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There is a guy at off leash with a big playful dog that has a very loud insistent bark and the guy gets embarrassed about it. The dog is quiet at home, just not in the park. He keeps saying he's going to get one of those collars to zap him. I've been talking him out of it. The dog is just excited to be out there and wants to play, someone THROW THE BALL!!! THROW THE BALL!! THROW THE FREAKIN BALL!!! The last time we talked about it the woman standing next to him said she really doesn't like the barking. Yeah ok, the dog is loud, but not when he is chasing the ball... so just throw the ball. to make this dog shut up at off leash would be like taking your little kid to the playground and say you can run and climb and play all you want here but don't make any sound.

Now Stella, she sometimes barks at the sound of someone outside our appartment. Eh. On the fence about that. She barks on leash sometimes, usually at night, at the sight of other dogs. I don't like that. She barks at passersby our gate in ct. and we are on a regular country walker/jogger/biker route so I really don't like that. Goes on all day unless I stay on top of which can be a full time occupation. She barks at cats and squirrels in our city backyard. She answers other dogs barking in the neighborhood...
She's gotten barkier and barkier in her old age.



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Dec. 17th, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of not barking ;)

I managed to curb this excitement barking in all but one place with our dogs, and with EVERY dog we've ever had we can't stop this one place of annoying barking, when we all swim. Even Butters who never barks at anything turns into the loudest most annoying ear drum blasting monster, at least his tone is deep, Emily and her shrill I will admit to thinking evil thoughts like dunking her head under water to make it stop. It only happens from the moment we hit the shore bank until we are all in the water, and there is NOTHING one can do to make it stop. Apparently Michael & I swimming is the most exciting event in life. It's one of those things I can't easily control, they KNOW we are going in, they KNOW it will be the best thing ever and I am going in dagnabbit. But that park kind of barking I've fixed with a lot of dogs with better timing of waiting for the quiet before throwing, but of course most folks answer is to hurry up and throw it to shut them up, so they bark to get the ball thrown. I use a lot of teaching tricks so the dog has to do a couple tricks before the next throw, that keeps their mind busy which helps the mouth with a lot of dogs, getting them thinking and having a person that keeps rewarding everything but noise can eliminate that barking and still allow the dog to be happy and excited. Emily came to us the most ball driven and loudest little puppy on the planet with demand barking and I fixed it using the whole anything but noise will work...

But usually in a public setting like that people are most embarrassed and impatient so they are not consistent and won't spend the extinguishing time.

And... I have no problem with other folks not caring about excitement/demand barking even though I'm not a fan. I have no problem just moving further away and letting them have their own ideas about what's ok. I wish more folks could do that :) For me it truly is a comfort issue, not a bossy keep dogs in their place thing. I have sensitive ears and extremely good hearing so it just plain hurts my ears when dogs bark at me like that. (hence the moments of wanting to drown Emily)

I just took on a client last week with a dog that has decided it needs to bark non-stop the moment it walks out the door. It's like my worst nightmare come true :) :) :)
Dec. 17th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks I will tell him--this is good. I think it will help. I'll try to impress on him that only if he's consistent will it work.

With Stella, she barks and we get her to sit quietly right away and sometimes also ask her to do a trick and on release she often starts barking right away again. With such delight. Which makes me think she feels we were also rewarding her bark... :/

Edited at 2016-12-17 05:50 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, especially barking at stuff in the world: that sit, distract with tricks buys you an interruption but not a total fix, especially if they are barking at what they consider something. It works best with demand barking because basically you are trying to get them to prompt what they want with that other behavior instead of the bark which we have better control of than the environmental stuff. That anxiety "omg that! And that! Omg did you hear that" barking is not easy to fix. I'll let you know if I figure it out with this new client that has taken it to all new levels!
Dec. 17th, 2016 09:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the new levels :/

Edited at 2016-12-17 09:48 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
And of course I wasn't taking into consideration what the barkiing my was communicating... gimme or do it vs LOOK! OMG thanks
Dec. 19th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
What? I can't hear you, Merc is barking. :-)
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