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Q. Our small rescue dog follows only me around. Wants nothing to do with my spouse and constantly barks at her. What should we do? Thanks Mike

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A. Ignore the barking. Start having the dog depend on your wife for evey one of his needs--food, water, treats, petting, being let out, walks. You must fade completely into the background for a while. The barking cannot be rewarded, either by positive or negative attention (yelling at him to stop, for example). He should not get anything unless he is quiet. If your wife has his food bowl in her hand and he starts to bark, she must stop where she is and stand until he stops. If she takes a step and he gets going again, she stops again. I am availalbe to help with this--just click on the link on my profile page.

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