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Erik Peterson

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  1. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their thoughtful remarks. I read each one of them and found tremendous value. I will weigh my options over the next few days and go from there. I really appreciate your help and advice.
  2. I should try this one again...it's been a while so maybe it would have an impact now. Thanks.
  3. I loathe to admit this but the most effective stop barking command I have found I try very hard not to repeat - it SHOULD not work and should not be used. I have been known in moments of utter Irish frustration to shout "Meg, Shut the 'bleep' up!" more than once this past year, and unfortunately it has worked. [/QB] Believe me, I've wanted to say it before...maybe I should give it a shot. Thanks!
  4. Thank you everyone for the quick and thoughtful responses. Some of the other techniques we've tried with the barking, to wit: ignore, leave the room, re-direction, pivoting, hand clap, verbal stop cues, book drop/loud noise, shake can filled with coins, etc. I've also tried occupying him with toy after toy, bone after bone, but he gets bored very fast. he is a very high-drive dog. I keep a floor cord on him to pivot him when the barking begins. I take him on 4-mile runs with little fatigue setting in. Or I take him on daily bike rides of 1.5-2 miles at fairly high speed. I have a very active lifestyle and he loves to participate. But trutfully, it's not enough to wipe him out. I have been reading extensively, and spent money on individual lessons that tell me he is not physically tired enough and not mentally stimulated enough. Oh I should mention I also did a six week agility training course with him. But there's only so much time in a day where I work full time and when I get home, he barks because he is so stimulated (with excitement). It's hard to bring him down a notch. I was thinking of the collar to help in the evenings when my wife and I try to relax. and I don't mean watch 6 hours of tv. This happens during dinner and discussion, when guest come over. It's really bad. I have no desire to give him up but this is my last resort. The collar, I am thinking, would be used only during the evenings. My neighbors have told me he is quiet during the day (he stays and sleeps in the kitchen) but when people are around, this switch goes on and his excitement skyrockets. I would never use this at day care or in a kennel setting. It's for home use only. The funny thing is he does not bark in the car, nor on walks. It's strange. That's really all I can think of. I appreciate people's response, and would love to hear more.
  5. Hello, I have a BC puppy (just under 2 years) and am strongly considering purchasing a bark collar for him. He is an attention barker and has been kicked out of 2 day cares already. We are working with a profesional trainer and have spent a lot of money of trying to fix the problem rather than manage it. We've tried everything, too many tricks to list here, except an electronic collar. He has even emptied out the citronella collar. I was wondering if anyone else has used an e-collar on a BC and what the benefits/consequences are. Also, are there brands and/or model people could recommend. Thanks, erik
  6. Thank you for all the quick responses...I will have to try them all and see what works. Believe me, I've tried ignoring him and that works for about 10 minutes. It's not so bad if it's just me and the wife, but when guests come over and we're trying to talk...it really is a problem. Hopefully something works!
  7. Hi, this is my first post and I was hoping you could help me out. I have a 14-month old BC/lab mix and he is a wonderful dog that we rescued at 8 weeks old. For the most part, we have a good relationship and he is wonderful around people and other dogs. We did 12 weeks clicker training with him in obedience school and he is so smart when he is working. However, he always seems restless indoors (unless he's sleeping or chewing on a bone) during downtime. The result is incessant barking. We have tried everything in short periods over the last 8 months since it became a problem--shooshing him, grabbing muzzle, talking gently to him--but nothing seems to stick. We sit down for dinner and he barks. We watch TV after hours at the dog park and he barks at us. If I hug my wife, he barks at us. I'm frustrated, but I love the guy and want for him to be satsified, but also want him to know we are the pack leaders. We don't want to be too soft, yet we don't want to intimidate him so he lives in fear. Any thoughts are appreciated. Erik
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