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Old 08-02-2010, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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How can i stop my dog from barking at the neighbors

he barks at them all day. everytime they go in there yard or even if they turn on a light in their house. hes 5 months.
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oh yeah and they complain about it too but i dont know how to get him to stop. everytime i go out there he stops barking at them then when i come back in he goes at it agian in the next 10 minutes
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Can he see into their yard?
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Have you tried having your neighbors over to make friends with your dogs. And then when they come home just speaking to the dog to let them know who they are????
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I would not recommend that because you do not want people putting their hands over the fence when your not there or giving your dog treats. What they give them may not be the best for them and that is how people get bit by reaching over or jumping fences. It sounds like the dogs are being territorial and that is normal for any breed but if your neighbor reaches over and gets bit for some reason when your not there it could be really bad for you. Even if the dog was fine when you were out there with the neighbors it will be different if your not around.

For that reason I would not recommend letting the neighbors feed or pet them over the fence.
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Not over the fence. The dogs need to be desensitized to the neighbors coming and going. They need to learn it's a normal occurance and nothing to be warning you about. Inviting your neighbors over to your house on occasion to meet and get to know the dogs will make the dogs familiar with their voice and smell. Then when they come home say in the middle of the night all they have to do is speak to the dogs, call their names and reassure them that it's just them and everything is alright. Once the dogs know the voice and smell and that there is nothing abnormal about the routine then they should stop barking.
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You can give it a try but meeting in the house is one thing and being territorial is another. Even dogs like my dutch shepherd who has met my family many times will bark if they come to the gate it is not a social problem or a matter of desensitizing it is a territorial or guardian behavior.

I am also very simplistic when it comes to training. hummm spend several days of my neighbors and my time trying to get the dogs to like them enough on something that might work. Again if the dogs are guarding or being territorial it will most likely do no good, or I can get a no barks and get it fixed the first day. I will take the no bark any day it is a very easy thing to fix.
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I'm gonna have to disagree with the bark collar. Only from my bad experience. It made my dog more neurotic.(and 1/2 the time the stupid thing wouldn't work)

I'm not saying it wont work on some dogs,it just didn't in my case.

I saw something online...I think you mentioned it, that sonic no bark thing. I heard it's suppose to be real good.

I no longer have a barking dog, i have to worry about. But I know what you're going through. BELIEVE ME!

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I'm gonna have to disagree with the bark collar. Only from my bad experience. It made my dog more neurotic.(and 1/2 the time the stupid thing wouldn't work)

I'm not saying it wont work on some dogs,it just didn't in my case.

I saw something online...I think you mentioned it, that sonic no bark thing. I heard it's suppose to be real good.

I no longer have a barking dog, i have to worry about. But I know what you're going through. BELIEVE ME!
Most times when they do not work you did not get a good collar That is why it did not work half the time and it probably was too strong for your dog. That is why it is important to find the right collar that starts off at a low setting. Most collars you get at a pet store especially the cheap ones are too strong for most dogs and really scare them. Collars like the Dogtra or Tri-Tronics start off at a low stimulation level and automatically adjust if the dog does not stop barking. It will find the right level of correction for the dog and that is why they are more expensive but worth the money. If you have it on too high yes it will cause more problems than they solve and it is not fair to the dog, like what happened in your case.
I do like the ultra sonic but it does not work for all dogs. and if you use a collar like that dogtra and you have problems with it after a week of trying out then just return it, or sell it me lol
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