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    Question My Schnauzer's Barking is Getting Out of Control!

    Hi,
    Just joined the forum to get some valuable advice.

    I have had dogs before but I am at my wits end...

    Missy is a 3year old medium schnauzer we got from a refuge 18months ago. She is a gorgeous loving dog...BUT

    We live on the edge of a nature reserve. There is lots of walkers and their dogs, and wildlife going past. She looks straight through the fence at it all. She doesn't bark without a reason. But she does bark at absolutely everything! Bush turkeys are her favourite! I do want her to bark (as anyone can come through the gate into our back yard) but a bit less!

    I have tried numerous things. The most effective has been a shot of water from a water pistol but it hasn't produced a longlasting change. I am wondering if I need to go with something like a cintronella collar that will keep working when I am not at home?

    Today I have tied her up to her kennel, next to water. She is quite happy lying there and isn't barking to get let off.

    What I am asking for is suggestions for what I should do...
    I want her to bark at people once or twice...but not at roos and birds.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mia

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    I can think of a couple of things. One is to cover the fence with something so she cannot look through it. A brush fence, bamboo,...

    The other is to do some training with her in which you reward her whenever she looks at one of the animals in the reserve but before she barks. Obviously you'd have to do quite a few session for this to result in sustained behaviour. But there's quite a bit of proof out there that this kind of method can give long-lasting results.

    I know someone who claims the citronella collar works for her dog. Of course then the dog won't bark at anything. Which personally I find a bit cruel, but that's just my opinion. I've also heard it doesn't work on all dogs. And it doesn't have a lasting effect, meaning if you take the collar off, they'll soon discover they can bark again and be as bad if not worse than before.

    There's always the option to get a behavioural trainer in too to help you with this. I've known people who had a good result with Bark Busters and similar, but not all who tried them were happy. It would definitely depend a lot on the individual trainer too.

    Good luck. Incessant barking is such an annoying problem and not always an easy one to fix.

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    block her vision by covering the fence.
    Train her to talk on commmand, then you train to stop

    long winded training process required for this one.
    Bark collar did not work for mine at all.
    Moving did though.

    Good luck

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    Use lots of rewards to train her that bush turkeys and what ever else you don't want her barking at are ok. I like the "look at that (LAT)" technique, where you ask the dog to look at the exciting thing, from a not so exciting distance at first, then ask dog to look at you and reward looking at you or at least away from the turkey. Try not to connect barking at the turkey with reward, connect nice calm behaviour with reward.

    And what Bernie said - teach her to bark on command, and then teach her quiet - in between barking...

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    Like Hya said...I just say "who's that"
    Pets are forever

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    Thumbs up Thanks everyone!



    I am going to have a go at teaching how to bark and shush on command. Wish me luck!

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    Good luck!

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    Luck

    But you don't need luck, just good timing...

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