My kelpie/heeler/who knows what rescue dog is smarter than me and has found a few very annoying behaviours I find hard to ignor consitently.
Every time I pass the ute she barks at me to say lets go for a ride. Every time I can, I ignor her BUT sometimes I have to take her so she gets reinforced. Of course many times go without her but I am sure she thinks that I only take her as she has worn me down. I make her stop barking before I load her.
the phone..now this one drives me crazy. She is an outside dog but when the phone rings in the house she runs to UNDER the house where the phone is and barks. I can't see her so she is being ignored. I can't reinforce not barking at the phone because she only does it when I can't see her. I am sure she is doing me a favour and in fact one phone bark would be good but she doesnt stop. I tried having the phone and her near me outside and trained her not to bark when the phone rings. This is OK but it was actully good that she barked at the phone outside because if I was using machinery she was telling me the phone was ringing. She hears the phone BEFORE it rings, With the mobile phone I change the ring and it takes her about 3 calls to recognise the new ring. Even on silent she barks if it vibrates in my pocket. If her reward is making me stop the ring well then of course she gets rewarded every time.
If I am with her and the phone rings she will stay quite if its like a training session when she is getting my attention BUT this does not work if I am working.
Please someone tell me how to solve this.