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    Could you take them for a walk around the front yard??

    Do they get bones??

    Do you know if you have any keen walkers in your street that would take one of the dogs for a walk for you.

    My neighbour often takes one of my dogs on her daily walk to keep her company.

    Confine them of a night (the garage or laundry) to lessen the barking.

    Is there any family that can help you out.

    Are they inside/outside dogs or only outside dogs?

    If you are picking the dogs up when they jump remember you are rewarding them. Others here may be able to post links to some training sites, sorry I'm useless at computers and typing out all that you need would take far too long.
    Last edited by mouseandchicken; 02-16-2010 at 11:37 AM.

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    I dont have any experience with training dogs, i have never owned one before.

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    They dont bark at night it's just during the day. They are both inside dogs with access to outside via doggie door.

    They do get bones but only when we are home because they fight.

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    Ok...they probably bark because they are dead bored out of their mind!

    Separate them when you give bones...no fighting will happen!

    I am going to say this, since nobody else have...have you considered these dogs would be better off with another family that can give them what they need??? Such as training, exercise, guidance, structure, leadership...boundaries etc?!?!?!?

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    I came to this site looking for helpful suggestions. I admit to this being my fault but i will not be made to feel like i am some kind of derelict owner.

    I was aksing for advice on where to start because i have no idea and perhaps some ideas that i can try until i can afford professional training.

    I get that walking is very important for both exercise and stimuli but there must be something else that i can do as well. Walking is not the only thing that will help them.

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    When you are home, what do they do? Do they sleep or play with each other, tear up things in the house, etc?

    Do they have toys to play with?

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    When i am home they are generally quiet except they bark when they here noises and when people come to visit they go crazy. They also play with each other though not as much as they did when they were puppies.

    Yes they have toys to play with ropes and stuffed toys, balls etc. I have also just brought them a kong each to see if i can occupy them when we go out.

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    Going for a walk is the "be all and end all" for most dogs. They calm down and then are responsive to training.

    I would hate to think that I never got to leave home and that every day was the same. I don't think that I would be rational.

    I know my girl who is home with a litter at the moment is at week 4 going a little stir crazy, so we take her for car trips. When the puppies have had their first vaccinations I'll take her for short walks.

    There are plenty of sites that explain using conditioned reinforcers and there are books as well. I think also if you looked thru some of the training posts you may also find info already there.

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    Mishka I know it is difficult when you just can't get out and walk them, I am in the same boat as you. You could start by using a water spray bottle like I do so when they bark you spray them and say NO firmly same as jumping up etc. If you are willing to get a treadmill for your dogs look in the trading post etc. for second hand ones it doesn't have to be anything flash just something for them to walk on I have seen them go alot cheaper than $1300 my aunty picked one up a week ago for her dogs and only paid $200 for it. I also use time out for our dogs so when one is being very mischieves and simply won't listen or has started a fight etc. I put them in a crate for a few minutes until they settle. Try to take them outside at every opportunity you get (I take them out while my mum is asleep.) I to have been told at times that I should rehome my dogs but it was only when I was going through a really rough patch and now that things are a bit more settled the dogs seem to have settle a little bit as well, Clea is just thinking of the dogs, I also use alot of interactive toys. Such as biscuit balls, kongs etc. and I also get the dogs to play hide and seek in the house. I go around and hide little treats everywhere and the dogs go looking for them. Also if you have any family or friends near by that have dogs that your dogs get on with then ask them if they would be willing to take your dogs for a couple of hours or even if they can bring their dog/s over so they can play in your backyard. I do this 2-3 times a week with my grandparents dog and my dogs love it. Hope that you can use some of these ideas.

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    Kongs are great. I put peanut butter in my dog's one. Takes him ages to get it all

    Do they see you as any kind of leader? If you tell them to do anything, will they do it? For example, will they get off the lounge if you tell them to? Can you take their food off them? etc.

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