(Closed) I know this is totally wrong, but…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have you thought of a bark collar?  (I know, it is a touchy subject, and I’m not meaning to offend anyone)  We put it on our dog once (lowest setting).  She felt it once, and ever since then she won’t bark if we put it on her.  It might work if you need to find somewhere that you worry the dog will bark at every sound.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I know what you mean. It sucks. We have a Border collie baby and, while I love his face, I can’t stand the barking. He doesn’t just bark at noises though. He barks at the cat, he barks if you aren’t paying enough attention to him, he barks if someone turns around in our driveway, or if another dog comes into the yard. And don’t get me started on the running. Ugh! Good luck. I know it was hard when we were looking at apartments awhile back.

Edit: We tried that Bark Off thingy. It did pretty good until we forgot to turn it off and the battery died. It looks like a remote (sort of) and you turn it on and when they bark in makes a noise only they can hear. Our dog would cock his head to the side like what the heck, but it never made him cry or anything.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Some friends of ours hired a dog psychologist to get their dog to stop barking. The lady came over 3 different times for about an hour and now the dog doesn’t bark anymore! Kind of like the dog whisperer, only less famous ๐Ÿ™‚

This might be an option so that you can rent a condo/townhome

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

LOL= “fluffy jerk.” I felt that way about the dog we had growing up ALL the time. Loved him but geez he was like an annoying little brother….

I agree, pets do make it more difficult to find housing. I don’t think it’s fair (and don’t even get me started on breed restrictions). Something will turn up though–it did for us, and I thought we’d NEVER find somewhere–good luck!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Yea, I feel the same way. He has a dog, and I have a dog. My dog is smaller.. and barks at everything. I live in a townhouse right now, and didn’t want to rent an apartment because of that fact. But we ended up with one anyway. I’m sure his dog will be fine in an apartment, as long as neighbors are ok with it. I have tons of neighbors around my townhouse with loud, barking dogs and it hasn’t been a problem.

The reason why I don’t really like my FI’s dog is that she was never trained correctly! She lives outside… and I’m dreading the move to our apartment where she will have to be potty trained again. She is also bigger, so the pet deposit is going to suck. AND she doesn’t listen to anybody. Ugh! I think she is seriously deaf as my Fiance played really loud music from his electric guitar when she was a puppy.

 

@Whimsical.Sprite: The next step for us will probably have to be a bark collar. As much as I hate it… my dog needs to shut his mouth ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@SBourgeous: haha, well more like a dog trainer, it’s not like the dog is going to be sprawled out on the couch dishing out his problems. In-home trainers can do wonders for behavorial problems with no physical discipline. They help you figure out why the dog is barking (or chewing or going all over the house) and then show you the tactics to solve the issue.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@SBourgeous: I wasn’t too sure about him at first, but now I can honestly say I love mine to death. He’s got such a good personality and he’s really smart. We’ve trained him pretty well, except he likes to keep tabs on the cat and he likes to “talk.” I just wish his “talking” wasn’t so loud and annoying.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We used to have a dog like that ๐Ÿ™‚ It was nice to know when strangers were approaching, but most of the time, well, it was just annoying. Dog training can help turn down the “burglar alarm”

Anyways, best of luck finding a place! I know how much this process can suck, I’ve been there

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can get bark collars that don’t shock the dog. The kind that has been very highly recommended to me by two separate people are the ones that spray citronella in their face. It just startles them for a minute to snap them out of that bark cycle and sometimes by then they forget what they were barking at. You do have to be around them the first time they’re wearing it though, they might try to bark at the citronella and get stuck in a weird cycle lol. The one we use which seems to have worked is a sonic collar. When our dog barks she just hears a weird beeping kind of noise. The sonic means we can hear it as well but it doesn’t affect us, if you don’t want any noise you can get the ultrasonic which your dog will hear but you won’t. There are also different types of sensors, the one that detected the vibration from the dog barking didn’t work for us because she’s so furry around her neck and for some reason even if we shaved or cut the fur it wouldn’t pick up the vibrations. The sonic collar that we use has a microphone which picks up her barking. So there is really no harm to her, it’s just a reminder like if we were to yell at her.

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