Originally Posted by 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.
Grant 'The Paw Man'
RAAF Police Dog Handler, 33 yrs service & Civilian Canine Behavior Specialist