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How to make her bark?

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Leaping Bull, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Leaping Bull

    Leaping Bull Puppy

    I adopted my pit bull, Bella, about a year ago. In that time, I’ve never, ever heard her bark. Not once.

    I think maybe her old owner tried to train it out of her. She was definitely abused, so maybe she’s afraid to. She’s also pretty wary of strangers, at least when they’re on our property.

    The thing is, we’d actually like it if she barked when someone came to the door. I tried to get her to by holding a treat in front of her (I saw it in a YouTube video) but she was totally silent.

    Is there anything I could try to make her bark?
     
  2. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Mine was like that too. In time she began alerting us when people were at the door. It took her over a year.
     
  3. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    Apbt’s are by nature a fairly quiet breed. I’ve also got a few that I’ve never heard bark. Nothing to do with how they’re treated, it’s just the way they naturally are.
    Personally I wouldn’t encourage her to bark, as it might end with her persistently barking leading to complaints from your neighbors.
     
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  4. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    You've got the right idea. Teach her to speak.
    Teach it separately. If she gets excited about food, tease her with it and reward her for ANY sound she makes -- a whine, a groan, a sigh. Keep going and she should eventually do a real bark.
    AFTER she has learned to speak (bark) for a treat and knows what "speak" means, have someone knock on the door and say "speak" and have opening the door and seeing who is there the reward.
    This is what we did for a couple who bought one of my puppies and had the same problem -- she was a quiet dog and they wanted her to alert to sounds at the door.
     
  5. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    Barking can be a greeting or a warning. The pit bull breed does not usually give much warning.
    They are more action and less talk.
     

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