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Old 10-04-2011, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi everyone! Hoping for some recommendations! We adopted an approx 1 year old Pittie girl from the shelter about 10 weeks ago. She is an absolute love of a dog! Her ONLY issue is she is a barker!!! LOUD and constant. She HATES the crate and is barking all day while we are at at work. (Neighbors are NOT happy!) I have tried Kongs and puzzle toys, they last about 5 minutes. She gets tons of exercise and plays for hours every evening with our other 2 dogs and us. I cannot seem to curb the barking. I have tried spray bottles, coins in a can...nothing. The bark collar worked for about 3 days. I am at my wits end as I adore this girl but my fiance is rapidly running out of patience. PLEASE, any suggestions! Unless I am right at her side, she barks, even then, sometimes that isn't enough!!!
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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have you tried to get her used to the crate when you are home? not letting her out until she stops barking so she can associate her being quiet with being let out of the crate? I was able to turn on the TV or radio loud and sneak out of the house when my boy was a pup. Not having silence covered the noises the house makes, or car doors being slammed on the street. That might help. Does she bark when you leave her to go outside? If its separation anxiety you can go get your keys or whatever you do that signals her you are leaving. Go out the door and come back inside and give lots of love (as long as she hasn't barked). Then go outside and wait 5 minutes, come back inside with lots of praise. Go outside for 10 minutes, come in with lots of praise, and make the duration's a bit longer each time. It may take you a day or 2 to build up and make it longer, and its a pain but might work in the long run.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds like she has separation anxiety, like ames said.

What ames suggested is a good way to build up your girl's tolerance for being left alone. One thing I would change is not being so quick to stay outside (out of sight) for five minutes. You have to build up to that more gradually. If at ANY point she barks, you need to shorten the length of time by a couple minutes and start from there again.

Another thing you can use to help with her anxiety is a thundershirt. I know a lot of people that have had success with it--it's basically a shirt that wraps around your dog really really tight and gives them a feeling of more security. It's not a magic bullet, it won't get rid of the anxiety completely, but it can help minimize the amount.
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I have known a few people who had success with the thundershirt Kane suggested as well, and not just during storms but daily when left alone.
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