Dog Blog: Friday training talk

Use this space to discuss training issues -- brag about successes, lament setbacks or bounce a question off the group.

I'm still battling barking issues with my dogs and the neighbor dogs. Every time I think I have it under control, it crops up again and the training starts all over.

My problem child is my smallest, Jillie. If I talk to Lucy, my Chessie, when I let her outside, she'll mostly keep quiet. She might let out one woof. Eddie, my larger Yorkie, is generally pretty good. With no direction, he won't initiate the barking.

But toss Jillie into the mix, and it sends everybody into a frenzy. Jillie will run out and yap even if the neighbor dogs aren't there. That brings the neighbor dogs running, which incites Lucy. Eddie is a wildcard. He'll either join the barkathon or ignore it.

I think what I'm going to try is to let Jillie out by herself and go out with her for a while. I'll walk to the fence and reward her and the neighbor dogs for silence. Up till now, I've said "good dog" when she's quiet, but it obviously hasn't worked. Maybe some more positive reinforcement is in order.

So what's up with your pack? Anything to discuss?