Some good shows to watch besides using a good book are "It's Me or the Dog" (Victoria Stillwell), "Good Dog U" (Joel Silverman) or "Dog Tricks" (Zack George) which have all been on Animal Planet & can be found on the web. They seem to follow the positive training of the famous trainer "Frank Inn" (who trained Benji & Benji was the dog on Petticoat Junction & animals on Green Acres, Tramp on My Three Sons etc.) I still watch them repeated on AP when I can & pick up new things I missed the other times I watched.

    Again it sounds like u are doing things right & I know its hard since all dogs are diff. with trial & error. What worked with my Coton did not always work with Silky's. (-:

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    free good dog training
    by: Iris Miller


    Enjoy your dog,
    - Adam Katz
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    No blame, just suggestions
    by: Iris Miller

    I hope I did not come off too strong, and certainly not blaming. If anything, I take the blame and full responsibility for my own Coton's behavior, with the exception of his particular personality. As a Coton, I find he has almost all the similar traits I recognize here on this site. I was only quoting what I have learned from trainers and what works for me, if I can be consistent. The key word is IF. I am certainly guilty, and somewhat to no fault of my own,having suffered a myriad of injuries this past year. I have been homebound and not able to walk my dog Tuffy as he was used to. He is still waiting patiently for me to heal. My neighbor took him for a walk yesterday and Tuffy ran her all the way home to get back to me. I apologize for offending anyone, I should have noted that I was quoting the owner )not the dog) training by the dog whisper, Cesar Milan, about the problem being the owner, the solution calm and assertive discipline. When we are outside and Tuffy starts barking at other dogs or passers by, I pull his leash close to me, make him sit, and stand firmly in front of him, watching out for both of us, not looking at him, I let him know I am in control of the situation with my body language, many times this works, He will still watch intently, guarding his territory, but he will stop the barking (most of the time).
    blessings and love,
    Iris
    PS I have family members who spray their cats and dogs with water as a disciplinary measure, which I personally do not agree with. I do not want my dog to be afraid of water or any other device. He is a smart Coton, and understands a lot of words, that works for us.So does lots of pure bites dried liver treats.;-)

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    Thank You Vicky and Jonah
    by: Susan

    I appreciate your advice and I will definitely look into the book you mentioned.

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    Obedience
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    Their is a good book I picked up at Petco "101 Dog Tricks" by Kyra Sundance & Chalcy. It breaks down how to teach. since he already knows how to speak it will help u teach "quiet". It will help u teach "drop it". It will help u teach "walking calmly". By taking control as the teacher w/the treats u will become in control of a dog's agressive behavior & please no more hitting the nose.

    U can go to Petco, or a book store & spend some time reading thru the book to see if u will like it. The nice thing is it has step by step pictures that make it very easy to follow. I am 57 & had not purchased a new dog book in over 20 yrs. I have worked dogs in Px. field & Obedience & find this an easier teacher of useful tricks.

    Also at the age of 1.5 they are still basically puppies sowing their oats to see what they can get away with. So try the positive approach of refocusing their energies to learning how to be a great family member. Good luck u will do great.


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    by: Susan

    First of all re: my earlier post about my coton and his barking, he primarily barks when we're outside and he hears noises, dogs in neighboring yards, kids playing basketball, etc. I understand that he is just being a dog when he barks at these things but I would love for him to stop when I tell him to. Re: snarling when we attempt to take things away from him, he never bites us and once we have removed the object he stops snarling and goes back to his sweet self. We have 2 other dogs, a lab and a golden doodle which are much larger than he is and the trainer, YES, I took him for obedience training, said he wants to be the alpha dog. Neither of my other dogs are alpha and therefore really let him get away with a lot. Thomas (coton) doesn't seem to be insecure about much of anything and believe me we do NOT allow him to behave badly. We adore him, the other dogs love and play with him and he tries to play with my cats (2) but only one of them will even have anything to do with him or the other dogs. There does seem to be some people who are putting blame on either the breeders or those of us who have these problems with our cotons. I appreciate the constructive advice and will try the "hissing" noise and spray bottle with water.

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    train yourself
    by: Iris Miller

    There are excellent training programs offered here, as well as online(ie:the dog whisperer), I am amazed that we all keep asking what is wrong with our dogs and what should we do to fix them.
    We the people need to take responsibility for showing our pets(and our children) that we can be trusted to be in charge at all times, and that they need to follow our lead, not to be led by them. A dog needs to have a sense of security, just like a child, and if that is inconsistent, if we relax and think we don't need to continue the structure of training and being the authority and a strong leader, out of necessity they will have to become our pack leader. They will have a heightened sense of danger and insecurity, not knowing who or what is dangerous, they go out of control, become fearful and defensive and overly protective of us, the weak ones, they now are continually anxious. If they are going after family members put the leash on them hold it close and make them sit until the energy discharges and they are calm. Never accept unacceptable behavior, it is not cute and can escalate to dangerous. what always helps is more Exercise, discipline (short leash, keep the dog behind or aside, not ahead of you. don't be looking to them for direction, guide with assertion and confidence.), love & treats.
    good luck, love &blessings,
    Iris & Tuffy Coton

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    Help for barking
    by: Deede

    My Coton isn't much of a barker (he's much worse at chewing), but my Silky is a big-time barker. We also use a spray bottle to spray water on him when he's barking and it works amazingly well.

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    barking should go away hopefully
    by: Anonymous

    Hi! My coton was super sensitive to all sounds for the first year. Everything startled him and we have a busy household with three boys! We had a behavior consultant come in and observe and really that's what it was, he has very alert sensitive hearing. He finally got used to the sounds and isn't so alarmed anymore. Anytime the doorbell rang or someone dropped something he reacted with this loud urgent bark like he was trying to save us from a fire or something! He is three now and I think it probably stopped about a year and a half ago. One way to stop the snarl or bad barking is to make a short hissing noise. He has never snarled or growled at me or my husband but he used to do that to our two older boys but never the youngest. He thought he was higher ranking in the pack than them I suppose. He has stopped that as well because we consistently yelled his name whenever he did that. Hopefully your dog will outgrow it! Our dog was never possessive though so I don't know what to say about that. Good luck and don't give up!

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    Barking Controlto bark
    by: Anonymous

    My Coton hates water. When he continued barking after being told to stop, I sprayed him with a little bit of water. I have done it twice. He will usually stop, or go to a low growl now. If not, I just have to pick up the spray bottle and he stops immediately!

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    Breeder?
    by: Anonymous

    Not sure this has anything to do about the breeder. The dogs are a year and a half old. It is definitely an environmental issue and a training issue. Just need to figure out the proper methods to use to break them of the habitats they have learned. I'd suggest obedience school if possible or a greater introduction to large groop's of people and animals.

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    Aggressive behavior
    by: Anonymous

    Check with your breeder! This its a serious issue that any responsible breeder should be alerted to in order to avoid future need related issues.

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    Did you steal my Moriarty?
    by: Mitch Tuckness

    I would be interested in hearing some ideas as well because I think she stole my dog and he does EXACTLY the same stuff, ALL of it and I haven't got a clue what to do.

    Oh, and he always has to have the last word (bark) no matter what. So if anyone has some ideas be nice to hear them since my 1 1/2 year old Coton does the same thing. I thought the food issue was because I have a cat that is ALWAYS hungry and if she couldn't make it to her next feeding she started eating Moriarty's food. Well now he guards it and runs her off (and every other animal) and sounds horribly vicious--though never bitten anything--which has me worried.

    I attributed the barking at people/kids because when he was a puppy and I used to walk him one night a little kid that could hardly stand up straight came running up to him screaming 'puppy, puppy'. Well that scared Moriarty to death and his response was to bark. Now he barks at all kids and even adults, even if they have been in the house for hours, He just looks at them and barks.

    So let us know!

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    How can I take my dog out without him barking all the time?

    by Jean Gradwell
    (Hampshire UK)

    I bought a Coton five weeks ago from a top breeder who is chairman of Coton club. He barks all the time when out and he growls now at everyone entering the house.

    The therapist, which breeder paid for, diagnosed fear aggression. The vet said not he was not socalized; breeder said he was. He was 5 months when I bought him and I cannot take him outside as barking is frightening others.

    I do not know what to do, as he is perfect otherwise. Please can you help? The breeder said he would take him back but I could not return him - I love him.

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    Nov 01, 2012
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    Dogs barking
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    The empty can w/rocks, marbles that make noise r great tools. Type the top thou. Jonah never paid attention to the noise in the can so I used an old smoke detector that when he started barking, scratching at the front window I would say quiet if that did not work I pressed the button. He soon got the message since it seemed to always happen while I was in the kitchen with dirty hands. U can use a bell, air horn also etc. It is actually just a tool used to refocus attention back to u to make them forget they just saw a dog pass there window.

    Now they will probably never stop sending out the warning bark but they will learn to acknowlege it is time to stop & that is the signal ur working toward. Jonah reacts to 3 words Thank u, enough or quiet. I don't yell either I have always tried to say it as quietly as possible which trains them to listen for ur voice. I am a loud talker so I had to work on me. LOL.

    To new dog owners when ur dogs starts shaking do not coddle & say its alright. U r telling him it is ok to be scared. I know it sounds harsh but as long as u stay calm & not fuss ur dog will pick up & not learn not to worry either. He picks up his cues & excitment from u.

    During storms I use a fabric sheet to wipe down the coat to stop the electricity but I have now talked to 4 long time dog owners that really like that new coat thing they have to calm during storms.

    Cotons thou r not nervous little dogs. They used to be shown in the gun group in the UK & were classified they could follow horses for ever. Yet they were bigger then. So build ur puppies muscles in a reasonable way when young & walking.

    In areas where storms can be louder then here in AZ if they r still showing anxiety try moving to another room with them when young or old where the storm may ot be so loud & watch tv w/them. Again if shaking hang in their & pretend it is no big deal & they will pick up from u it is no big deal.

    Good luck all I can say is repetition. Also before a behavior goes away it seems to always get worse. I think it is their last hooray to test our persistence.

    Nov 01, 2012
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    BARKING
    by: KATHY FROM PA

    I GOT TRISCUIT WHEN SHE WAS 7 MONTHS OLD AND WAS SO SKIDDISH THEN AND STILL IS...THE SLIGHTEST MOVE MAKES HER JUMP A FOOT OFF THE GROUND,,SHE ALSO BARKS LIKE CRAZY WHEN SOMEONE COMES TO THE DOOR (OR WALKS BY THE HOUSE)..SHE HAS NIPPED A FEW PEOPLE WHEN THEY CAME IN. WE NOW USE THE SQUIRT BOTTLE WHICH HELPS SOME..ONCE THE PERSON IS IN, SHE IS FINE AND NO WORRIES BUT OF COURSE SHE WON'T LET THEM PICK HER UP. SOMETIMES I WILL SHAKE A CAN OF PENNIES, AND THAT STOPS HER BARKING ALSO...I THINK SHE IS BEING PROTECTIVE BUT I DON;T LIKE THAT BEHAVIOR. OTHERWISE, SHE IS THE CUTEST LITTLE THING ..WILL TRY TREATS AND SQUEAKER TOY AT DOOR...KATHY FROM PA AND LITTLE TRISCUIT

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    Congrats on ur New Coton
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    Entering the house: Have ur company start walking in with a squeaky toy & treat. Hang one in a bag on the outside of the door w/the treat before they arrive. As they enter & the dog is barking squeak & turn into play by throwing the toy. They also can just throw the treat or hand to him whatever he is most comfortable with when the dog brings toy back or approaches them again. They will start to see visitors as good things.

    Start getting out to the SMALL dog park as often as u can. This will socialize ur pup. Jonah has never been a big running jumping player at the park but luvs to go. U get to know great people & all will luv ur Coton. He also learns to met all kinds of people, kids & dogs. Jonah will mostly stay by my side even thou he knows most of the other dogs but thats really a great thing about the breed. In the morn. when I say park he's ready. Maybe the breeder socialized in her own way & ur life style needs socialization in another.

    Please thou do not forget a walk a day to get out an about. Try to not let the park take away from how much they luv a walk. Also shots up to date & the DHPP one every yr as recommended.

    Good luck & get out w/ur dog they luv people. Hope this helps let us know how its going. U will do fine.

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    Barking
    by: Trish

    All I can think of is more free play time with other dogs. Mine was pretty skidish also. Cash is my first dog which I think helped a lot. Banks, my Coton is my second dog. He is 1 year I got him when he was 2 months and was afraid of everything. In my neighborhood there is a place called party animals. I found them on meetup. It is a indoor place you can go with your dog to play with other dogs off leash. That is key. For my pup anyway. When we are at home that's when he barks like a freak. I didn't want to do but it works. Spray bottle. Now all I have to do is shoe him the bottle and stops barking. It's great! Hope this helps!
    Trish

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    Coton de Tulear, BB, Not Barking Anymore (Sort of)

    by Steve and Regina
    (Staten Island)

    Hi everyone -- here is a long one, but worth reading.

    BB has had a busy month! We brought in a trainer and in 60 minutes two major behaviors changed -- barking every time he went out on the deck and him not coming to his mommy when called.

    First, his mommy issues. I was always the one who put him in his crate to sleep -- which he hates. He came to associate me with crating. Trainer had me squat down, put my hands between my legs, clap lightly and call him. Within 60 seconds he came to me and now almost always comes to me when called. If not, I just bend down and repeat the move. He has learned to trust me all over again, and we are best of pals. Daddy is still his favorite, but I'm right up there.

    More important was the barking issues. We have a deck that extends into a park and have many visitors -- racoons, birds, possums, cats. There were even baby racoons under the deck. Each time BB went out, which was about 25 times a night, he would race out barking, check the perimeters, huff and puff, and bark, and bark.

    So the trainer comes. He (the trainer, not BB) sits down. I open the back door. BB goes to do his routine. But just as he starts, the Trainer tosses a bean bag in front of BB and growled. BB stopped in his tracks. Backed up. Looked at us. We reassured him that everything was okay and he could go. He runs out -- no barking.

    Turns out that the reason why he was barking was to protect us from our visitors. He still runs out, he still checks the perimeters, but he doesn't bark. Every couple of days, we go out with him and check the edges of the deck with him and let him know everything is okay and we thank him for checking.

    The important thing is that he does still bark sometimes (we wouldn't want him to lose his voice)but we have been able to teach him good barking from bad barking (front door yes, back door no).

    I know this is getting long so one last thing. We learned to talk his language. When he misbehaves, we growl at him. A low gutteral growl, just like he does. He gets it! Of course, we do this in public too, which just makes us look crazy.

    Bottom line, definitely worth the money! So for all you Coton owners, learn how to growl. It was almost too easy a fix, but it is working for us.

    Hope this helps. Our angel is even better than before (as if that is possible).

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    by: Sharon

    I found your post to be great. I have tried growling at my dog, but he seems to just ignore me. He acts as though he doesn't hear me or is so entranced at whatever he is barking at, (usually another dog, or people that walk past my front porch.) I have tried using the string of metal discs (supposed to have similar effects as the bean bag) and it stopped him for a while, but then he just ignored that too. UGH.

    Anyhow, I am still working on this issue, otherwise he is such a sweet boy. And loves other dogs, but is extremely protective of me. So if they are around he will go bark as if he wants to play, but then if I pick him up he puts on this mean nasty sounding bark. Strange.

    Anyhow, I might try these techniques again since it has been a few months. Glad to hear they work for you. Let's keep our fingers crossed.


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    Thanks for the bark training!
    by: Iris

    I have the same problems with Tufyy, but in reverse, he does not bark at people coming in the door, he barks and growls if the say good bye and walk away! He also does not do well on come on demand, only if I am getting out of his sight, he will then come running. One thing that worked was a whistle, so that is a good alternative to me hollering for him. I am going to give the squatting thing a try, and also the growling. Will let you all know how we are doing. PS, Tuffy and I are traveling, he was perfect in the airport and on the planes.
    love my Coton.

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    Barking
    by: Adrianne

    where do you get a beanbag? My coton chloe is always barking in our backyard. She is checking out the dog behind the fence.

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    BB AND BARKING
    by: KATHY

    STEVE AND REGINA
    I ENJOYED YOUR "LONG" POST...IT WAS REALLY FUNNY, AND INFORMATIVE. MY COTON, TRISCUIT GOES OUT AND BARKS ON ONE SIDE OF THE FENCE AND THEN RUNS OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE, BARKING AS SHE GOES...I HAVE TRIED THE CAN OF PENNIES, WITH SOME SUCCESS, BUT I WILL TRY THE BEAN BAG TOO.
    MY BIGEST ISSUE WITH HER IS WHEN COMPANY COMES TO THE DOOR AND SHE BARKS AND DOES HER LITTLE GROWL. THEN SHE RUNS AROUND THE ROOM..AFTER THEY ARE IN, SHE IS WONDERFUL....BUT FOR LTHE FIRST FEW MINUTES IT IS CRAZY.
    I TRIED THE BARK OFF, BUT NO EFFECT AT ALL.
    THANKS FOR THE INFO..KATHY AND TRISCUIT FROM PA.
    HELLO TO STATEN ISLAND, LOVE IT THERE...

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    by: Gale

    Thanks so much for sharing your training experience with us. I used Barkbusters also when Luc was a puppy because of his fear of cars and his excessive barking. I too was very pleased with the results. So glad to hear BB's doing so well.

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    Why does our Coton bark at walkers and neighbors?

    by Janice
    (Greensboro, N.C.)

    He doesn't seem to like strangers. Sometimes he acts as if he wants to bite them.

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    Anna
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    Cotons have excellent eyesight. If u do not want to trim the hair on his eyes then maybe tie it back. If u go to videos here on this website to the one at the bottom it is from "Dogs 101" on Animal Planet about the Coton. If u notice all of the dogs have some type of rubber band or barrette so their vision is not obstructed.

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    Teaching Quiet
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    In the back yard is one of the easiest to teach quiet when the neighbors come out. When ur dog starts barking take some treats with u that slide down the throat easy ex sm pieces hotdog. Cut up 1 slice into 6-8 treats.

    Go stand beside ur dog. Just stand there until the barking starts. 1st bark say Thank u quiet. If quiet for quick count to 3 treat. Stand there 5 mins or less. Continue every time he barks.

    If u do not have time to do this at 1st bark call him inside. Practice this every time the neighbors come out. It will not take long.

    In the house u can practice speak. One he starts barking say good boy speak he barks again then u say quiet. Quick count 3 treat. If they start to bark before 3 count say quiet again & if they stop immediately treat. I guess what I'm trying to say is do not set them up to fail. The minute there is quiet (even 1 sec) if they are starting to jump the gun reward.

    Once they connect quiet w/quiet its a win win. Hope this helps.


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    small and lots of hair
    by: Anna

    All I know is that Woolsey is so short and his hair is so long that sometimes he does not see all that well. The Vet asked me why I would want to cut his hair and that he can see ok. I also do not think his (or maybe all Cotons) eyesight is a good as other dogs. He will sometimes see a trascan or a newspaper blowing in the wind and think it is an animate object. If I was a short as Woolsey and surrounded by so many tall, large objects I know I would be barking too!

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    Barking
    by: Anonymous

    Brady is 1 1/2. He is learning that we don't like his barking. We tell him to leave it, if he doesn't he goes to bed (in his crate) for 5 mins. Lately, when we tell him to leave it, he stops barking. This is when we're in the house. When in the backyard, he won't stop barking at the neighbors...We have to bring him inside. I'm sure they don't like him.

    He's pretty good on his walks....barking mostly at runners, loud cars and bikes. We'll be so glad when he can accept what's going on around him. He still acts as if he's afraid of strangers. We can't really trust him to get close enough to people so they can pet him. He is such a sweet, cute little fellow around us.....so playful and energetic. How can we get him to like other people and not be afraid?

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    Barking
    by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

    Jonah does the same as he lays on the window sill at the front window. Now when we walk, go to the dog park or when friends come to the house he does not. But if someone come to the front door he does.

    I read somewhere years ago that a dog does this as a protection to his turf. As they walk by ur house they send out a warning. As the passer by moves away from house basically they say to themselves. Yep I did that! As if the reason they moved away from the house was the result of their warning signal.

    U can sit with them by the trigger area & use a friend to walk by & before the bark starts with treats use the word friend & keep treating as they walk by to ease the excitment behavior until it goes away.

    U also can also teach the word quiet which works if u also have a fence in the back w/neighbors where they also may react along w/the window. I use the trigger Thank u for their warning & then quiet. Good luck.

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    coton barker
    by: sherry cotton candie

    How old is he? Sometimes out of fear they can react that way or maybe being over protective of you. I do not know all that much but have found its usually a defensive action.

    If he is young I would suggest getting him around as many people as possible and giving him a sharp "NO" or tug when he starts in.
    REWARD with a treat when he quits or behaves quietly. Lots of praise for being quiet.

    We took cotton everywhere when we first got her, including parades which were sooo noisy. She now does not react to anything and loves everyone (except kids at times). She gets nervous when they grab at her face.

    Good luck with him and keep us posted. If he is an older dog you might want to consider obedience classes if that is feasable.

    this does not work, perhaps you might want to consider obedience

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