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The Barking must stop! Please help!

Discussion in 'Behavior' started by emmygirl, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Caro

    Caro Moderator

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    None of those things worked for me either. Because of a body corporate problem I can't afford for the dogs to bark when the evil neighbour is home. Nowadays I just slip a bark collar over Deska's head and he knows he is not to bark (and Tully gives up on barking when Mr D doesnt). When he gets a bit too barky he wears it a couple of times and he settles back down.

    I would really recommend trying one for your own sanity of nothing else. The beauty of a bark collar is the noise is coming from them - not you. I find it best works when used intermittently, I think shelties are smart enough not to need it on all the time.

    This is the ultrasonic one I use (recently replaced under warranty as my old one was going thru batteries every 2 weeks)
    http://www.amazon.com/Petsafe-PUSB-300-UltraLight-Collar-Attachment/dp/B00023CZLM

    If you think she will persist through the sound of the ultrasonic, I have recommended this vibration collar to a few people who love it too. Just be aware that a sensitive dog might find it a bit overwhelming (deska wont move if he has this on)
    http://www.dogtrainingstore.com/cgi-bin/FULLPRES.exe?PARTNUM=PT001

    Here's Mr D with his petsafe collar
     

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  2. LaddieKatieMom

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    I tried a method suggested by one of the forum posters on a similar blog. Laddie was barking a lot, particularly when it was time for Katie to get her TLC. Ha! The "new guy" was jealous. The suggestion was to put your hand around the muzzle and gently hold it while making a loud growling noise at them. This is what momma sheltie would do if her pups were getting too rambunctious. That sounded reasonable, so I tried it with Laddie. I did it maybe 3 or 4 times - just gently putting my hand around his muzzle and holding his mouth closed while growling loudly at him. Well....imagine my complete and total amazement when it worked!! When he started "hooting" again (he has a somewhat high-pitched voice) I looked at him and gave him the growl, and he immediately shut up and looked at me. That was followed by a "good boy" and lots of hugs and some kisses. From that point on, whenever he started getting to happy at hearing his own voice, I growl at him and he is immediately quiet. I can even prepare their food without getting a lecture. These babies are SMART ones...perhaps it will work for you too.
     
  3. emmygirl

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    Sound & vibration anti-bark collars

    Has any one tried the SOUND & VIBRATION ANTI-BARK COLLARS?
     
  4. Caro

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    Yep, scares the bjeebers out of them. The beauty is you can use the sound mostly, and if they keep barking through it (or you want them to be really quiet) you can switch to vibration. I dont even have to switch the thing on now - just hang it around Mr Ds neck and he is dead quiet.
     
  5. wjo53

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    Both my girls have loved to bark.

    April's is a higher pitched bark than Chelsea's was, and it'll really cause your head to ring if in a tight space. Chelsea used to bark in the car freely - odd, it never seemed to bother me. Other people hated to drive with me though.

    One time, my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and bro-in-law's brother were camping in Fundy National Park for a long weekend. We guys went for a hike on one of the trails, and had to drive to get to it. On the way there, Chelsea started barking, and to get her to stop, the 4 of us started barking.

    There we were driving through the park, barking our fool heads off, probably making more noise than Chelsea would have. It kept her quiet though, she took turns staring at each of us wondering what on earth was going on. We thought it was funny.
     
  6. BarbV

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    If she is escaping out of her martingale, then it is probably too loose. I have that problem with Bacca's currently, and need to find a way to have it tightened up (yes, my beautiful Leashes by Design collar, may have to be put aside if I can't get it resized!)
     
  7. BarbV

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    I'm going to give this one a try. I tried to get him settled before I embarked on something I knew would set him off (like the hairdryer, Ryan walking down the hall, David diving into the water, the lawnmower, the weedwhacker, the leaf blower, etc. etc.). But that did not work at all.

    So I'll try the Momma dog technique. I might reinforce it by holding the ruff on the back of his neck as well, with a gentle shake.
     
  8. take4roll10

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    I tried this technique on Bailey and it didn't work for her.
     
  9. RonandJan

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    It never worked on Cleveland. When he wanted to bark and go nutzoid...........bark he did!

    I think I tried everything with him to control his barking..........and I'd give a million dollars to have him here with me to bark again!
     
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    MMM is flipping out at the "heads" in the water. He doesn't understand there are bodies beneath the water in the lake and the "heads" are more than he can stand.
     

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