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1877debbie
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Barking

Post by 1877debbie » 18 Apr 2010, 10:47

Over the last few weeks Hendrix has taken to barking at anyone who walks past, he's also doing it sometimes when on walks. Anyone know why and how I can stop it? x
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Re: Barking

Post by candy's mum » 18 Apr 2010, 10:56

Interested in the answers to this as Candy is now running up to people and barking her head off.........nothing stops her!
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Re: Barking

Post by Nicky » 18 Apr 2010, 11:00

Apparently I have heard that sprays that contain compressed air can help stop barking, when sparayed just as they bark not sure if they become immunte to it though :roll:

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Re: Barking

Post by Mica1971 » 18 Apr 2010, 12:29

Marley went through this phase a whil back. My trainer at the time said to try and pre-empt any barking then distract him to do something else. He hardly ever does it now - only to people with hoodies on, not sure what that's about but we've decided it's because he can't see their faces. Still, when we do distract him soon enough he ignores it now.
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Re: Barking

Post by mistydog » 18 Apr 2010, 12:55

Freddie has only just started barking but at the wrong things! I want him to bark when people go passed (we live in the country and I want to know when people are around) but he barks at the moon, planes, birds etc so I praise him when he barks at people but he doesn't bark at people on walks. Funny thing was when we were walking round a field full of sheep kept in my electric fencing, be parked at the spools of wire! Knowing doodles perhaps he is jst asking them to play.
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Re: Barking

Post by pam888 » 18 Apr 2010, 13:53

Hi Debbie,

I think Hendrix & Ozzy are the same age (9 months)
and Ozzy has started doing the same - the slightest noise,
neighbours, birds & people :oops:

I've even tried one of the sound distraction collar's but he
got used to it after the first day :lol: :evil:

Lets hope its a phase that passes soon :roll:
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Re: Barking

Post by broadloan » 18 Apr 2010, 14:01

we did the distraction thing and got Sparky to sit and wait till people/dogs went past giving him a treat at the time, seemed to work, he'd have been about 10 months at the time and we did it with every dog/person we passed.... I now carry a squeaky toy in my pocket just in case. Hoodies still do it for him though but he can walk past most other people now and not bother about them.

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Re: Barking

Post by KateW » 18 Apr 2010, 16:28

I expect Hendrix is going through what behaviourists usually refer to as the second fear stage which happens between about 7-14 months of age. Usually this means they become a bit spooked by things they have previously been quite relaxed about; barking and nervousness of strangers and objects they come across. Rufus didn't experience this for long but I remember he became a bit tense about the lug worm diggers stuff on the beach and barked quite a lot. Prior to this he wanted to explore the holes, greet the diggers,etc.....

The best thing to do is to up the training again, don't try to comfort the dog or he will think there is something to be frightened of, use "watch me" and other distraction techniques, avoiding the running barking up to people scenario if possible. It also helps to increase socialisation so taking the dog into a town, sitting in the bank for a bit; anywhere with lots of people is good and will be very reassuring to him.

Personally I would avoid using any of the over the counter deterrents unless you know exactly what you are doing and only with the support of a good trainer. It is very easy to damage a dog by frightening them with sprays,etc.

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Re: Barking

Post by 1877debbie » 18 Apr 2010, 18:42

Thanks all, will keep up the training and hope it passes soon :) x
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Re: Barking

Post by Rhonk » 18 Apr 2010, 20:42

Bonzo started barking at everyone that walked past the house - it got really annoying :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: He would jump up on the chair by the window and then stand on the windown sill at every single noise. I know some people may think we are the meanest people ever, but we had an evening with the trainer and in the end came up with water. When he barked at the window he got a squirt of water from a sports water bottle - it's the only thing he really doesn't like. When he stopped barking he got a treat. The trainer said you had to squirt him even if he stopped at the sight of the bottle, otherwise you would always have to get the bottle! When we squirted, we also said shhhhhhhh. We squirted once - result!!!
I still let him bark at the door - it was just the unreasonable barking. Other suggestions to stop the barking were cans with stones in etc - the water worked for Bonz. Don't think we were too mean with one squirt - maybe he knew he was being a bit daft!

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