So I know Corgis are known to bark alot, but has anyone tried training your Corgis not to? Cadi is now 15 weeks old and hasn't barked that much, except when I'm not paying attention to her and when she's playing in the backyard.

I had a friend come over with her dog today to play with Cadi and she started barking like crazy. After 5 minutes of barking, my neighbor yelled shut up (through his window....even though it's 2pm!). So I would like to teach Cadi to lower her voice or not bark when playing. How do I start training her that? Or is it even possible since she is excitedly playing?

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Comment by Snickmom on June 11, 2012 at 12:00pm

I have had some success with a water spray bottle and a can of air that makes a loud SHH sound. I think dogs should be allowed to bark at appropriate times, and 5 minutes of play barking does not seem excessive. To keep the peace, next time you could stop the play after a few minutes and distract them with some quiet attention, then let them go back to playing. My neighbor's dog barks because it is bored, for a lot longer than 5 minutes!

Comment by Tomi and Story on June 11, 2012 at 12:34am
A popular dog trainer/vet named Ian Dunbar (videos on YouTube) suggests to teach your puppy to "speak" on command, which also allows you to teach them to "shush" on command. Story's 11 weeks now, and her barking sounds exactly like Cadi, she uses it to get my attention or when she is playing and barked alot to get the attention of a playmate that came over this weekend. I'm going to try to teach her speak/shush. I'm sure there are other members that have additional advice, too. Good luck!

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