drharps Posted December 8, 2021 Report Share Posted December 8, 2021 So I would love thoughts on what i'm doing to reduce my dog's barking. She barks at nearly every noise or visitor that is within 40' of the house (to say nothing of fireworks or loud noises some distance away). My trainer said to ignore her and she would eventually get better, but I've tried that and it simply hasn't work, and my neighbors have actively complained now about the barking. She can't always see the stimuli, noise is sufficient. So what I'm doing now is being much more strict with her in every day settings (e.g. making her sit and stay when I make dinner, heel before entering a room, etc.) to try and get her to be more deferential (I feel she got a bit over-confident in her place in the house). Now, when she barks or yelps at a noise, I grab her and drag her into the bedroom and make her stay until she stops - with me standing there watching her until she lays down. I know reacting to her reactions could promote increased reaction by her, but I can't have her barking all day and I'm hoping the 'punishment' and clear sign of disapproval will cause her to mellow. I'm also considering a minor e-collar, and have purchased a citronella bark collar. I'm not a fan of either, but it's really to the point if she doesn't shape up in a manner of weeks, I may have to re-home her because the neighbors are pissed, and it's really hard being in the home with her like this. Otherwise she's very sweet and obedient - it's really the barking that is a killer (and the escapism, but I think I fixed that). Thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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