Illinois school dorm director teaches dog to bark in whisper

Brian Gertler taught his dog, Dudley, to bark silently so they could play late at night. (Photo: Facebook/Brian Gertler)
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GREENVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A resident director who lives in a dorm at a college in southern Illinois has taught his dog to bark in a whisper.

Brian Gertler lives in an apartment with his wife and 1-year-old dog Dudley inside a freshman dorm at Greenville University , about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of St. Louis. WGN-TV reports that Gertler found that Dudley's excited barking when they played together was waking up students at night.

Gertler says he noticed that Dudley didn't bark out loud during a game of fetch because he was winded from running back and forth. The 24-year-old says he slowly trained the dog to bark in a whisper. That means the pair can play in a much quieter way.

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