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    Hi, I have a new dog (she is a sighthound) that is about 15-16 months old.

    She came from a kennel with other dogs and a quieter street about 5 weeks ago

    She sleeps in my bed at night and goes most places with me.

    When someone is home you hardly hear a noise from her when she is out in the yard BUT of an evening when I do afternoon shift (I'm on a rotating roster) if no one else is at home, she barks for a couple of hours. I got phoned at work tonight by a neighbour.

    Most neighbours it's not an issue and they are allowing her to have time to settle in but I have one neighbour that it is (council ranger is about to visit me because of the complaint).

    I'm trying to reduce the impact (have even come home from work to collect her) but this can't continue for too long.

    I have thought about trying a barking collar. What are people's experiences with the different types citronella and electronic?

    Thanks in advance

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    Does she get locked outside when you're away?

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    My old boss had the same problem with his new dog. They got a collar of some sort that helped alot but i dont know much about them other than it worked for him. They where able to hire one from the council.
    My neighbours dog barks alot to as even though i'm very patient with it and feel a bit sorry for the dog it does break you down after a while and gets annoying.
    Hope you can get it sorted. The ranger might have a few good ideas for you too.

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    Beloz,

    Yes she is locked outside when no one is home but she is also locked outside when someone is home at times as well.

    She is exercised, has a kong, given brisket bones (often buries them), I leave a radio on outside, sometimes given a pigs ear to chew.

    I've asked neighbours to see what she barks at (if anything), to talk to her over the fence (when playing up to settle her down) and to phone me if she is an issue (got a call last night).

    I've often come home mid shift at night to take her to work to reduce the impact to neighbours (just incase she is playing up).

    She can be outside most of the day and only does an occasional bark (when someone is home).

    It's appears to be only when no one home at night time although the other morning when I was on day work, left at 6am, she woke that neighbour up after I left by barking but I was not told it was consistent barking.

    Infact yesterday morning she was here for 2 hours (from 8am - 10am) by herself (locked outside) and have heard no complaint.

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    Sean,

    the council here no longer rents the citronella collars out plus I also hear that they don't work on all dogs

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    I think the quickest fix may be to let her have access to the house when you are gone if you can deal with that. I know it's somewhat controversial, but I am a big believer in allowing dogs inside when no one's home. I believe otherwise they feel like they are being punished because you go out and it may cause some dogs stress.

    Sighthounds can be pretty sensitive creatures too. My old dog - who recently died at 11 - was one. She didn't like being outside after dark at all, even when we were outside with her!

    I just leave my backdoor open for the dog, but if it works, you could maybe install a dog door? If you don't trust her having access to the whole house, you could also install a baby gate to block off areas you don't want her to be in. I didn't bother with my old dog though. She snoozed on my bed when I went out at night.

    I don't know about the collars, but I would not trust using any disciplinary measure when I'm not there to supervise. And as I said, sighthounds can be quite sensitive so I would be careful about causing her too much stress.

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    I can't leave her inside at night when no one here as she chews things (fine when someone here but not when alone).

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    My pup chews things too, which is why I only allow her in parts of the house and don't leave things like shoes and stuff. I still regularly find things she has ripped up when I get home, but I'd rather have that than the possible alternatives.

    That's just my personal strategy though. I'm not trying to force it onto anyone.

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    I also agree that it will help immensely if she has access to or is inside.
    A laundry or bathroom perhaps. They though are the coldest rooms in the house though.
    Baby gates blocking access to areas you do not want her in may be good too.
    Dog proofing areas as best as you can helps with the chewing.

    You may have to resort to this if the council gets too many complaints.
    Dogs can be de barked by a vet but IMO that is only a last resort.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks for the advice.

    Sorry she can't go into the laundry or the bathroom (or even the garage).

    I start holidays tomorrow night so hopefully will sort it out soon.

    Maybe I might need to try and borrow or hire an electronic barking collar to see if that works (the one that uses the throat vibration and has 6 automatic settings).

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