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Have you tried turning your back at him and turning back to face him only when he is quiet? Maybe if you do that many times he will associate barking at you with being ignored.... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/Beagleicon.gif

This is something that must be solved on the behavioral level, not just because of the neighbors. He just cannot rule you that way!
 

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I'm not a huge fan of Cesar Milan but do pick out bits and pieces of his training techniques to try with Mags -- one thing that does seem to work is the snake-like sound he makes to get a dog's attention. Impossible to describe here and not sure if you get his show in Australia. Sometimes Maggie will bark at me incessantly and, if I can't just shut the door to keep her out, I make that sound and she stops barking -- sometimes not for very long but at least it gives me a break. I am sure if I did it regularly it would work more consistently. The other training technique I use is hand signals -- I have always used them with her and, now that her hearing has deteriorated, they come in really handy. You might try a hand signal (of your choosing) along with the sound so he associates the two -- then reward when she stops barking. After a while he shouldn't need the treat.
 

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Originally Posted By: JenniferI know it's hard on you and on your neighbours but ignoring him really is the way forward. If it truly is demand barking then everytime you give him the attention he is seeking, even if it's negative attention, he has won. The more consistently you ignore the sooner he will realise that barking at you gets him NOTHING. Don't forget to praise the minute he stops and is quiet.
Ditto! I completely agree. You may not see the results in a day, and it might even take a week or two, but it WILL work. Give him attention on your terms, not his. That is why when he quiets down, and relaxed, then you give him the praises, treats and attention.
 
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