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    Hi, Was wondering how to stop my sheltie from barking. I dont mind her letting me know when people are at the door or walking past but sometimes I just cant get her to shut up. I say "enough" or No, but she insists on still barking. I dont want to scare her, but at times I find myself getting very annoyed. How do you get them to stop?

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    You are probably rewarding the behaviour by paying your dog attention. If possibly ignore the behaviour and reward the dog when it is calm.

    You can do this in a set up by having someone knock at the door whilst you have the dog on lead. Give her a command - something else to do - sit for example - and reward the sit. If she barks instead of doing what you're telling her, ignore and start again

    If she cant cope with bell ringing start with someone standing at the open door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    You are probably rewarding the behaviour by paying your dog attention. If possibly ignore the behaviour and reward the dog when it is calm.

    You can do this in a set up by having someone knock at the door whilst you have the dog on lead. Give her a command - something else to do - sit for example - and reward the sit. If she barks instead of doing what you're telling her, ignore and start again

    If she cant cope with bell ringing start with someone standing at the open door.
    Agreed. Your dog will see that if he/she barks you will come out and give her/him attention, this will mean that your dog will continue to do this to receive attention.

    Try getting a spray bottle with water and giving a small spray towards the face (not in the eyes) when he/she is barking inappropriately.

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    my dogs are not normally problem barkers. they bark a bit, at people walking past, or when the farmer's dog next door is getting the cows in for milking. Just a bit of excitement and interaction with their environment.

    when we go away, we organise for someone to walk them daily, as well as feed and generally fuss over them. we believe they are happier this way than at kennels. After a recent holiday, one neighbour (but no others) complained that the dogs barked at night.

    If they barking a lot in the night, we obviously need to do something about it. But how?

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    Easily solved. Have the person looking after them feed them early, toilet them and then lock them inside

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    thanks, but the time between feeding them in the late afternoon and letting them out in the morning is just too long. Our dog carer lives about 5km away, not just next door, and she has a young family to attend to in the evening.

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    Do you have any idea what they are barking at during the night technocynic?
    My pup barks at cats, possums, bats and cane toads...so she sleeps inside now! If we ever go away...she'll have to go to a b/kennel.

    You could give them a bone @ night to keep them busy or kong toy (may have to chain them up at night if they fight over food) if they are interested in that. Or there's the barking collar. They are expensive, but if you go away often it might be worth it
    Last edited by ozeymum; 04-09-2009 at 07:28 AM.

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    they normally sleep in our bedroom. when we go away they have overnight access to most of the house, but not the bedroom.

    we live next to a dairy farm. at night when we are home they rarely bark. If they do, it might be at cows, or perhaps just the moon or because they feel like it. one is a beagle, the other a border collie.

    when you mention barking collars, do you mean citronella or electric shock? do they work on most dogs?

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    We have used a citronella collar in the past. They do work if you only have one dog.

    When we got our 2nd dog, he did not bark very much like #1 dog. Only problem was, he figured out that if he barked right next to #1 dog, Her collar would go off !!
    I think #2 decided it was fun to make #1's collar go off , so we had to stop using it.. Also, the cost of refills became quite expensive.

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    the one that is devious enough t do that is the beagle, and I suspect he is the worst barker. so it could be worth a try. thanks.

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