They make bark collars now to help that very problem. Two different kinds are available. One gives the dog a slight shock and the other emits a high pitched sound.
I have friends who have 2 Dachshunds that were getting them into trouble with the neighbors because they were barking a lot. They went to a vet who told them to use barking collars which are not painful but instead give a little shock. The dogs learned very quickly not to bark, and now all they have to do is SHOW the dogs the collars to get them to stop barking. (08/25/2006)
Several conditions should be addressed first before a solution can be found.
Are your dogs kept outside most of the time in a secured area? If so have you noticed if the barking stops when you go outside where they are kept? As a rule a dog barks as a warning sign or to alert of a pending danger.
Could there be something ( a moving tree limb, a shadow, a blinking light or even a constant noise such as the air conditioner or traffic) that your new dog sees in his mind as a danger. Constant barking is not something a dog will do for fun. It is exhausting to them, but they will continue bark until the danger has either gone away or until his master comes to remove the danger.
Not knowing much about your dogs past home environment, you may be creating the barking problem yourself.
If the dog was an inside dog prior to your adoption, he may not like being outside all the time, especially if the dog was use to being around people. The dog may be using his bark to call you to his area.
You first need to find out what or why the dog is barking. Depending on the cause for the barking, then the solution will come.
Most of all, if you want a solution listen to what your dog is TRYING to tell you. Anyone can be a dog whisperer. (08/25/2006)
i have a rescue dog that also had that problem. I filled a small spray bottle with water, and when he started to bark i would say "quiet" and squirt him with the water. he caught on very quickly. For the first week or so, I kept the bottle handy. When he would start his barking, I would just have to show him the bottle and he would quit.
He is a house dog, so this worked well. He doesn't like water, so this was the best method, and painless for him. There are more good tips on the web. Some recommend putting pennies in an empty pop can and shaking it, but that did not work with him. He just would bark louder. Good luck. raspet
Have you taken your dog to doctor to see if there is a medical condition? If she was an inside dog and you keep her outside, problem is simple, bring her in. (08/30/2006)
When I was a youngster, my mom broke a pet from barking all night, by splashing a glass of water in it's face every time it barked. After the pet learned it was going to get soaking wet each time he barked at nighttime, he finally quit. (08/31/2006)
I too have a serious barker - also a rescue pup. Definitely get a bark breaker collar- with the zap function. The are about $50 from Petco and are a lifesaver. The zap is not bad-- I tried it on myself and I would say it's like getting a static shock when walking on the carpet. Need to change the batteries regularly if you have a serious barker.
I also have Bark Free ultrasound device posted in my dog run area and that helps tone down barking from my dogs and my neighbors dogs as it sends out an ultrasound high pitched beep when the dogs bark telling them to quiet down. Purchased from Ebay for about $50. Very effective. Good luck! (09/24/2006)
Praise your dogs when they aren't barking, and if this doesn't work, get a bark collar. I have used these collars on my dogs, and they work very well. The only drawback I found is if I put it on my German Shepherd and he barks at strangers walking in front of my house. He is a guard dog, so I don't put the collar on him while he is in the house, only when he is being unruly out in the back yard barking at squirrels. (12/10/2006)
You might want to try calming her/him down by saying come here boy/girl. If that doesn't work tell it to be quiet. If it still doesn't work well you probably want to go to the vet with her/him. (03/17/2008)
I wouldn't splash water in my dogs face for any reason I can think of. I believe the zap bark collars are inhumane too along with spray bottles. (I had ordered a "zap" collar and personally I was appalled at how "shocking" it was to myself when I tested to see how strong it was. I immediately returned it.
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