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    We have a "barker" too... our Boeboe barks at every single thing that moves or makes noise Luckily our neighbors dogs also barks a lot so they can't really complain

    I've heard that if your dog barks at specific things you have to claim the thing or space to show your dog you have it under control... I don't know if this works cos I've never had the patience to try it out myself cos we've moved so many times these past 3 years so there are always new interesting things to bark at but our dog trainer practiced it once to show us and at that single moment it did work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracoliv View Post
    I would try the VIBRATION First, basically you just want to "snap them out of it" by getting their attention. You will have to be dilligent about it though. Blocking the view could at least stop a lot of the barking, ie a solid fence or a good thick hedge so they can't see people walking in the cemetary.
    This is what I was going to suggest. The biggest problem seems to be movement behind the house in the cemetary, so block that line of sight. I have no idea what to recommend about the noises. Winston will bark outside, but it isn't loud or constant. I get one or two barks, then he just stands there at attention and occasionally a little growl comes out. It's hilarious though, because if the object of his attention comes closer, he runs behind me to hide.

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    @Vicaroo1000 I'm not sure what you mean by claim? How do I claim people behind the house?

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    @Twice - how to describe? Well, I can tell you how I claim the "Rottie Fence" at our little off leash area in my complex. When Bea and Bo hear the Rotties -- on the other side of the TALL THICK fence (they can't see them), they'll bee line for that corner and start what I can fence fighting. Hackles up, barking at the fence, acting like little jerks. They LOVE to fence fight and I hate it. It's noisy and it's not very neighborly! LOL
    You are claiming the back area and everyone and anything in it. You want them to bark to "notify" but after that, you got it. It's YOURS to manage.

    I get between Bea and Bo and the fence.
    I disagree with the behavior - I say "Ack" -- my version of Cesar's Tsst.
    I stand there, up straight, shoulders back, head high using calm and assertive energy, in my mind THIS FENCE IS MINE AND NO ONE CAN TOUCH IT.
    I keep "owning" the fence and disagreeing (Ack!) with any moves toward the fence and I (most important part ever!!) FOLLOW THROUGH.
    Just getting them to physically "give up" the fence to me is part one. Part two is when they truly GIVE UP the fence in their dog brains. I imagine they are saying something like, "She's the leader. It's her fence. Let's go do something else." You can see it in their energy / body language when you have successfully followed through and they have "let go".

    Try this with something that holds less significance with them. Practice. When they were puppies, while reading every Cesar Millan book on the shelves, I practiced this with toy possession. The toys are MINE -- I LET THEM play with them, is how I feel about it in my mind. That's my mental picture. Now it's their mental picture through energy / body language --- their language! Does that make sense? Likewise, the gate leaving the dog area is also mine. They cannot pass thru it without my authorization. The porch is the same way and one can leave the front deck without getting an OK from me (that's a safety issue).

    I know this stuff may sound kookoo for cocoapuffs to some folks. And just maybe I'm a mental case for even buying 1000% into this Cesar Millan stuff but what can I say? I CAN TELL YOU WITHOUT FAIL THAT IT WORKS. And because my relationship with my dogs is evolving and their continued trust in their pack leader is deepening, our relationship -- collectively speaking --- can only improve. It's exciting to me.

    I hope that helps. I need to tell you the story about the neighborhood Chupacabra; a tiny, brown, mean little Chihuahua who bit everyone, refused to be cooperative and had NEVER walked on a leash -- until he met me! Energy and body language ruled the afternoon that day!

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    I think the starting from puppies thing is a little late for Otis but I can definitely give the rest a try. Otis IS the problem. I've found if I let the girls out first they are quiet as church mouses. It's only when ut-oh starts losing his mind that the rest follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie1991 View Post
    That is too cute ! ! I know, Lilly will start barking and then look at me to see if I'm going to "get the collar". . . I tried the ones that emit a sound, but she just looked at it and kept on barking. . .

    Lilly has lymphoma, so now I just let her bark for a little then tell her to hush, because she only has a few months left - let her enjoy it while she can.
    aw im sorry to hear this but yea i think i would be the same. let her enjoy the time she has left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twice View Post
    I think the starting from puppies thing is a little late for Otis but I can definitely give the rest a try. Otis IS the problem. I've found if I let the girls out first they are quiet as church mouses. It's only when ut-oh starts losing his mind that the rest follow.
    That's the good news; it's just Otis. Control him and your troubles are over!

    I noticed something else with Bea the other day. She was barking at a truck that was unloading cars at a nearby car lot. It's noisy. I let her have a couple of alert "woofs" and then I "Ack'ed" to disagree with the barking. She persisted. And persisted. I opened the door and let her into the house --- which was my mistake. I should stayed there and followed through, but I was being lazy...and wanted to get back to whatever I was doing. In my rush to get thru the day, I think I miss plenty of opportunities for leadership exercises and these little "lessons" add up and provide more gumption behind the bigger lessons....

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    Thank you very much. Lilly is trying to hang in there, but I can tell she gets tired very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnA View Post
    I dont have that problem outside, but I do inside - if I'm not playing with him every single second of the day - it's on like donky kong - bark, whine etc....drives me nuts and no idea how to cure it. I say, "no barking" so he looks at me and barks more as if he's talking back. Then he may stop barking and instead I get the whine....
    He's too much of a scardy cat to bark outside, usually if he wants to bark it's an under his breath bark, which is pretty funny.
    I have an issue with this as well. We can go for a walk, play for 3 hours, and if i sit down on the couch for 1 second, its all barks. I ignore it but he will literally bark for hours in this situation. If i put him in his crate he quiets down, however i hate to have him in it so much and really want to have him free of the thing completely by 6 months. That said, if he barks every time he is out of it and i'm not playing then we have a problem.

    any advice would be helpful

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    Mr ADHD does this too and it drives me insane. But Im strong 75% of the time. But he goes on fits in his crate too...

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