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Alisha Nelson

Kassie is 4 months in this photo. We got her from a local breeder in Columbia, KY when she was 3 months old. She was so timid for the first couple weeks and not very active but she finally warmed up and is so loveable. She's full of energy and loves to play Frisbee.

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There's actually a good practical reason to teach your dog how to bark on command. It's easier to teach your dog the "Quiet" command when she's already learned the "Speak" command. "Speak" is easy to teach because you're telling her to repeat a behavior. With "Quiet," you're telling her NOT to repeat a behavior. But once she knows "Speak, "Quiet" becomes easier to teach using the principle of contrast (more on this in a second).

1. You'll need something that usually causes your dog to bark. Vacuum cleaners often get this reaction. Squeaky toys are also good – anything that makes a sound can generate a bark.

2. Start squeaking the toy and talking excitedly, then give the command "Speak."

3. When your dog barks, click and reward.

4. Repeat this until it becomes consistent.

When you get the "Speak" command consistent, you can introduce the "Quiet" command more easily. Simply ask your dog to bark using "Speak," then say "Quiet" – when she stops barking, click and reward. Keep repeating this and she'll begin to understand that "Quiet" means stop barking.

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"Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat."

~ Oxford Union Society, London, Rule 46




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