Post # 1
So, last night Fiance and I went out grocery shopping to stock up on some food and neccesities. We just moved into our apartment on Tuesday so this was the first time our 6 year old maltese was left by herself in a new apartment. She is used to living in a house so the new surrondings and noises probably have her worried. I know malteses have some sort of separation anxiety.
Anyways, I got a call from the office today notifing me that there were three people that complained about my dog barking for three hours straight (which is an exaggeration cause I was gone maybe 1.5 hours). Regardless, I understand she can’t bark while Fiance and I are gone. Luckily, I work nights while Fiance works days, but there’s going to be times where neither of us are home or we go out together. I can’t worry that she is barking the entire time we are gone.
Fiance wants to try a no bark collar. I’m not sure it’ll work or I want to subject her to that. I walked downstairs for a second and she immediately started barking. I am near tears about this because I have a feeling they’re going to tell me that I have to get rid of her.
Does anyone have any suggestions or went through something similiar. I really, really could use some advice. Thank you!
Post # 3
Bark collars are helpful in these types of situations when they are used properly. You can’t just slap one on her and BAM she gets shocked when she barks, there are instructions on how to get them used to them, etc.
Where is she when you leave the house? Is she crate trained? When you properly crate train a dog, they make it “their space” and they feel safe in their crate, even when you leave. If she is crate trained, I would try leaving her in her crate in a bedroom (away from hallway noises) with some soft music playing.
If crating is not an option, I wouldn’t rule out a bark collar. Eventually she may not need it, but it may be a temporary solution for now.
Post # 4
I don’t have a dog, but aren’t there collars that spray citrus rather than using the shock? Could you try that out?
Post # 5
Maybe a thunder shirt to calm her?
Also amp up her exercise so she doesn’t turn excess energy into anxiety.
I also recommend crate training ( turn it into like a cave with a sheet over it) and also leave the t.v on or something that may be familiar for her as white noise to drowned out the other noises.
Post # 6
@bakerella: I have never used those but I have heard they worked really well! Of course every dog is different, but I think it would be worth a shot.
Just realized the ones I was thinking of were citronella based, not sure if that’s what you were thinking of or not, but either way.
Post # 7
My neighbor tried a bark collar that sprayed citronella. Her old beagle was a bit neurotic and howled when she was gone when he got older. One day, I could hear him freaking out. He sounded hurt, so I used my key to check on him. I found him in his crate, scared out of him mind and the whole room smelled like citronella. Poor thing was was not connecting the smll with him barking. The collar was empty. 🙂
Post # 8
Definitely appreciate your willingness to fix the situation – I have dogs down the street that bark and bark for hours on end and I’m losing my freaking mind. I’m going to take some action soon because I can’t take it anymore.
I also suggest exercising the bejesus out of your doggie to help calm her down a little. Maybe leave a TV or radio on low when you’re gone too, and leave a pile of dirty clothes on for her to lay on/be next to. Our family dog loooooooves sleeping in my parents worn shirts. It might help.
Post # 9
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: Aww poor thing!
That’s a good point though, whatever you decide to use it’s probably a good idea just to walk out the door and listen for a few minutes and then go back in.
Post # 10
When we lived in DC we had to get a no bark collar for our one dog. It was the type that made a noise at a high pitch frequency when the dog barks. Humans cannot hear the noise, but dogs can and they do not like it. I don’t think it hurt our dog and really after a few times, she no longer needed it on her.
Post # 11
There are lots of things you can do!
Some just take time because it is training.
You could start by leaving him in a room(s) by himself (but not locked) and you close the door to the room you are in.
Then reward him after a very short period of time of no barking, by coming back out and playing with him. Build up the time.
Make sure he has toys whenever he is left by himself.
Here seems to be a decent list
Post # 12
Sounds like your dog has separation anxiety.
You can check out this article or do some research on Google to get some ideas on how to stop it. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/separationanxiety.htm
Some things that helped with my dog include exercise, not making a big deal out of leaving and giving him a kong with peanut butter. This toy is awesome! The dog has to figure out how to get the peanut butter out of the toy and it takes at least a few minutes. This can keep his mind off the fact that you are leaving and provide a positive association with you leaving.
Post # 13
There are also things that look like little bird houses, they emmit that high pitch sound too. It is supposed to help stop them from barking too. Also I second the lots of exercise. Run and run and run some more!
There are lots of ways to stop the barking. So don’t give up! Just keep searching until you find one that works.
Post # 14
@PennyLainne: We have one of these for our next door neighbors dog and it worked wonders!
Post # 15
You can also freeze the kong with peanutbutter, and it takes longer to get it undone.
Also, work your way up to being gone. Walk out of the door. Come right back, praise her a ton! Go out for 2 minutes, walk back in go stupid crazy about her not barking.
If you go bark collar route, please do the citronella. FI’s grandma uses the shock, and the dog pee’s herself when she sees it.
Post # 16
Fiance ran out and bought the citronella spray (before we read the replies). We didn’t want to subject her to a shock collar whatsoever.
We tested it out. The first time she barked she stopped right away. She waited about 5 minutes later and tried again. Nothing after. We let her out of the room and now she’s a bit anxious, but she seems to know better.
We tried again and she barked once and that was it. She didn’t attempt again. Now these tests were only putting her in a room separate from us – which she will bark excessively until she’s let out.
Our next test is to go stand outside for a bit to see if she will try to bark continuously. I know there are stubborn dogs that will bark through the spray and drain it, but the second time we tested it, she ran under the bed to hide. I know she gets upset when I put flea medicine on her. I’m hopping this will work for awhile. I can’t imagine losing my dog after 7 years.