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,