He nips when kids run indoors. He barks at doors, phones and other noises. He also barks at stray cats.
I don’t have the money for trainers, and have tried training from books and collars.
I have looked at searches on google. It doesn’t relate to my dog, or money is asked. I need sites that allow me to tell a trainer about my dog and they can give me advice. Thank you.

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  1. Westley's mom

    I really like the forum here: http://www.rewardingbehaviors.com They emphasize positive reinforcement training.
    Also check out http://www.clickertraining.com. Also positive reinforcement.
    I also like the Behavior & Training forum on Dogster.com, but you need to be careful who’s advice you use because some of the people train the old-fashioned way with punishment, corrections, etc. Some have great advice, though.
    Positive reinforcement training is much more reliable in the long term for training, and reinforces, rather than damaging, your bond with your dog.

  2. Appalachian Bluebird

    Just look for basic obedience training. I ran across many sites dealing with barking and nipping when I was searching. Can’t remember any of the sites though, sorry about that. But you can watch “It’s Me or the Dog” (I think its on animal planet) if you happen to have that channel.
    Ignore my response. These people have way better answers. lol 🙂

  3. Breanna

    If you have a younger kid in the same room as the dog….and the kid is running around….once the dog starts to bark, remove him from the room. He will soon realize that barking is not good.
    Nipping, if he nips, make a loud noise to distract him. Lets say he nips you, make a loud noise saying to him that it hurt. Turn away and ignore him until hs calm.
    Reward when he is good!!!

  4. melissa k

    http://www.ddfl.org has behavior tips on its Training and Behavior page. The barking info should help you.
    Nipping is a bit more tricky and you probably should get personalized info. Search online for “Shelter behavior hotline” or something like that. Most shelters don’t charge for this service.

  5. Ali

    Biting and mouthing are normal behaviors for puppies. Dogs don’t have hands so they investigate objects and their environment with their mouths. To a curious puppy, everything about this big world is brand new and exciting. He learns as he goes along. You can almost hear his thought processes as he discovers something he’s never seen before: “Hmmm…what’s this? [chomping on it] Something to eat? No? [tossing it around] Can I play with it? Maybe. Can I make it squeak?”
    Playing is also a normal learning behavior for puppies, especially play-fighting. Play-fighting with littermates and other animals develops reflexes, coordination and physical skill. It also helps them develop social skills and teaches them how to interact positively within their canine society, their “pack.” And it’s great fun for them. Sometimes their fighting and “attacks” on us appear frighteningly fierce but to them, it’s just a game. Much like a group of kids playing make-believe games and pretending to be grown-ups, puppies have their own games and pretend to be “grown-ups,” too!
    A dog’s ability to control the force of his biting is called “bite inhibition.” It’s a critically important skill that every puppy needs to learn, the earlier the better. At first, they don’t know their own strength nor how sharp their little teeth really are. Puppies learn to control the force of their biting from the reactions of their mothers and littermates during play and especially play-fighting.
    We can teach puppies about bite inhibition, too, but

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