Originally Posted by PerfectPit
At our house when they barked at neighbors we'd bring them in as soon as they started barking, they learned if they barked they lost play time. At our old house, which wasn't in the best of neighborhoods they barked even in the house at certain people that came to the neighbors, we figured they senced they were not "good people" and allowed them to bark as a warning that we had dogs.
Actually dogs do not learn like that. Dogs do not understand time out or the loss of playtime all they know is you brought them inside and there was nothing to bark at. That is not a proper solutions dogs learn by association and redirecting does not work with more dogs especially APBT
's who are more head strong than most breeds. That is why something like a no bark collar works so well because it associates barking with a correction that is times perfectly.
That's easy to fix, get a no bark collar they work great and the only way to correct him when your not there. Also spend the money and get a good collar like a dogtra no bark they are about $70 but they work great and start at a low level of correction and will increase to the point where it stops the dog from barking. Normally I don't like to use one on a dog that young but barking at the neighbors could get you into trouble and get the dog poisoned. No barks are great I have a big basket of them and they go on some of the dogs when they go out to the kennels.
There are other ways of working on barking when your home other than the no bark but if your not home the only way to correct them every time is with a collar.
This is an atricle I wrote for my classes I teach about barking and ways to try and stop it. But again if it is happening when your not there then the bark collar is the way to go.
There are a couple things you can try.
1- Water in a spray bottle is not enough with strong-headed dogs. Try using white vinegar. Try 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water. I have used this on the most stubborn dogs and it works great. you can add more vinegar f needed to make it stronger depending on the dog. You need a word (if you donít already have one) like quiet. You donít want to use no because they get that enough sometimes. Quiet means stop making noise or ďelseĒÖ. The ďelseĒ is a shot with the spray bottle. When they bark spray them and say "quiet", you can spray them at the head (from a distance, don't aim for the eyes but rather the nose) the vinegar and water is safe it will not blind them but they do not like it. Eventually when you say quiet they should stop right away or they know the spray is coming. The spray need to be a direct stream not a mist. It is ok for the dog the bark in alarm or because they see something they do not like but when you say quiet they should stop and this is an effective way to teach that.
Eventually when you say quiet they understand to stop making noise.
2- An ultra sonic no bark. I have used one in my house with limited success. If you have one dog that keeps setting it off you punish all the dogs. I suggest it to my clients with 1 dog or a place where only one dog will hear it. I have a dog that likes to set it off because itís fun! If I take her out of the kennel room it works great on my other dogs.
3- Last option is a shock collar. They are not inhumane if used correctly. Most dogs do just fine with them. I love remote collars and no bark collars but you cannot use them on every dog. I have about 4 dogs out of 20 that do not have the temperament for the no bark shock. Itís just too much correction. For them the vinegar works great.
I hope this helps and donít feel bad if you have to go to electricity. They tend to work them selves into frenzy by sitting there crying. If you can correct them the first couple of times you will be amazed that he will settle down. Start from the least form of correction and work your way up. Ignoring him might not work especially if this is something he does often.