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Thread: My barking dogs and a very unhappy neighbour

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    The 2 dogs are great for each other and is the right decision for us and our dogs.
    The vicks is working a treat and nail biting liquid painted on to the plastic box.
    I am not prepared to crate my dogs for up to 10 hrs a time in a day.
    I appreciated all the helpful advice and am trialling some of the suggestions given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    It would probably be ok to organise play dates with other dogs you know have been vaccinated. Or enrol in puppy pre-school - usually with your local vet, or the local corgi club should be able to recommend someone in your area.

    It's a difficult balance between keeping your puppies safe from disease or socialising them with other dogs so they learn how to greet other dogs and people politely and get plenty of mental exercise.

    A general rule of thumb for puppies - is 5 minutes of exercise per month of age - so at the moment 10 to 15 minutes around the back yard is probably more than enough - even though they seem to be ready to go again 30 seconds later.

    You may also want to investigate trick training or shaping (sometimes known as clicker training) just to engage their brains a bit. Like go to your bed, come here, sit, drop, stand, beg, roll over etc. Little sessions of this - about 30 seconds or 10 treats worth at a time.
    Hi Hyacinth. Thank you for the advice.

    We've got them enrolled in puppy kinda and they graduate next week on Monday (it's a four week program). That's been great for socialising and we're lucky they get to socialise with each other as well.

    I hadn't heard of the '5 minutes of exercise per month of age' rule of thumb before. If 15 minutes of exercise is meant to be enough, they easily get that every day. They play fight with each other for half an hour to an hour at a time, half a dozen times per day + evening.

    We've been training them a little bit every day the commands 'come', 'sit' and 'drop'. We've also been keeping them thinking with Nina Ottoson puzzles, kong toys, establishing rules, introducing them to new things, and so on based on advice we've been gettting from puppy kinda.

    Now it's just a matter of curbing their barking at each other, especially when they're outside. We don't want to curb their play fighting as it develops skills they might need one day but noisy barking at each other is definitely the main thing we are trying to curb at the moment.

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    So I am still having fence barking problems and problems with my unhappy neighbour. The larger, older dog, rotti x staffy, 1 1/2, is barking at the next door neighbours dog and or cat when they walk the fence line. I have put up fencing that moves my dogs back about 4 metres from the fence line, and it helped for about a week. The get plenty of exercise, toys, bones, tried vibration collar, muzzle with not much success. Any helpful advise? They can't be left inside.

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    Maybe look into doggy daycare maybe? Or someone to take them for a daily walk...It sounds rediculous but there is such a thing is doggy daycare lol. Might cost a bit, but stimulated dogs are happy dogs.

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    They get daily walks in the bush where the get to chase rabbits and just run to their hearts content.

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    Are you able to arrange an area in your yard for a run for the dogs when you are not there.

    I live on acreage and have what I call a puppy yard within the big yard. I have fenced off an area around one side of the house and that is where pup goes when I am not at home. He is very safe and most importantly he can't get into any trouble when I am not there.

    Some things you might look at training wise is: 'LAT' (look at that), and teaching the pup to bark on command and then teach to not bark or be quiet.

    When my pup first came here as a two year old - he was sooooo full of himself and barked at everything. All I did to curb this was that every time he barked I acknowledged it by saying to him either - 'show me', 'what's up ?' or 'where ?' I then went to him and told him that every thing was OK. Now - he gives a couple of barks, comes to find me and then we both go and see what the problem is.

    I have found that now he looks to me for guidance as to the seriousness of the situation and most importantly trusts and allows me to sort things out.

    All of this takes time.

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    Exercise on it's own is not enough. What training are you doing. Especially stuff that specifically addresses having something else to do besides fence running.

    And a few bit of fence that goes at right angles to the main fence may help a bit, but what you really want is to train your dogs not to bother. If mine starts bouncing off the fence and barking I go get her and keep her on lead for a bit. And if she does it again, I put her back on lead. Usually twice is enough for her to realise what she needs to do to get free run of the back yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Treadmills. I must be the only home in our family that does not posses one. We are also the only home in our large extended family that are not overweight, and we dont bark much either.
    I'd be worried if your family did bark.. lol.
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    This one is certainly turning out to be tuff
    The debarking avenue was even explored .

    So any helpful advise would be greatly appreciated guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Treadmills. I must be the only home in our family that does not posses one. We are also the only home in our large extended family that are not overweight, and we dont bark much either.
    Thanks to the flu, I have a pretty wicked bark happening at the moment!

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