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Dog barks every time it goes outside

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She's a seven month old Maltese/Yorkie mix. Every SINGLE time I let her outside, she starts barking. It doesn't matter which door I let her out at - she'll find something to bark about.

I finally had to put her on a leash, so we could at least give the leash a tug while saying "Shut up". But we've been doing it for weeks now, and she'll still start barking every single time.

What's worse, my parents (who I live with) ERUPT whenever she starts barking. Their idea of training a dog is to beat it until it stops. I do NOT want to resort to that, I know there has to be a better way. But she won't learn "shut up", and their patience is wearing thin. It's also getting frustrating for me as well.

Any advice?
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Thanks Trainer, but what do you mean by using a "clicker"? Something that makes a clicking noise? Is that supposed to substitute verbal praise or commands?

The problem isn't the fact that the dog is scared - we have 50 acres of woods and fields to run around in, and we go hiking whenever the weather permits. She's perfectly relaxed and happy whenever she's out there.

Even when she stands out there barking, she's not acting scared or nervous. It's more like the dog equivalent to someone pointing and shouting "Hey! Look!" over and over and over and over again.
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