The schnauzer, a dog named for its distinct nose shape, was originally bred in Germany. Schnauzers are friendly, loving, and energetic pets that get along well with people of all ages. They are also protective and very alert to any type of danger. This protectiveness can cause them to be barkers, sometimes excessively. Training your dog to not bark excessively takes training and patience.
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Exercise your dog. Often, barking is a result of boredom and pent up energy. Exercising your schnauzer is a very important step to keeping him happy and preventing obnoxious behaviours.
Startle him. When your schnauzer begins to bark, startle or distract him with a quick, loud noise. This can be a clap of the hands, a short yell, or even a whistle. Distract him or startle him into stopping and changing what he is doing.
Train him to speak. Schnauzers want to alert you if there is a potential danger. They are, by instinct, going to bark if they feel alarmed. This could be due to a doorbell ringing or a knock on the door. When your schnauzer does this, he should be praised after two barks. Command him by saying, "Speak," and then treat him after the second bark. Then walk away so he will not think that every "Speak" will result in a treat. Eventually he will associate the word "Speak" with the act of barking two or three times only.
Ignore him when he is barking excessively if he is crated and does not need food or water and has eliminated all waste. Walk away when he barks. Ignoring him makes him realise that he is not getting out by simply barking. You may have to wait him out the first few times until he understands that he cannot bark to get your attention.
Tips and warnings
- Many people spray water in their dog's face as a deterrent. Many pet experts argue that this damages your relationship with as well as the personality of your shnauzer. Likewise, bark collars that spray or shock your dog are generally seen as inhumane as well.
- Training your schnauzer to not use his natural instinct, which is to bark, takes patience and time. Having a dog is a long committment and should not be taken lightly.
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