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    also can you recommend any dog trainers in perth to help me with these matters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Paw Man View Post
    Hi Karlene,

    Many (positive-only trainers) will disagree with my advise to you, but I do this for a living and have been doing it very successfully for the last 33 years with a success rate of higher than 99.5%.
    Simply put, your dog exhibits an unacceptable behavior that if not addressed correctly will most likely escalate to the point where it effects the safe operation of your motor vehicle.

    You have three basic options in relation to this unwanted behavior...... accept it, manage it or extinguish it. There fact that you have asked for help on this forum tells me that you are not willing just to accept the behavior and that's good. The two remaining options of either managing or extinguishing the behavior can both be achieved innumerable ways, some of them easier, more practical and efficient than others.

    Here is a brief overview of the two remaining options from my perspective;

    Management Options -
    1. Don't take the dog on the car anymore (very impractical)
    2. Physically inhibit the barking with a 'Husher' muzzle (may inhibit the dogs ability to regulate its temperature in a hot car)
    3. Wear ear muffs while you drive... sounds silly I know but one of my clients who drove from Toowoomba to the Brisbane Airport each day with her over-vocal German Shepherd had to do just that...... Un till I came along anyway

    A lot of the methods you have tried already are just distraction or redirection techniques...... while these may occasionally work to some degree, they really do not address the dogs desire to do the unwanted behavior... they just momentarily distract the dog from it.

    Extinguishing Options -
    1. Counter-conditioning routine. It's a long process that really needs professional guidance, if only to plan out the steps and identify the milestones/benchmarks that signal the transition to the next stage of the routine.
    2. Remote Training Collar - Outlawed in four of the less progressive states, but OK in the other four. Still requires professional guidance and instruction but if this is an option where you live then it will solve your dogs behavioral problem within an hour of first application. The most number of stimulations your dog will need to receive from the remote training collar in order to extinguish the unwanted barking is three.
    3. Standard behavior extinction routine - This involves the application of a standard aversive to the dog that is paired with the undesired behavior. Again if done properly the most number of aversives that your dog will need to receive to stop the barking is just three.

    People who are not familiar with my methods are often skeptical about my claim about requiring only three aversives in order to extinguish an unwanted behavior. I don't mind others skepticism, I don't let that interfere with or distract me from what I'm doing. What I do is not new, it's not magic, it's not voodoo and it's not a secret. It's just basic canine behavior theory without any bells, whistles or political correctness

    If you are going to go for the extinguishing option then you should seek out the services of a canine professional in your area. By way of clarification I am not referring to someone who is just a trainer at their local dog club, but a true canine professional.


    hi grant
    thanks for the reply.
    i have been going to training with the dogs home that i picked tyler up from and i have discussed my fustration with tyler in the car with them as it has left me in tears last weekend. they are going to find me a husher that fits him and also look at a airplane crate instead of the big metal crate which has lots of visibility to it. i have also bought some ear plugs to block out the constant barking.

    i am keen to banish this behaviour as i cant tell if tyler is excited or upset of the ride in the car and i cant handle this disruptin to my driving and concerntration.

    Basically your Extinguishing Options are applied with force so are you suggesting above to have someone else enforce this rather than me who might be angery at the dog for barking and apply the force for too long?

    is the remote training collar legal in Perth and do you know of any true professionals in perth?

    Thanks again
    Karlene

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    I think the idea is that you don't let her get to the stage where she barks loudly at all. I would walk her to the car, rewarding her for staying calm and walk back before you even touch the car at first. Then progress to touching the door handle and walk away. Open and close the door, walk away. Make her jump in and straight out again, and so on. Reward when she is calm, if she gets overexcited, go back a stage.

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    thanks. yes i should try this of removing him from the vechicle but its hard when you live very close to your neighbours and they will get pixxed off.

    when you say you grabbed your dog after she had jumped on the fence. do you mean you sat there with her and hugged her kinda thing until she calmed down?
    Karlene Johnson

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlene View Post
    hi grant
    thanks for the reply.
    i have been going to training with the dogs home that i picked tyler up from and i have discussed my fustration with tyler in the car with them as it has left me in tears last weekend. they are going to find me a husher that fits him and also look at a airplane crate instead of the big metal crate which has lots of visibility to it. i have also bought some ear plugs to block out the constant barking.

    i am keen to banish this behaviour as i cant tell if tyler is excited or upset of the ride in the car and i cant handle this disruptin to my driving and concerntration.

    Basically your Extinguishing Options are applied with force so are you suggesting above to have someone else enforce this rather than me who might be angery at the dog for barking and apply the force for too long?

    is the remote training collar legal in Perth and do you know of any true professionals in perth?

    Thanks again
    Karlene
    Hi Karlene
    I'm not that familiar with the Perth dog scene so the only dog specialists that I know there are fellow Military Working Dog Handlers based at the Air Force Base at Pearce. I suggest that you contact Dog Training: Remote Dog Training Collars & Shock Training Collars and get the contact details for the WA representative and ask about the 'Big Leash' remote training Collar (which I helped design).... that's me in the opening screen video. They will not only be able to sell you the best Remote Collar available in Australia for a great price but they should know all the other professionals in their area and should be able to put you in touch with one who is au fait with Remote Training Collars. Feel free to email me directly if you need more information.
    Regards,
    Grant 'The Paw Man'
    RAAF Police Dog Handler, 33 yrs service & Civilian Canine Behavior Specialist

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