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Any tips on a loud barking Yorkie? Oso is so adorable, loving, and sweet but late nights he goes out to pee and then barks at the top of his lungs. I am afraid he will wake next door neighbors as it is pretty late when we go to bed. Also if he is alone in a room, my husband in bed and me in our office room, he will go sleep in the living room then wake to bark loudly, scaring me. He just got 'fixed', he did not spend the night at the vets. He loves to board with his Cookie/Jack Russell, so what's up with the bark?
There are a few things to consider here: Why is Oso (or any dog with a barking problem) barking? Is it something he sees, like a stray cat? Is it something he hears, like another dog?
Our neighbors across the street have a dog named Skittles. Skittles used to bark nonstop whenever he was outside. Day or night, it didn't matter. Skittles barked all the time. Our neighbors got a new fence, they switched from chain link to a wooden privacy fence, and all of a sudden Skittles stopped barking! He must have been barking at things he could see. When there was nothing to see, there was nothing to bark at.
My dogs will go nuts at certain things they hear. For some reason, the sound of motorcycles drives them bonkers, and they both race to the nearest window to bark. During the summer, when the air conditioners are humming and the sounds from outside are muffled, they bark a lot less.
I'm going to suggest two things for you to try:
Barking is often caused by boredom or attention seeking (and the two go hand in hand). If Oso feels like he has been left outside too long, he may start barking to get your attention. It sure does get your attention, right? If you go out with him and try to hurry that last piddle break along, you may be able to get him back inside before the barking ever begins.
This is a guide about my Pomeranian barks too much. Certain breeds and individual dogs tend to bark quite a lot. Training them to bark less can be challenging.
The best way to teach a dog not to bark is to teach it to bark, and then reward it for barking. I have my Bruno, who is a Rottie mix who lives in the house, has just recently seemed to learn that I like him to mouth the word "Mama" and he gets lots of attention. It is really cute, and endearing to see them say words rather than bark.
Here is one of my favorite videos, and I hope you will enjoy it. It all has to be fun or it is not worth it for you or your dog. I don't use a clicker, but just when we are spending time together, I will say "Mama" with a questioning voice, and when the dog tries to say it, I just act all happy and praise him.
Remember, if you do not always have treats somewhere (hot dogs, cheese, chicken pieces, etc.), you are not near as interesting as you could be and you won't get near the results. Life is a game of getting treats for fun things in training. If they don't get it after a little bit, back up to something they do get. It must always be fun!
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I have a Welsh Corgi mix that barks at everything! When we first got her at 4 months she was very quiet, now she won't stop. It is getting to the point that my husband has told me give her away or take her to the pound. Does any body have any suggestions how to stop it? I have tried numerous things; one more won't hurt. She is very sweet and fun. I hate to give her away.
By Alicia from Johnson city, TN
You could get a bark collar. When used properly they will spray a bit of citronella into their face with every bark.
Another choice is a shock collar. You will have the remote, and when you push the button, they get a mild little zap. So if you say "quiet" and she barks, you zap her exactly that second that she barks.
A spray bottle. Again, if you say no and she barks, she gets a spray of water in the face.
Do those sound cruel? Sure beats having to re-home your dog, and with the exception of the bark collar she will soon learn to stop when you say so if used properly. When we moved to an acreage my dogs were well behaved most of the time but soon figured out they could run off if they choose, which turned out to be once a month or so. As we are near a highway that was just unacceptable.
Having a shock collar has made it so I can have them off leash with me instead of tying them up all the time, and once they were trained we only get it out once in a blue moon to remind them if needed. Made a big difference for the better in our life.
We have had a puppy for less than 48 hours and we can't get her to stop barking when left alone. Her crate is in the front room and when she is left she just barks the house down. We need help as were unable to sleep due to her barking. She was abandoned and found by the RSPCA and now we have her. She is 11 weeks old. Please help.
By JAMES00HEART from Christchurch, New Zealand
When we brought home our last dog at 6 weeks she cried at night when we put her in her kennel. I bought a sound machine with a heartbeat and placed it outside her kennel so she could not reach it. I found mine at Walmart but you might be able to find one at a Dollar General or Freds. I turned the volume up a bit to try to duplicate her mother's heartbeat. She adjusted rather quickly and she started sleeping (and so did we). After a few weeks I started lowering the volume a little each week to wean her off the sound and she continued sleeping peacefully. Hope this helps. Post a picture of your little fur ball as I always enjoy seeing all the pets.
Our 18 month old boston terrier has started barking at any noise in or outside the house. It is an awful bark that makes you jump out of your skin. Is there a way to stop him from this behavior?
There are many bark control products on the market. DrsFostersmith.com is a good place to view many options. I have, personally, used Lentek's Bark Free with great success with my pomeranian, indoors. Have not tried it for outdoors, but it is for indoor/outdoor use. It helps prevent annoying barking, is completely controllable by your preferences and in no way harmful to your pet. Good luck to you.
We set out last month to "debark" our pomeranian.
First, the most important thing is that you _want_ your dog to bark at strangers or if he/she wants to be let out, so make sure you go investigate whatever it is that he's barking at, at least initially.
Then, if our dog continued to bark after that, we told her "hush". After the second hush, we picked her up and held her over our head (which she hates) for about 15 seconds. After about five repetitions of this (over a couple of days) she now knows that if we say "hush" and point at her, she darn well better shut up! It's actually worked pretty well.
You could also pick the dog up and hold it like a baby, or bathe it, or anything else sufficiently obnoxious but not harmful to the animal.
Some dogs just like to bark but most likely she's trying to tell you that something is wrong. I found with my Maltese who also liked to bark that if I told her "It's okay, thanks!" that she would stop. Like the Guest says, if you can find some way to let them know that it is Enough, you see what they are barking about, it will help. As little as they are, they feel they are your protector.
Susan from ThriftyFun
I read on a dog training site that if you take a used pop can and put a few pennies in it and tape it up totally and when they start to bark for no reason,you shake it by their head.My daughter used it for her two Llaso Apsos and it seemed to work. Especially for breeds of dogs that like to bark alot,it can eliminate some stress for you .Give it a try.Hope it works.
We have labs and usually we can get them to hush by saying enough now it's ok....but when we first got our choc lab she barked at everything so we resorted to using a spray bottle.....we placed it on stream and when she barked excessively we would spray her with it and say no....eventually she learned to associate the two and now when ever she starts a behavior we don't approve of we simple set the spray bottle out and just saying no and showing her the bottle stops it.....
Maybe you should go see what's wrong! After a little while, if it continues, then put it in a play pen (thats small) and tell it to be quiet. But ALWAYS make sure that it knows you love it!!!
We have just purchased a rat terrier who is 3 months old. She is not barking at all. We purchased her as a house/alarm and for the children, but she is not barking. Something wrong?
It takes a little while for a dog to know that you are their family. If you've just gotten her, it may take a week or two or even a month or two until she knows you are who she is supposed to protect. Just be patient and when she does bark at an appropriate time, praise her.
Once she knows you are her pack, she'll start to let you know when anyone is approaching.
Susan from ThriftyFun
Linda. I had my 4 year old Pom for a month before I heard her bark. She is just acclimatizing herself to new surroundings and isnt sure yet if it's HER home.
Susan, it sounds like your dog just discovered his voice. I agree with those who say to just let him know that you have checked it out and that everything is okay.
She may be just bored too and there are things you can do so she can spend some time foraging for her kibble or digging a biscuit out of a doggie toy thingie--I THINK it's called a bong.
As for the products sold to stop dogs barking, why put out more money if all you need is some attention and communication with your dog? Some of them are effective but not so nice for the dog.
Here is the first thing I noticed about your comment... you said he's 18 months old. This is a magic age for dogs, and a hard time for the pet parents. This is much like when your child turns 18 and wants to be independent and grown up. They push boundaries, test limits, and of course test your nerves. Work with him on this barking. If you can, anticipate when you think he is going to bark and distract him with a "Psst!" or a little "bite" with your hand on his neck or butt. Generally, Boston's don't bark... but I've met a handful who do... I luckily have one who is silent, most of the time. Squirt bottles are also highly effective as are rattle cans. Most Boston's are also EXTREMELY sensitive, and therefore VERY responsive to this kind of positive punishment. You may also seek an obedience class. Bostons are super smart and easily bored. I teach obedience classes, so of course I'm inclined to suggest such activities... but you might find it really enjoyable for many reasons. Good luck!
My chi pin barks at everyone. How do I curb her barking? She is 8 months old. Thanks.
Orab from Hollywood, FL
I agree with the bark collars. Although you may think it is cruel, the bottom line is if it keeps her in a loving family rather than the local pound. It is tough love and works. We live in Australia and there is very little tolerance for barking dogs. We finally had to resort to shock collars and it made all the difference in the world.
If you aren't comfortable with a bark collar, there is a little device sold by pet supply places for about $30 that just sits on a shelf or wherever (9 volt battery, no outlet needed) and emits an ultrasonic noise that hurts their ears but that people can't hear, when the dog barks for more than a couple seconds continuously. The dog doesn't need to wear any equipment; the thing has a sensor that works for something like a 20 foot range. I use one and it works great- I have a small ranch house, so when I leave, I close all the bedroom doors so they can't see out those windows, and let them roam around the living/dining/kitchen areas, which still keeps them in range of the correction if they bark. This also works if your neighborhood's homes are squeezed close to the property lines and your neighbor's dog barks all the time. Stick it near a window close to the line and it will work on their dog if it's in range, without hurting the dog. Not sure if I'm allowed to post where it's from, but if so, I got mine from Drs.Foster and Smith online.(I don't work for them or receive endorsement comp.)
The reason 99.9% of dogs bark is because they have not been properly socialized (trained) nor do they receive adequate exercise and interactive play with their owners.
Shock collars are NOT used in "loving" homes and seldom work...even after they have burned scars into the dog's neck. The same goes for other gadgets that are marketed as a sit-on-your-butt fix.
Your dog should be playing WITH YOU for at least an hour a day PLUS taking at least two half hour walks in the am and pm with you. Yes, you really do need to spend time with your dog...each and every day no matter what.
A tired dog is a happy dog and they don't have the energy to bark their heads off and get into mischief. How do children behave if they are cooped up in the house all day with no one to play with?
Exercising your dog is not the same as "letting the dog into the yard" where they are still bored with nothing to do. Pets do not exercise themselves; just like little toys are not a substitute for friends and interaction with people.
The fact that your dog is small doesn't change their needs. NO dog can get adequate exercise inside your home. Small dogs require just as much effort as large ones. They have all the same requirements in order to be happy.
Since your dog isn't even following a basic command from you at 8 months (stop barking); you need to get into a local older puppy training class ASAP!!! Your dog wants to know what their function in the family is; they need a job to do. They must be given play and socialization time with many different other pets as well. Fear stemming from lack of socialization and training creates tons of bad habits; barking generally being at the top of the list.
Your local shelter should have a slightly less expensive group class than area trainers. It's your responsibility to train and socialize your dog and it's NEVER too late. You had the money to buy a dog, even if it was from a cheaper backyard home breeder which is a tiny step above buying from a pet shop (ie buying from a puppy mill/concentration camp for dogs). Now you have to take responsibility for your dog and get him trained so you can both be happy, well behaved and content in your home.
Even before you can get into a class; you will see results if you are truly getting enough exercise with your dog. They will be much more calm and relaxed. So will you!
Good luck and PLEASE stay away from shock collars and other excuses for failing to train a dog properly. They will only make your dog's life miserable and you'll be relieved until they take their energy out in another bad behavior format. Do it right the first time and do right by your dog. Get exercised and get both of you into training.
Watch "The Dog Whisperer" or get his book at the library. He shows how to deal with barking, you must be calm assertive and "own" the window. His methods DO work. I used them on our rescue hound who was totally untrained and he does really well. When he barks I go stand in front of the window and "own" it. Yelling just makes them more worried and will increase the barking.
Try to avoid any punishment-based approaches. Explanation of why at the end of this post.
Ask yourself these questions and try to find a solution from these. Sometimes a multi-faceted approach is needed.
How is your dog being rewarded for her barking? If you can eliminate the reward from the equation, then you can do much to solve the problem. For example, does she get attention? Touch? Even yelling is attention. Yelling can also be interpreted as barking so she might think you are joining her in "sounding the alarm." Sometimes the reward can't be eliminated, as in the case where dogs bark as someone coming up to the house, and then the person leaves. The dog thinks her barking has worked and will do it again.
How much exercise/attention/mental stimulation does she get? Barking can be an outlet for excess energy and frustration.
How much socialization does she get? Exposure to new objects, place, and experiences will desensitize her to them. It will also build her confidence (if they are positive experiences) and this will do much to make her less stressed about strangers or strange things near the house.
How are you reacting? Does she see you as the leader or has she taken on this role? Do some reading into establishing yourself as the calm, in control leader and she may not feel she has to take on the role of protecting the house. I used to live with a family who had two dogs that barked at everything. The only time they were silent was when the father told them to be quiet. He didn't yell. He just used his normal voice and they immediately shut up. He was calm and assertive and the leader in the household; the dogs could see that.
Other tips include trying to distract your dog before she gets into a frenzy. They don't respond well when they are in that state.
You can try teaching your dog to bark on command, and then teaching the quiet command. Use treats. Then you can use the quiet command to get her to be quiet.
I'd avoid ANY punishment-based approaches. You could be creating other behavioural problems. For one thing, you could be creating a biter. Dogs learn by association and if she barks at a child, for example, and then feels pain/discomfort or is frightened, she could begin to associate those feelings with children. The latest research PROVES that punishment is NOT an effective training approach. People still stand by it because it sometimes (rarely) gets results and also because it might be the way they were taught or have always done it. Reward-based training is far more effective. It takes more intelligence and patience and determination, but it works. Punishment based training is for those that don't want to put in the effort or for those who have little self-control or little ability to think creatively.
Try reading books by Stanely Coren, or any of these books: The Loved Dog, Don't Shoot the Dog, It's Me or the Dog, or THe Dog Whisperer (NOT to be confused with Cesar Milan's book. Cesar Milan is the Dog Whisperer on television. Years earlier a different trainer published a book called The Dog Whisperer. The television show borrowed the title.)
Could anyone lend me some advice on how to tone down my barking dog. She barks when she sees people or when she's nervous. I haven't had alot of luck training her. Please Help..I think my neighbors are starting to get annoyed.
Go to your public library and look for dog training books and videos. Also go to message boards at dog sites such as allpets.com (their message board is called "community"). There are some dog breeds who are known to be barkers and people should do alot of research so that they do not end up with a dog who has characteristics that they do not want.
Walmart sells bark control collars. One makes a high pitched noise when the dog barks and the other emits a mild static shock. My friend has used the one that makes the noise and she has had really good results with it. The one that emits the shock probably works better but it seems a little inhumane.
I have a cocker spaniel with a big mouth also. Barks at anything that moves. I bought the barker which emits a mild static shock each time he barks, and believe me it works. It may be a bit inhumane, but he only got a shock twice. After that, as soon as he sees me approach with the collar, that's the end of the barking for a while.
I own 2 jack russell terrors and live in an apartment and barking is not a problem.I trained both of them through motivational methods and they will do anything I ask. Get a book search the internet or go to motivational classes.Dogs were not born knowing what we expect from them.
By the way jacks like many other hunting dogs were bred to bark.
training is the key-take yourself and your dog to school-obience school-we hope it will work wonders for us-is your dog shy or scared? what type/breed si she? She just may need lots of love and reassurance-check out the topic entitled shy dog that has already been posted-it is about my dog faith and her struggles for confidence. I highly recommend school and do not yell or threaten her. Instead, correct her in a firm manner-offer her treats-each shy/scared dog is so different call your vet and ask to speak with a behaviorsit speacialist or recommend one. she may also miss you when you are not at home-do you kennel her? she may just need structure-there isn't enough information from your posting there is a reason why she doing what she is doing-her barking/acting out is how she is trying to tell you that something really bothers her. Get her help-she will be much happier and more loving-she is your baby-i wish you well
betty from ohio
How do you break a dog of barking? He is well mannered and has been easy to train and minds well except for the barking?
By Sonja S. from Hemphill, TX
By Pam B.
How can I stop my dog from barking at everybody?
Help me with my pom! I recently adopted a dog from a local no-kill animal shelter. I love him, but he is driving me crazy. At the top of the list is his barking. He barks at whoever comes through the front door and won't stop when I tell him too. He barks at cars driving by and at people when I take him with me in the car.
Troy from Ely, NV
My neighbors didn't want their dog. Their dog always came to my house and played with my dog for hours and sometimes just spent the night. Finally, one day after playing all day, he wanted to go back home, only to return to my home and would not leave. I let the dog spend the night (the owners knew he was at my house), the next morning I walked the dog back to his home, but the owners said they didn't want the dog and it would be better for me to have him. They said he seemed happier at my home and gave me his bed and said good bye to him.
Now, I have this beautiful, white, long legged, skinny Chihuahua. Only problem is he will not stop barking. If I'm not home, or if he feels unsecure. I take them (him and my dog) out for walks. Yesterday, I took him to Dunn Lumber in my truck for a one on one time. He is great when he is around me and I'm home as I can talk to him and he loves being around me. I have a room rented out and when the occupant is home and I'm not, the new dog barks non stop and the neighbors come over and complain. If I'm not home obviously I can't ask him to be quiet and district his attention.
Does anyone out there have any good remedy to my new friend's barking issue, please. My old dog is use to the occupant and only barks the hello bark.
Help, as I don't want the neighbors to have their anger turn into vengeance. I am a good caring neighbor and want to keep the peace all around. Life is way to short.
By Sharda B.
I would like to know how to keep my Pom from barking so much.
What can you do with 2 dogs that bark all of the time? They hear anything move and they start barking. We have tried everything to get them to stop. We even got the barking collars, but they won't stay out if they have them on. Please help. It is starting get on the neighbors' and owners' nerves. Thanks.
How do I stop my German Shepherd from barking in the car?
By Mummy from England
I have a 10 year old purebred Pomeranian. I have had her since she was 7 weeks old. She is the alpha in the house for sure. I have 2 other dogs, a 13 year old Pom male and a new female puppy that is a Sheltie cross. My problem is that she never shuts up. She will not let me talk on the phone or if the other dogs are playing she barks at them to stop.
She is very aggressive and fights really mean. I'm afraid she will hurt my new pup. She has always been this way so it's not the puppy. It's just really driving me insane. I have sprayed her; that didn't help. I have smacked her behind with paper, but she could care less. Please help!
Our female Corgi has a fit when we are leaving the house. She does it with anyone who's leaving the house. She runs around in circles barking. Is it an instinct of her breed for herding? How do we stop it? It is very annoying.
My son has a ten and 1/2yr old Chihuahua. My husband and I bring the dog next dog for 4 hrs every day, while our son is at work. When Chico barks I say "use your indoor voice" and I pat his head and say good boy. It works fine. My son has a new girl friend staying there and she sprays water in his face and yells "stop barking". I have noticed how jumpy the dog is and when he sees the bottle he goes into a crouching position.
Can you give me some advice? My son loves this dog so much, but she has him believing that's the only way to train him.
By Ann Marie
By Cindy P. from Bayview, ID
How do I train my dog not to run and bark at strangers?
By Patricia C.
We have a Cojack named Sparky, which is a very, very fitting name for him. We rescued him from a local shelter and didn't know what he was. They said he was a Sheltie/Dachshund mix, but after looking at the photos of the Cojacks I see exactly what he is.
We love him to death, but we have a couple of behavior problems. One is that he barks non-stop when he's tied outside, we can't let him loose because he chases cars, kids, etc. He chased a runner the other day and kept trying to bite him. He's gotten aggressive with kids, also. He's extremely active, and absolutely loves to play. He catches Frisbees, and his second favorite is fetching a ball. Any ideas on how to curb his aggressiveness and barking would be welcome. The "dog whisperer"?
By Kim B.
How can we get our Yorkipoo to stop barking? And if someone approaches me she turns into a crazy lady, growling, barking, and biting. She bit my husband the other night. I have no idea of what to do.
By Dottie W. from southern IN
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I have a suggestion for those of you with house dogs that won't stop barking. We have two Silky Terriers and one of them loves to bark. She watches TV and every time an animal is on she goes crazy. I took a 1lb coffee can and put some loose change in it and put the plastic lid back on. When she barks and won't stop I tell her "No!" and if she won't stop I shake the can hard one time. Now if my "no" won't work all I have to do is to pick up the can. Hope this helps someone.
Be very careful. My trainer said not to do this. It can severely scare the dog because their hearing is so sensitive. (05/28/2005)
We use a squirt bottle with water in it all we have to do now is go PSSSSSSSS! (05/29/2005)
Try a Citronella collar, we use it for incorrigible barkers and it works wonders. Its harmless, painless, and Vet approved. Also it does not scare the dog it ony startles them by introducing an unfamiliar scent and interrupting the barking. (06/01/2005)
Your dog may be responding to the attention he receives from you or others. The attention may be negative but he doesn't know you are annoyed and is in fact receiving negative reinforcement for his behavior. You may need to try medication for anxiety, the vet can prescribe something. If this doesn't work, putting your dog in the kennel for the hours you listed isn't too long. Some owners kennel their dogs while they are at work all day. Good luck. (06/13/2005)
Shaker cans, squirt bottles, and shrieker alarms should be used as a last resort to barking or any other behavioral problem. If these things are used, it is important that the dog not see you use them. If he sees you, he may stop barking the moment you pick up one of these items. If you are going to use one of these, you must be out of your dog's site so he doesn't know where it's coming from.
Also, you need to learn why your dog is barking. Is it play barking, alert barking, etc. Any constant barking is certainly annoying, but it can be stopped if the proper techniques are used. My German Shepherd likes to bark at people walking by our house on the sidewalk. These are the same people he sees every day and he knows they aren't threatening to us or him. When he starts barking, I will distract him away from the window by calling him into another room or even out to the back yard. Because dogs live in the moment, he forgets about the people and now is interested in what I have for him. A treat, a toy, or just going outside.
My puppy on the other hand, barks for two reasons. One: she wants to be with her "pack" and two: she is play barking. Her bark is so high pitched and shrill that it goes right through our brains so when she starts yapping, I hold the leash close to her harness and force her to stay in one spot until she calms down. She calms herself and lays on the floor.
I don't stop my Shepherd from barking when someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the front door. I want that person to know that there is a very large dog on the other side. However, after I see who it is and know it's alright to open the door, I make my dog back up and sit several feet away from the door just in case I want that person to enter. So, there are ways to manage barking and you have to decide what type of barking it is.
For Suziehomemaker's dog I would take some time to train him to sit-stay several feet from the door where people come in. You can put a little mat down and that will be his "spot" to go to when guests arrive. If you must leash him to that area then do it just so he isn't jumping on anyone. Important! Praise your dog when he isn't barking. If you are consistent with this he will soon get the idea that he will be petted and praised for being quiet and ignored for barking. Remember that any attention from you for barking is welcomed by a dog even if it's negative. They don't care. If you work on this constantly and diligently, your dog will stop barking. If you are not consistent about this, he will quickly learn that you aren't serious.
Barking, jumping, digging and chewing are all perfectly acceptable in a dog's world. This is what dogs do. When people "humanize" dogs, we change the things that come natural to them and it's hard for them to understand, but if we show them that we are the leaders and we behave as leaders, dogs respect us and will submit. Be a leader, not a follower. (03/12/2006)
Re: I finally got my neighbor's dogs to stop barking!
I used to have a problem with my neighbor's dogs that would constantly bark day and night. At first I thought it would stop but it went on day after day. I finally confronted my neighbor about the problem and he said that he would try to do something about it.
I work very long hours and try to get as much sleep as possible but I am constantly awakened by the barking dog many times during the night. You cannot imagine how frustrating this is unless you have been in this situation.
I finally ended up going on the internet to research my problem and I am so glad that I did. I ended up buying a compact disc from a website. You play the disc and it actually stops the dogs from barking. I put the disc in, pointed the speakers towards the dogs, and nearly fell out of my chair when it actually worked! Somehow, the dogs can hear the sound but humans can't. This was the best money that I have ever spent and I am so happy.
I have not had a problem in 4 weeks. The dogs kind of acted up about 2 weeks ago but I just repeated the above process and it worked like a charm. I am so glad that the freaking dogs have stopped barking. If you want to check it out, it might be worth a try. The website is http://www.TheBarkingDogCD.com
Good luck, I hope this helps.
By Ron BO
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.
If the barking is the cause of some type of noise, then you need to show the dog the noise and dispel his fears. This will take some time on your part in working with your dog. It will not happen over night. Remember your home is a NEW surrounding for them so everything may seem a danger. It could be something as simple as a bird bath in your back yard that he/she sees as a threat.
If the dog was an inside dog in the past, then you will need to acclimate him to the outside slowly for longer periods of time. Playing with the dog while they are outside will make them eager to want to be outside.
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.