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Barking at everything

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I have a 3yr old spayed AKC French Bulldog. She is the most high strung dog I've ever seen. When I come across other Frenchie owners they say their dog isn't as crazy as this animal.

Basically, she barks at everything. In our fenced in backyard she runs back and forth and barks at any neighbor she can see, any neighbor dog, and any vehicle that looks like a mail delivery truck. When she's inside, any little noise that could POSSIBLY be somebody outside (it's really the wind), she goes nuts and must be out outside.

Any thoughts on how to deal with this animal?

Thank you!

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How much/often do you exercise her? Excessive barking can be a sign of inadequate stimulation. If she is getting at least 45-60 minutes of exercise every day and still barking, you might try supplementing with a 10-15 minute training session of learning a new trick or practicing old tricks. You might also try introducing a new game that requires both physical and mental stimulation. That can be as simple as a game of fetch where she has to bring the ball back to you and drop it at your feet, frisbee, or agility.

Management is also very important. Preventing the behavior is one of the best ways to eliminate the behavior! Try playing a white noise machine to block out those outside noises. Do not let her run around in the backyard and bark. Bring her in when she begins to bark. The more she is able to practice the behavior the more ingrained it will become.

Train her to be quiet by training her to bark on command. Basically, if you can train and reward her to speak on command you can than teach her a 'quiet' cue. There are many tutorials on YouTube that you can watch to help you out with this one. Be warned, sometimes it doesn't work....but it's worth a shot! You should also randomly reward her for being quiet on her own, whatever she is doing. Chewing a toy and not barking? Reward her! A truck went by and she didn't bark? Reward her! Start small. You dropped a feather and she didn't bark at the noise? Reward her! Look up "Capturing Calmness" by Kikopup on YouTube. She has some great info!
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