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Barking

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sands904
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We were having trouble with our two Chipoos barking at EVERYTHING. They would constantly bark at people walking by, kids playing outside, the neighbors mowing their lawn. You name it they barked at it. We tried filling an empty pop can with some pennies and shaking it and saying 'Quiet' when they barked. It has made drastic improvements. They still bark some, but when you tell them quiet they actually listen now. Hope this helps others.
 


poodlegirl
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Personally, I do not recomend using a shake can, as this can terrify dogs. I advise anyone having problems with barking to steer clear of electric shock collars or citronella collars! I've personally known two people who used shock collars and killed their dogs! It was unintentional, but it was horrible. One collar malfunctioned, causing continual electric shocks, until the dog had a heart attack...and the owners weren't even home! The other dog didn't understand what was causing the shock, and continued to bark. The owners just cranked up the voltage, thinking that it wasn't strong enough. Eventually it was so high, when the dog bark, it literally burned her insides! I've also heard of horror stories of citronella collars. My vet told me of one where a chihuahua mix was sprayed in the eye, causing severe enough damage that the eye had to be removed. He also told me of several instances where the citronella was breathed in, causing asphixiation, pneumonia, and even death. Can you imagine...citronella spray in the lungs!!! Poor dogs. Seriously, these are very cruel ways to "teach" a dog not to bark. Also, even if they do not cause injury, these devices can leave dogs extremely fearful or dangerously aggressive. Also, there are many ways to prevent barking. For instance, take your dog for two or three walks per day. Also, allow your dog at least five opportunities to go outside and relieve himself every day, provide plenty of chew toys, and rotate them regularly so your dog doesn't get bored. Fill a toy with treats, this will provide a lot of mental stimulation for your dog! Agility and flyball are also excellent for dogs who need more in their lives. Also, barking at strangers or noises should never be totally forbidden. It is a natural behavior. If you are having a problem with your dogs barking at strangers or noises, try socializing your dogs better. When people visit your house, give your dog a treat or a toy...he or she will learn to associate visitors with good things! If a strange noise frightens your dog and causes him or her to bark, ecourage your dog to sit, lie down, or play with a toy. This will help increase your dogs confidence!
TeddysMom
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I agree with poodlegirl! I have a Jack-a-Poo who LOVES to bark! I even considered re-homing him! It was real bad. The best advice I can give is to give the dog lots of exercise...walks, playtime, etc. That's what I've been doin' with Teddy. Just lettin' him play until he wears himself out. It works....good luck!
sands904
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Yeah, ours play constantly, tons of toys, chews, etc, but they still love to bark. Logan would be playing fetch with his tennis ball and see someone or hear something outside and bark at them without even dropping the ball. The can seems to be the only thing that works for them. We never shake it at them just from accross the room just enough to get there attention and tell them 'quiet', not to really scare them or anything like that. They are to the point now where we can tell them quiet and it works 90%. Of course we let them bark at things and especially when they are playing and don't discourage barking to let us know they hear a strange noise. The problem was we have a lot of kids around us that like to play outside our house and they would stand at the window and bark the entire time they were out there and trying to play with them didn't distract them from their barking.
TeddysMom
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Yea, there's kids that play across the road from our house also. So, Teddy and my other 2 dogs will just stand on the porch and bark...lol! Teddy will sit and bark at basically nothing, it's actually sorta funny! Anyway, what kind of "Poos" do you have?
sands904
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I have two chipoos, Lacey and Logan. The are really wonderful dogs so sweet and loving. Really I couldn't ask for better dogs. [:D]
TeddysMom
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I bet they are adorable!!! I have a fullblooded Chihuahua, so I can imagine mix alittle Poodle with that, and you got one cute dog!
Angelbaby
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Hi. I have owned chipoos before and have one female now and one chi. Barking has never been an issue. Somehow, they bark at what I would prefer, strange noises, someone approaching my door, or if they see another dog which is rare as they are inside with me most of the time. I know that my chipoo Angelbaby is afraid of loud noises. I once tried to make them a playtoy with dried beans in a water bottle...lol...she wouldn't touch it...She doesn't like toys that I buy for her, only things she is not supposed to like...lol...Gotta love em.
sammiegirl9

Anyone have a chiweenie? I'm getting one when they come of age and would like to know any info I can from owners. Thank you[:D]
sycadoog
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On barking. We have a Mini Schnauzer that barks alot but is going deaf so he barks at movement. Our Chinese Boston Tsu is afraid of loud noises to so a penny jar is not practical. We bought cheap squirt bottles and put plain water in them and then when they bark we will tell them "enough" and then if they continue we will squirt one squirt of water at then while repeating the command. It startles them into forgetting what they were barking at and they will then listen. Now we only have to pick up the spray bottle for it to work. I only had to spray them once or twice.
bman

i totally agree the squirt bottle helped us out tons
dhietpas

Ditto on the spray bottle.....I have a snorkie that loves to exercise her lungs and get noticed....she knows that the spray bottle means "no bark..."
sands904
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Thanks for the suggestions! I have actually taught the meaning of the word "Quiet" and they will pretty much stop barking on command. No squirt bottle needed. It probably took longer but I do not like the idea of training with aversives if they are avoidable. Plus what if you are out and don't have a squirt bottle?...How do you get them to stop barking?....Thanks again! [:D]
Linda78
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I'm at my wits end with Edward (14 mo. chipoo) and Kipper (11 yr old cockapoo).the barking when someone comes in the house (people they know) is making me crazy! it's embarrassing to say the least. Any ideas out there that really work? Maybe ill try the can with pennies in it..thx
sands904
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Sorry, to hear you are still having trouble with this... If you get Animal Planet I suggest watching It's Me or the Dog with Victoria Stillwell (The new season is on at 7pm on Saturdays here but they are always airing re-runs) she has lots of episodes that deal with similar issues. Try hanging a bag of your dogs FAVORITE treats (baked chicken or hotdogs work great) on the door where guests come in. Tell them not to look directly at the dogs and not to talk to them or reach toward them. Have the guest toss them pieces of treat until they seem more comfortable with that guest. Then maybe have the guest toss a ball or other toy they love to them to play with. This is not something you can just do once or twice. This will take months even years depending on the dog and how ingrained the habit is. Best of luck!!
Linda78
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ok, just ordered and received "Bark Off" to try. Started it on Sunday night and so far they are still barking!! It is a device that lets off an ultrasonic sound that only the dog will hear when it barks. It is supposed to get it's attention and when quiet he gets praise. Could take up to a week to work. Not too optimistic at this point. Has anyone used these before? Comments?
capicu
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Well, I bought [b]Bark-Off [/b]and I know he heard it, but then got curious and was barking just to listen to the sound, so it didn't worked for me either... The spray bottle... naaah!! didn't worked!! What I do is I looked at him straight to the eyes and tell him very firmly IS OVER ENOUGHT!!! He barks like twice but then the barking is lowpitched until he mumbles! hahahaha and then finally shut up! During all this process I'm still looking him straight to the eyes very very serious...He gets the message that I'm mad... hahah then he just go and lookk for his toy nad put it in my hand to play!! That's what he loves to do, play, play, play and play!! ;)
rachelc27
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My Jack-A-Bee is very vocal. I don't mind when he barks when he is outside or at strange noises. I do however have a problem when I tell him "NO" and he starts to bark at me. Like if I'm eatting dinner and he thinks he should get some he nonstop barks after I tell him no. Or he if wants to chew on my hands (he's still a puppy)and I pull my hands away he nonstop barks. I usually put him outside. Any other suggestions to get him to stop?
sophiesmom
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I think it must be a Chipoo thing cause my Sophie will bark at nothing!  When she hears a car door there is no stopping her.  I have tried everything, but she won't stop.  We have tried the treat at the door, the clicker, spray bottle, you name it.  I'm open to all suggestions. 

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