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Old 11-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gustave is not a barker...yet. Every time I say it to another dog owner they tell me he hasn't found his voice yet.

So, when did your pup find his voice? Is it possible Gustave might never be much or a barker?


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I met Leila when she was almost 8 weeks old and she had already started. At that time, she sounded like a little squeaky toy. It was so cute! Now, she is big enough that it sounds like a real bark. I don't know if you read my post from earlier today about the Echo, but she has just realized it sounds different if she barks in the bathroom and it kinda echos. So, she will sit there and bark non-stop just to hear herself.

So far, knock on wood, she hasn't barked when someone knocks on the door or rings the doorbell.
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It's possible for sure. My Zoe isn't a real barker either. Sometimes they do change and learn how to use their voice.
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When we first got Jasmine and she barked we were so happy and urged her to bark!! But now I can't get her to shut up!! She barks a lot, especially when visitors are here. We have tried everything to shut her up, but she won't stop!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We went to Vegas and the dog in the hotel room next to us was barking non stop. Gustave looked in that direction and barked once. This was different from his usual bark. If he's surprised while he's sleeping he wakes up and barks in a shrill voice, but only one time. This time it was different. This was a big boy bark.

Me and the husband looked at each other and distracted him right away and then played with him and gave him a lot of treats. He kept looking in the direction of the barking dog and kept coming back for treats.

Since I live in an apartment building we really need him to not be a barker. The Vegas incident scared me though. It made me feel like he will certainly start barking if we let him. I am fooling myself to believe I can always distract him and give him treats for not barking when he's tempted to but I don't know. I am hoping there are dogs out there who just don't bark a lot and that Gustave is one of them.


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It's good to treat him for being quiet. He may never be a "barker".... some just aren't.

Gus isn't. He didn't bark for a LONG time... I think his first real barking was around 6-7 months!

Grace is VERY vocal. But she's not a big barker - she's a dying goose, a bird (chirping), and a tiger (does the tiger chuffing).... I thinks she's species confused....
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Milo was around 12 weeks - so not long after I got him. He is a barker - he always barks. He even barks in his sleep a lot. He's very very vocal.
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It's good to treat him for being quiet. He may never be a "barker".... some just aren't.

Gus isn't. He didn't bark for a LONG time... I think his first real barking was around 6-7 months!

Grace is VERY vocal. But she's not a big barker - she's a dying goose, a bird (chirping), and a tiger (does the tiger chuffing).... I thinks she's species confused....
Lol. Gustave is a whiner. I just start whining with him now and he just stops and stares at me like, "what the ****!"


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Milo was around 12 weeks - so not long after I got him. He is a barker - he always barks. He even barks in his sleep a lot. He's very very vocal.
Really? Does he have different barks? Like, a squeaky one and a deep, more serious one?


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Maisy's was high pitched and shrill for a while. When she first did a regular bark it wasn't long after we got her.. .Maybe 10 weeks. She was so small that her bark would knock her back a foot across the floor. LOL But now she barks at everything... Dogs in the neighborhood, dogs on tv, noises outside, noises on tv... people at the door... random things she thinks she hears... ALL THE TIME. LOL She even barks when we are playing. You are blessed with a quiet baby! LOL
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