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Re: Barking
Thu Aug 7, 2008 12:44

They can be trained not to do this. Nico knows he can bark to let us know
someone pulled in the driveway or someone is coming up the walkway. He
doesn't bark at cars going by the house or people out for a stroll.

He's also been trained to stay, stop and come on recall. He does not chase
cars, bicycles, people jogging, etc. He knows that squirrels in the yard are
fair game but he freezes in place when he hears the stop command.

Shelties are very intelligent and they try really hard to please their owners. It
does take patience and positive reinforcement.

  • BarkingTom Smolich, Thu Aug 7 12:29
    ALL SHELTIES BARK !! It is inherent in them. They are also extremely loyal and protective of their owners. They also love to chase cars, brooms, shovels & rakes when you use them, bikes etc. because... more
    • BarkingGene, Tue Jan 26 12:14
      Well I've had two and neither of them barked and didn't chase anything. Neither barked at other dogs either. Of course you may have to spend a little time to overcome these tendencies and teach them... more
      • Re: BarkingTom, Tue Jan 26 15:26
        Well if you have Shelties and they do NOT bark - you are extremely lucky. We have had 5 over the past 25 years and ALL SHELTIES BARK - the difference is to what exztent. ...........and we have tried... more
    • Barking, chasing, etcGene, Fri May 8 12:48
      Well I'm an owner of a 2 year old Sheltie, my second. My first barked at loud noises but I eventually trained him not to except when someone knocked on the door! My current Sheltie is not a barker... more
      • BarkingLinda, Sat Jan 23 22:08
        I agree - I trained my last Sheltie to stop barking when I told him to - "No bark!" and he'd stop.
    • Re: Barking — Tamara, Thu Aug 7 12:44
      • BarkingTom Smolich, Thu Aug 7 20:17
        Tamara - You are very lucky. Our two shelties have had all of the training you could possibly provide BUT the barking still continues. They respond to vebal and silent commands for everything EXCEPT... more
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