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Sep 15, 2013 10:54 PM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
I have a one year old mixed corgi & chi. that barks constantly at everything and anything. I know that dogs bark a lot but Mandy goes over board. She seems to be afraid of every little noise. DH has told me to keep her quiet or she will go to the pound. I have to find a solution soon.
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Oct 23, 2013 10:40 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Sorry I did not see this sooner; my Cubits is limited at this point. I hope Mandy is still with you.
Some dogs are actually bred to bark as an intruder alert system, and I think these might be breeds that do so. However, there are methods to limit this. I have read about many bark products but have not tried any myself. I suggest researching and reading reviews on any system before purchasing and avoid shock collars. I recently read about a hissing corrector that gets their attention.
Here is another interesting method I read about: If you teach your dog to bark on command, you gain control over the action and can then train to not bark on command. To do this, pick a training word for the barking (speak, attack, jump, any short word works) and say this word while the barking is occurring and then say good dog. After a few days, say the command when there is no barking to see if Mandy will start. Then say enough or some other word and distract her to get her to stop barking. Then good dog again when she stops. After a week or so, you should see more responsiveness to your commands.
As always, basic obedience training will train your dog to listen and pay attention more to you, so this must also be done in order to have reasonable responsiveness to you. Let me know if this helps.
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Oct 24, 2013 12:24 AM CST
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
Thanks Lance, for your reply. I've tried the ":no" word when she barks and if she stops I do tell her she is a good girl. I guess I need to work more with her. I also have a mini schnauzer that has slowed down on her barking, she is almost 9 yrs. old and Mandy is just 1.
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