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    I dont think I've heard Max bark before... until last night. He was sitting quietly at my feet while I was on the sofa when suddenly he let rip this big almighty bark (not a yap but a real "big dog" bark).

    It startled me and i said to him "Max!! What was that???!!" and he then coughed a couple of times like he was trying to disguise his bark as a cough. He then jumped up all crazy like and ran straight into my computer cables and nearly choked himself on one. I got him loose and he went out side still very excited so I let him stay out there to calm down a bit.

    He came back in about 10 mins later right as Larry.

    Was a very very weird moment and one of those where I really wished I'd had the video camera going!

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    Something might have startled him

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    Poppy is 16 weeks and has only ever barked at her reflection in the glass doors! Or at her shadow!

    She also gets a little vocal during puppy playdates with Angela's Gone Batty's pup. But thats the only time I ever hear her bark!

    Max must be finding his voice!

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    Probably gave himself a fright.

    I had one dog that I never heard bark until she was 6 months old. If I remember correctly her response was a bit comical too.

    She never ever did bark much that Kelpie.

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    Lol. First time Inca barked was at her reflection in the lounge room window at night. It was very funny!

    My father had one dog who would NEVER bark. He fell down a hole in pursuit of a burglar on the job one night and sat in the ruddy hole for 3 days. Still wouldn't bark. he was retired pronto.

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    Kirri is a barkaholic !!

    Just to make it worse, she has a high pitched bark as opposed to Kuros deep gruff bark..

    Anything seems to set her off, but particulary machinery or mechanical/metal noises.. My closest neighbour is'nt particularly happy ATM.. I'm trying to find a solution to stop her from barking, but she seems to do it when we are not home..
    I don't think it is caused from boredom, as Kirri and Kuro are the best of mates and spend the day running and chasing each other outside and playing tug'o'war with many toys that seem to have accumulated over time..

    I'm thinking I may have to bite the bullet and get a stimulation collar to train her not to bark when no one is home..

    I don't want to be the cause of angst with my neighbours, but I can't think of any other way to train Kirri..
    Kuro is not a problem, though he will bark but not without reason.

    The collar I have found and am thinking of buying is sold by K9Pro. This collar will first give a vibration warning before using stimulation to (hopefully) stop the barking.. I don't particulary like the stimulation principle, but it is the only solution I can find ..
    I have had a citronella collar in the past, but found that if either dog barked (Keesie and Kosmo RIP), that would set off the collar on the non barking dog...

    Tough decision here...

    What do you all think ?
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    Do you know what the dog barks at or why?

    I find a lot of the time if it is a particular neighbour that complains then it is a dog hates neighbour/neighbour hates dog and dog knows it situation.

    The neighbours exit or entry is very close to where the dog hangs out another common scenario.

    I recently went to a house who's dog hated their neighbour and always barked when anyone went out on the balcony. It turned out when you got down to dog level, it was a little dog, all you could see was the feet of the neighbour.

    A barrier had been put up between the two houses balconies to give privacy to each of them.

    The neighbours admitted to stomping on their deck the first few times the dog barked at them and yes it stopped her initially but then got worse.

    We took the barrier away, did some other training, introduced dog to neighbour and even took dog for a weekly visits onto the neighbours deck etc and then raised the barrier so the dog could see more of the people.

    Anyway back to the collar I say the above because they used the collar on this dog but after so many barks the collar (well the one they had) no longer shocked the dog, it was manufactured that way. And they didn't leave the collar on long enough. So the dog learnt no collar no zap, collar a couple of barks....stop. Start again and so on. Basically it learnt to either avoid the zap, or go right on past it to the other side.

    That doesn't really answer your question. But I suppose the moral of the story is that you need to leave the collar on permanently for some period of time for it to be effective and whether you are comfortable with that.

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    Just to add more detail, Kirri is not barking at the neighbours..She has meet the neighbours and likes them. It seems that noise sets her off, no matter where it comes from or what it is, but mainly loud or machinery noise eg Motor bikes, Mowers, metallic sounds like opening garage doors etc.
    When we are home, she is as quiet and innocent as she can be ( for a puppy ) ... That rules out training her to not bark when we are home as she does not do it, apart from an occasional single play bark which I cant really be annoyed at.
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    Then an increase in exercise, more rotation of toys rather than letting her get bored with the same ones.

    Hang things that can keep her entertained rather than listening for these sounds.

    Do you think she is sensitive to these "industrial" sounds or is it more boredom when you are not there.

    I'm not saying I'm anti these collars, sometimes when it comes down to having council on our back we have to make drastic choices, I'm just saying that the instructions have to be followed and owners need to be willing to follow thru otherwise you're zapping your dog without any real result.

    I've just had a re-read of your post; she's a puppy, what breed and how old?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post

    I've just had a re-read of your post; she's a puppy, what breed and how old?
    Born 23 Sept

    To answer that, read

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/my-dog-ph...html#post39315

    Should give you a bit of info and background !

    She certainly does not get bored.. She in fact wears herself out along with Kuro with her very active play... I suspect she may have had a bad experience with noise.. Maybe the trip in the plane from SYD to BNE may have had in impact on her aversion to noise ?
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