I use a small bottle of water- I take it on walks and have it nearby to squirt my little doxie when she barks. It has cut down on barking about half of what she used to do- she still does it, but it is limited now.
I also don't yell at her- my loud voice doesn't help. I go over to her and talk quietly to her or many times, just saying "shhh" as we walk helps-- practice, practice.
I have the same problem with my chihuahua/rat terrier. She is 2 years old and whenever she sees someone walk by the window she'll start barking and when she's in my backyard she'll bark at my neighbors. I usually pick her up and say 'no' in a firm voice. Then I'll distract her with a toy or jiggling my keys. She usually stops. When she goes through a walk and doesn't bark at anybody I give her a treat. It's working for me. (08/31/2005)
You can get "no-bark" collars to put on barking dogs from most pet supply websites. The collar doesn't really hurt the dog - just tingle a little bit when he/she barks. Try that before your neighbors report you for being a neighborhood nuisance! Good luck! (08/31/2005)
You might want to talk with someone who offers dog obedience, or an animal behaviorist to find out why she is doing this. (Barking is their way of "talking", or communicating.) If you have always let her do this, then it will take awhile to control it. However, I would not suggest the no-bark collars. I certainly wouldn't want to be shocked, even it is supposedly only a tingle, every time I did something that someone else thought I shouldn't do! (08/31/2005)
Yelling is not effective with my dogs. They have learned to tune me out.
Here are a couple of ideas 1.) A squirt gun 2.) coins in a small tin can.
A little water in the face or the loud, obnoxious noise of the coins rattling in the tin can will startle the dog and he will stop barking. I am currently using the coins/tin can method with my rescued 5yr old long haired dachshund, Doodad. Now he makes one short bark and stops himself because he knows in a second I will be going for the can. (09/01/2005)
The no-bark collars are extremely cruel. The dog is just expressing her self. First, find the reason she is barking, then distract her. It will take a deal of patience, but the bond you will build with your dog will be long standing. My Dachsie is a barker, when he starts, I calmly talk to him and give him some extra attention, then he will respond to me and not bark, it is something that has to be worked through, but well worth the results. Kindness always pays . (09/01/2005)
My Mom bought a spray bottle and filled it with cold water. Every time our dog started barking and didn't stop. Mom would rush out to the dog & spray it in the face, of which the dog didn't like. It only took a few times of this to break the dog from continuous barking. Good luck! (09/01/2005)
I suggest you use dog collars such as no bark collars that are effective, humane and safe for controlling unwanted barking. -andrei
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