That is great that Ryder stays quiet when the other dogs around him get to barking. Maybe he does understand. After all, ACDs are smart dogs. Cassie rarely barks unless the dog next door is at a certain point along the fence. Abby attacked at the fence one time, so now Cassie wants to go after her. Otherwise, Cassie seems to like everyone.
Our ACD, Ryder, responds well to the clicker. My mini-poodle, Colman, "shuts down" and won't work at all with a clicker. So each dog is different.
I could never get Colman to "speak" so I have trouble with the "quiet" command, too. He has been a perfect dog with very little barking at all since we have been on vacation. (We left February 2, 2014 and won't get home until March 2.) Even when other dogs are barking at him, he chooses to ignore. I say "good quiet" and sometimes treat - he probably does not put it together as to why he earned a treat.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
That's funny. I have often heard that to get them to stop barking you need to teach them to "speak" and then the "no speak." Then you can tell them "no speak" to get them to stop barking. It never worked for me, though. I couldn't get them to bark on command in order to teach them the "no speak" and when I did get one to bark everyone else started in and then I couldn't even be heard over them.
My new girl has not been taught obedience or tricks at this point. She is just starting to learn to sit on command. I would have thought she would know "sit," "down," "come," and "stay," but when I ask her to sit or down she doesn't seem to know what I am talking about. She is about 4 1/2, but did conformation shows and got her championship, then went to live with 2 different people who ended up not having time for her. I think that now she is insecure because if I leave her in the back yard to get something out of the truck she will jump the fence and come running. She is also so velcro that I can't even see where she is.
I don't know if I will be able to use clicker training because I don't know where any of my clickers are. But I can use voice to mark her actions instead of the clicker.
We did basic clicker training but I don't feel like we really got a lot out of it.
In fact, I got more out of cheese than I did with the clicker. I tried for weeks to teach Flamey how to shake but it wasn't until I had gouda (and no clicker) that she got it. She offers me her paw all the time now when I'm trying to teach her something else. That, or growls or drops. (I was quite chuffed when she caught on that grrRrrRrr meant I wanted her to growl.)
I used clicker training with Blue and Venture. Many ACD owners have said it is the better way to train ACDs. If you have a dog that gets upset about the clicker or afraid of the clicker itself, you can just say the word "yes" when you would use the clicker. My Aussie was afraid of the clicker, too. There are some things I don't understand about clicker training, though, when you click for something the dog does without telling him what you want.
Blue was funny when he was learning things through clicker training. He was in novice obedience classes and learning to come to heel position from on front of me. He would come in and touch my hand first before turning to the heel position. When he was starting out he got to the 3rd or 4th time and just stopped and looked at me, cocking his head from one side to the other. When he figured it out it was just like when they say the light comes on. The questioning look disappeared and he got a happy look, jumped up and came running. He was so cute.
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