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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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The clicker is used in the clicker-training method. The sound tells the dog the moment she did the correct thing.

So in this example, the dog barks continuously. You say "quiet" and the dog stops for even a second, you click the silence and give the dog a reward.

You could also use your voice and a reward. Say she's quiet when you give the command, say "good girl!" or "Yes!" and give a reward. That can work just as well. Clickers have some advantages voice praise doesn't, but your voice is something your dog probably already associates with good things, especially when in a upbeat tone, which eliminates the first step in beginning using a clicker, pairing it to equal a soon-to-come reward.

Also, she may just be excited or something could look or smell interesting and she might want you to look at it or take her there for a closer look/sniff. :) Since she's not scared or nervous when she barks, sounds like it's a possibility. I admit, extroverted dogs aren't something I'm familiar with :)
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