(Closed) Can you control barking? How?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We use a spray bottle. I struggle with using it for the same reason as you, I want him to bark if someone is trying to break in or for any other good reason. But he is constantly barking with the neighbors dogs and it gets really old. So we only spray him when he is barking at nothing which has worked really well for us. He hates it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My parents have six little yippy dogs whose barks border on sounding like their being tortured. Over the years they have tried various bark breakers, from ultrasonic to the equivalent of a high-pitched airhorn. But those little monsters just get each other going and drown out all of the other noise. 

For my dogs, I tried the same air horn-like device. Now, understandably, that wouldn’t work for you. I don’t even know that the ultrasonic kind can go unnoticed by a baby. But what I’ve noticed is that all it takes it breaking the dog’s concentration. My golden retriever is the type who barks at leaves on the wind, but I find that squirting him with water (which he’s grown to like but it still makes him stop barking) or shooting air at him (compressed air, whatever) catches him off guard and he stops right away to stare at me. 

I’ve gotten lax as we have introduced two new dogs into the house, but for a whlie, he didn’t bark when he heard people out on the sidewalk or using a key, and instead ran up to me with this intent “omg, mom!” look on his face. 

It’s worth a try!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@roxy821:  right in the face. as @ellisrobertson: said, it’s all about distracting them. I go out with the spray bottle and treats in my pocket. I get his attention and then tell him to sit. He LOVES treats so i’ll have one in my hand to keep his attention and make him sit there, watching whatever it was that he was barking at but not barking. I tell him good boy and give him the treat. Make sure you are rewarding him for NOT barking.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have dogs as well, and neither of my two kids were worried by their barking.  They get used to the normal sounds of your house while you are pregnant.

I wouldn’t stress about it to much.

But if you are worried, I would use obedience training to help break the cycle, and try taking them on regular walks and have regular play sessions so they are stimualted by their environment and not bored.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

For me what I would do is start out with loud correction noises. Something like ‘HEY’ or ‘SST’ just to grab their attention from what they were looking at. Sometimes you also need to use your hand. For that, you would use your forefinger and thumb about an inch apart and just drive them down into their back (do it to yourself – it doesn’t hurt – just attention grabbing). You have to do this consistantly and regularly.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@roxy821:  It made them slow down at first. My next step was to take them outside (to the area that was causing the barks). I had them on leash (I did only one at a time so I could focus on each one seperatly) and kept them right beside me. Each time they tried to react to someone walking by I did the correction and used my leg to push into where they were standing. This was so they were aware that I was the leader. Then you have to go up to people and make sure the dog stays calm. Of course try people your dog isn’t familiar with (which isn’t always easy) try asking for directions etc.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

After that they didn’t bark at people walking by. They will still bark when people come in the door – but that I could train out of them as well if I wanted. (So like PPs have said – if my home was being broken in to they’d bark)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@roxy821:  Hmm alright, different approach. Have you tried positive training? For example clicker training?

You don’t need to do the clicker if you don’t want to but what it involves is giving a treat for the absence of the behaviour.

So say your dogs are looking out the bay window, give them a treat every few seconds for sitting and being quiet. when someone goes by if they’re quiet give a treat and some love, if they are loud do your correction.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@roxy821:  Hmm well it’s good that you’ve done positive reward training! I’d suggest the positive training method then!

And definitely, I would NOT be a happy camper with dogs barking, me sleep deprived and a wailing newborn!

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