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5 Stereotypes About Small Dogs

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Back to the yapping thing. Have you heard Marmaduke?
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This stereotype is particularly exasperating. Though it's true that some breeds of dog tend to vocalize more than others, not all of them are small breeds. Big and small dogs both bark in order to communicate or get a response. A barking dog may be bored (exercise it!) or lonely (play with it!). There may be a sound the dog responds to, or it may be frustrated or afraid. Looking for the cause of the barking can help reduce or eliminate the problem.

You can train your dog to limit its barking by using positive and negative reinforcement. Praise your dog when it doesn't bark at a particular trigger. Reprimand your dog by shouting "no bark," or squirt some water at your dog's face to stop it from barking. When your dog stops, reward it for being quiet. It may take some time but you can guide your dog to a quieter lifestyle. And always remember this: Big dogs bark, too!

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