- Miss Chapstick
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
I need some advice from other doggie owners!
We have a three-year old Chihuahua/Yorkie mix. We adopted her from a family that could no longer care for her when she was a year old. The first year that we had her, she was really shy. She warmed to us in about a week, but with other people, it took more time (she wasn’t aggresive, just shy). Since we’ve had her, we’ve crated her during the day after finding out our first night that she has a tendancy to chew things. We asked our vet and she seems to think it’s out of boredom, and we decided to crate her while we’re at work.
Our problem is that when we get home from work, she barks excessively. She NEVER barks at any other time. She used to bark a lot when we put her in her crate before leaving for the day, but we started giving her treats when we left, and she stopped that same day.
The barking is really, really bad when we get home. It will start when we walk through the front door of our building (and we’re on the thrid floor of our walk-up). We did some research, and most everything we read said to just ignore her when we get home, which we tried for about a month and a half, and it didn’t do anything. She would just bark and bark, and 20 mins later, still barking. We had to give up because, well, we can stand around waiting to take her outside for 20 mins. We’ve thought about the no-bark collars for small dogs, and I just don’t think I can bring myself to do it, but would consider it more seriously if other people can attest to it working, and not being harmful to the dog. We live in an apartment building, and one of our neighbors started to complain.
One other thing I should mention is that we’ve been experimenting with leaving her out of her crate while we’re away for shorter periods of time, and even after an hour of being gone, she barks excessively.
I’m just reaching out to my fellow bees to see if they have any words of advice!