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If you have dogs... What do you do to keep them from barking at every little noise?

Every time a car goes by are someone even walks down our side of the street the dogs bark. We live in a house and it is crazy the slightest noises that they can hear.

 
idaspida

Asked by idaspida at 6:37 PM on Jan. 7, 2011 in Pets

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  • We use a bark collar - breaks them of that habit righty quick.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 6:39 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • We had a shi tzu that did the same thing! Here is how we fixed it
    Have your husband/child stand out side the front door. Have them knock. WHen your dog starts barking say in a VERY STERN TONE "ENOUGH" & repeat it until they stop then give them a treat. It will take 5-7 days but once they stop barking with the door then they know if they stop after ENOUGH they will get praised & rewarded with a treat. then you can move onto other things such as saying enough when people walk by outside etc. they will get the idea. it may take 2 to 3 months because you are changing their behavior but its well worth the time.
    CayShek

    Answer by CayShek at 6:40 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • you could try a clicker and when they start to bark click it and it will distract them and when they stop praise them
    laura970

    Answer by laura970 at 6:39 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • Get one of those sonic pet trainers. They work great for stopping a barking dog and don't harm them.
    Bethsunshine

    Answer by Bethsunshine at 6:49 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • we have the same issue with our wiener dog she barks at every little thing including birds flying over lol. we got so tired of it my husband bought a bark coller we havnt used it yet though cuz i kind of think its cruel but we need to do something as she wakes our toddler up all the time and we have a new baby on the way.
    Jaxsmommy09

    Answer by Jaxsmommy09 at 6:56 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • With our dog we slowly had to train him what was normal noises and what was not . Like barking at the neighbors coming into the driveway we check and see it was not own and tell him "ENOUGH" but when it was in ours praise him. This took a few weeks to get into effect but now he give her one bark to let us know that some one is come near the house a longer bark for people he does not know. It will take alot of patience and I have hear that smaller dog have more guard nature to make up for smaller statue.
    karing4elmas

    Answer by karing4elmas at 7:11 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • Every time they bark you say "good speak" and reward them. Then when they've figured out what "speak" means, you can say no speak and then when they don't bark you can reward them for that too.
    onethentwins

    Answer by onethentwins at 7:11 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • I think CayShek hit the nail on the head, but it's hard, so you have to be patient. We had the same thing - a leaf would blow down the street and our dog would go off on a barking binge. We gave up. So don't do what we did, that's why I say be patient. One of the problems is is that the dog is actually rewarded by his behavior naturally. Let's say the mailman stops at your mailbox - the dog barks like mad - the mailman finishes putting the mail in your box and then drives on - dog thinks he's the big man on campus and has just barked the mailman away. Same thing with walkers in the neighborhood, or even the stinkin' leaf that's blowing down the street. So much luck to you. After about eight years we just grew to accept it and thanked our lucky stars that no one wanted to come near our house, so it was like a security system!
    amybaby_19

    Answer by amybaby_19 at 9:30 AM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • yep, sonic pet trainer. sit's by the door.
    boobarandbell

    Answer by boobarandbell at 4:03 PM on Jan. 8, 2011

  • A tired dog, is a good dog. Some breeds have a tendency to bark more than others. I have a Shetland Sheep dog who is quite the barker. This breed was bred to herd cattle......so...anything that moves he herds and barks at. When he gets a good walk in the morning and one in the evening. I notice that he doesn't bark as much. So tire your dog out!
    lozinit

    Answer by lozinit at 11:58 PM on Jan. 8, 2011

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