Post # 1
I have a four year old dog who is prone to barking at car horns, the door bell, when someone knocks on the door, or a similar sound. I know that they are considered ‘alarm barks’ and are a dogs way of trying to keep an owner safe but it needs to stop. Every time she barks she wakes up my nephew whose parents are renting the basement of our home. Plus my FBIL leaves for work at 4:30AM so she’s barking whenever he closes the front door.
I’ve tried using a squirt bottle, verbal commands, and I have been sending her to her bed after the barking happens to reinforce that the behavior is bad. So far it’s been weeks and I’m having zero success.
Any bees face something similar? How did you stop it?
Post # 3
@lovesweetlove: She’s doing what her instincts tell her and she’s alerting you. Instead of punishing her when she barks, walk over to her calmly and gently pet her and tell her “It’s okay”. You don’t want her to think it’s WRONG to bark, but that it doesn’t need to happen every time there is something happening. Also, when these sounds happen, don’t react. Carry on as if they’re no big deal, and your dog will read off of that. You acting normal will help your dog realize that everything else is normal.
Here’s Cesar Milan’s article on barking and how to get it under control. I hope it helps!
Post # 4
I have that problem, too. Knocks on the door, UPS, the mailman . . . ugh. I give the ‘quiet’ command, and he (usually) quiets down quickly, but I have yet to find any good methods of keeping him from barking the alarm in the first place. I asked our trainer about it, and she looked at me like I was crazy and said, “He’s a terrier.” That is, he was purposely bred to be this way. It is very hard to use behavior shaping techniques when you have a super hardwired instinct at issue. He will always try to chase little animals that run by (and bikes!). He will always bark an alarm when something is up. I have found that I can only successfully train him to stop chasing, barking, etc. on command.
Maybe a bark collar would work, but I avoid inflicting pain as a punishment.
I wish I was more helpful. I’ll keep following the thread to see if there are any other good tips.
Post # 5
We have the same problem. We tried lemon juice, but he likes the taste, so now we just hold his mouth closed gently and softly say “shh” or “no bark.” He is improving but it has been very slow.
Post # 6
We don’t mind our dogs barking in the house but they used to go crazy and fight the neighbors dogs at the fence. We ended up getting them bark collars and it has to be the best decision we have made. We were nervous about it at first because we didn’t want our babies to be in pain but they got buzzed once and haven’t barked since. It didn’t really hurt them either, just surprised them.
Post # 7
@PacificMrs: Love Cesar Milan!
Post # 8
@megz06: That’s funny. One of my brothers tried hot sauce and that sour apple spray to get his dog to stop chewing the furniture. The dog sat there and licked the sauce and spray off – he loved the taste!
Post # 9
@MrsPanda99: I comtemplated the hot sauce, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to do it. DH is all on board. As for the bitter apple? Yeah, I know where you are coming from. He did what your brother’s dog did-lapped it right up like it was the best tasting broth he ever had, lol.
Post # 10
I have that problem with my puppy. The neighbors have put up an umbrella and Hugo feels the need to warn us of the impending dangers of said umbrella on a daily basis. It’s worse when it’s windy. We have tried a lot of different things with him, even going to him and comforting him, but he just likes to bark. It’s been a real adventure because he’s nothing like our older dog, Gus. For the longest time I thought that Gus couldn’t bark because he never did.
Post # 11
@lovesweetlove: punishing her for barking won’t work; rewarding her for being quiet will. When your dog barks, don’t react. Stay calm, and the moment they get quiet, give them a treat and positive reinforcement. She will realize that being quiet is the “right” thing and will learn.
Post # 12
@bluegreenjea– haha as a terrior owner I totally understand
.. I have the same problem so ill have to try out some of this tricks you Girls mentioned.