silhouettestable Posted May 29, 2006 Report Share Posted May 29, 2006 I'm looking for any suggestions on how to deal with a nuisance barking problem. The problem occurs when I have the dogs in the back yard when I'm teaching riding lessons. Noah (the collie) has always been a bit of a barker whenever my students are riding faster than a walk. But Lightning is by far the worst. Every time the horse & rider come around the side of the ring that's closest to the dog's yard he goes nuts. Last year as a pup he wasn't so bad, he was used to the situation. But, during the winter the lessons stop and he was glued to my side constantly whether I was in or out of the house. Now he just can't stand the fact that he has to be kept in the yard during lessons. He doesn't normally bark like that at the horses unless they're practically hanging their heads over the fence into the backyard, I think it has more to do with the fact that there are people out there in the field and riding, and he's can't be there too (for obvious safety and liability reasons - can't have a loose dog tearing around the field during the lessons). He is fine to leave in the house, there are no problems that way, so what I've been trying to do is separate the dogs during lessons and keep the 2 big dogs who are the barkers in the house, and keep the 2 puppies who are in their chewing and teething stage in the yard. I don't do lessons all day long, I book them with an hour off between each so it's not like the dogs are just shut away all the time. Between lessons they're all back together and with me where ever I am. It's just sometimes a bit hard to get everyone where they're supposed to be when they usually want to go in the opposite direction, and Lightning does love to be outside running around. So does anyone have any ideas? I've heard of a type of muzzle called the Husher (www.husher.com) that I've thought a bit about, it's supposed to be a very humane style that's veterinary and spca approved. I'm just not sure if it would be a good idea to muzzle some of the dogs while others are not. They like to get wrestling and playing and it wouldn't seem fair. Should I maybe just continue as I have been and keep the barkers in the house during lessons? One other concern I have is that I don't want the pups to pick up the habit from the other dogs. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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