Dog Barking Solutions

Linn Boyke, a professional dog behaviorist, explains why dogs bark at noises and how to help them quiet down
Understanding why dogs bark and helping them to quiet down
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When dogs bark and the baby is napping, which is going to be a lot because babies grow when they’re sleeping, that is another key element to behavior expectation drills. How do I expect the dog to behave at any given time when the doorbell rings and the dog barks? The dog is actually doing a security job. We really want it to calm down to its more primal way of being. When we brought dogs into our world, we brought them in to let us know when there was something out there, not [bark]. We want it to let us know, not scare away the prey, not alert anyone to our position, an enemy. We just want fast looks [chuff]. The way to get that back from your dog is to listen to it. In the beginning before having your baby, every single time the dog barks out the window, the human needs to get off its butt, every single time, and go and listen to what the dog is saying. It’s a perceived threat. Look out the window as if it’s real. Open the door if you need to. Look. While you’re looking and acting as if it’s real, the dog is playing close attention to you. You heard me. I don’t have to bark so loud. The more you do that in the beginning, behavior expectation drill, listening, the calmer the dog is going to be in alerting you to a threat. Then you get into the idea of what a realistic threat is and what a real threat is. So either way we want the dog to know we’re right there. We’re security. I’ll take over from here.
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Linn Boyke, a professional dog behaviorist, explains why dogs bark at noises and how to help them quiet down

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Linn Boyke

Founder, ZEN4K9S Behavioral Recovery Center and Beyond the Dog

Linn Boyke began his work with dogs in 1997, after the tragic loss of his dog Ginger fueled his desire to help other dogs. He started with a dog walking business and later, began offering private lessons of training in obedience. Linn quickly found that traditional methods of training had little effect on his clients' dog behavioral issues. He wanted to provide the help they needed and began searching for answers to the concerns they had about their dogs. When he failed to find this information, Linn became very frustrated. It became clear to Linn that his emotions had a dramatic effect on the dogs, which caused their behaviors to escalate. He nearly gave up all together before finally hearing about a man people were calling the "Dog Whisperer", Cesar Millan. After spending only a few minutes with Cesar, Linn knew that he was in the right place to get the information that he sought. With Cesar's guidance and consistent invitation to be in the present moment, Cesar helped Linn to discover that he already had the answers. It clearly was not a dog issue, but a lack of communication.

In 2004, Cesar's life changed forever when National Geographic Channel picked up his show, "Dog Whisperer", that quickly caught the world's attention. Soon after, Cesar was informed that his busy schedule would not allow time to provide private consultations and rehabilitation. Cesar's "Ripple Effect" then changed Linn's life forever too. For the next three years, all calls to Cesar's Dog Psychology Center for consultations and rehabilitation were referred to Linn. Linn was extremely honored to be asked to continue teaching Cesar's philosophy.

Many lives have been changed after meeting and working with Linn. Clients have driven from all over California and from as far away as Connecticut, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Las Vegas, Montana, Michigan, Arkansas, and Washington to have consultations with him. Linn will always be grateful to Cesar for showing him what is possible through self-awareness. Cesar is his greatest role model. Linn has also spent time with three greats in the dog world: Martin Deeley, Mark Goldberg and Robin MacFarlane, learning their unique methods of using the remote training collar. Linn is very proud to be a professional level member of International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).

Although Linn was trained directly by Cesar, he has developed many ideas and techniques that he has combined to create his own philosophy. He is teaching these methods to hand-picked applicants from around the world at his School of Dog Psychology in the LA area. Linn is dedicated to educating as many people as possible to help them better understand how dogs communicate and how to provide for them.

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