10 Responses to “Nuisance barking”

  1. Libby April 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM #

    We used a bark-activated shock collar for one of our old dogs–it took less than a day for him to learn. The nice thing is that once the dog learns not to bark, you can take the batteries out and he won’t even try it 😉 When we left the house and put him outside, we did have a fully active collar on him “just in case.”

  2. Michelle (MG) April 24, 2008 at 12:22 PM #

    I agree about the barking collar. They work. Good luck!

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  3. Annie April 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM #

    Bilbo’s a barker when it comes to people pulling up in the driveway/coming to the door. It never bothered me much so I never tried to train him out of it. The nice thing about where we live now is that EVERYONE has dogs and they all bark, so Bilbo’s minimal barking is nothing.

  4. Shannon Stacey April 24, 2008 at 2:11 PM #

    You lost me at cleaning lady. Sorry.

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  5. Denise April 24, 2008 at 5:02 PM #

    Angela,

    One bit of advice. Don’t get a no-barking collar that makes a high-pitched noise to discourage the barking dogs. I got one like that years ago for one of my dogs. It was awful. Bark. Long beep. Bark. Long beep. On and on. It had no effect on the barking but it drove me batty. It was worse than the barking.

    All my neighbors where I live now have barky dogs, so I just yell at mine when they’re especially annoying to me. Otherwise, I don’t worry too much about it.

  6. Erin April 24, 2008 at 5:57 PM #

    My MIL used one of those bark collar thingies for her weiner dog… and supposedly it worked for her.

    Let me know what ends up working for you guys, Angie. The evil min pin is a barker (but of course she is, lolol).

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  7. Maria Zannini April 24, 2008 at 9:45 PM #

    I realize those shock collars work, but I still think they’re terribly cruel. Try putting one on yourself and see what you think. :gah:

    I’ve only had one barky dog in my life and we cured her with a spritzer bottle of water. Whenever she barked we spritzed her. Took her completely off guard and eventually she learned to be quiet. We praised her when she was quiet and scolded her when she barked more than once.

    It might help to find out if there are specific things that set them off. They are barking to warn you. That’s what dogs do for their pack. The trick is to reassure them that you’re aware of the situation and that barking isn’t necessary.

    I’ve trained an awful lot of dogs over the years, and there is only one trick to getting them to do what you want. You have to be more persistant than they are.

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  8. Terrilyn April 25, 2008 at 6:34 PM #

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the best way to cure barking is to find something else for the dogs to do with their mouth and then praise the bejesus out of them. Give them a toy and when they have it in their mouths, tell them what good dogs they are. They drop the toy and bark. Tell them no–give them the toy and when they take it and stop barking, praise them up one side and down the other. It is time consuming, but cheaper (and IMHO more humane) than a bark collar (which I tried and didn’t work). Spritzing works too (along with yelling no). The trick here is consistency!
    Good luck!

  9. Tera Kleinfelter April 25, 2008 at 9:20 PM #

    My mom and dad have a Lab that barked constantly when he was outside. They got a barking collar and that did the trick. It worked amazingly well.

  10. Heidi April 27, 2008 at 11:20 AM #

    Cloudy must have read your blog and thought that your pups are having all the fun, because this weekend she started barking too…mostly at the neighbors (we have nothing to separate the gardens in the little village we live in).
    I’m blaming you :gah:
    Add this to all the other stuff she’s doing and I’m ready to tear my hair out :waah: She is super hyperactive and won’t let anyone except for me, hubby and kidlet anywhere near her. When she’s on the lead and people come by and say how cute she is, she just about strangles herself to get away from any incoming pats or affection. But like I said…she’s hyperactive and begs for attention from us 24/7. We’ve had a rescued puppy before but he wasn’t anything like this. Did I mention I’m ready to tear my hair out?
    I keep praying that she’s gonna grow out of all the stuff she’s doing :pray: but I think it’s wishful thinking

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