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|09-23-2009, 09:38 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2009
How to fix a Serious Barking problem
I have yorkie that is about 2 1/2 months old now. He has always been a barking puppy, but recenly (last 2 weeks) its been so much worse. He wakes us up every hour on the hour for consistent barking from 5am to 10am.
I bought a playpin for him that has his bed, toys and his pad. At first someone suggested a bark collar, I purchased one from walmart, not realising exaclty what it did and it shocked the puppy every time he barked. The first time he barked he got shocked, barked again right away shocked again, kept barking for 30seconds in till the collar shut off. I then took the collar off and returned it. I then bought the Citranella one because it seemed less humane. We'll now i wish i kept the electric one, but the one i had made the charge worse with each additional bark. The Citranella one worked wonderfull for a week. I put the collar on him when i left, and fell asleep. This week he outsmarted the collar. Everytime i refill it and put it on, he continuisly barks intill it runs out then stops, then barks again 2-5mins later. Like he's saying haha i win.
This dog is supersmart and the smell doesnt bother him at all anymore and im really thinking about going back to the shock collar. I seriously need him to stop barking i live in a small 1 bedroom aparartment and have been getting in trouble for the barking. He will bark the whole time i'm in class and i don't know what to do. I have tried the water bottle trick and it doesnt work either. Is there an electric shock collar made for small yorki puppies that give him a small jolt and not something that will hurt him?
Anything else i can try to fix this issue?
|09-23-2009, 09:44 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2009
I forgot to mention that I also tried the pennies in a can idea.
I've also had the puppy since he was 7 weeks old and the barking issue is recent, Last 2-3 weeks.
Last edited by buster84; 09-23-2009 at 09:46 PM.
|09-24-2009, 05:34 AM||#3|
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Join Date: Dec 2008
I would never use a shock collar on a little Yorkie, ever. The collar is probably what made the barking worse. And if it didn't help him before, it's not going to help him now.
Firstly, I would suggest exercise! He's probably barking out of boredom. Before bedtime, take him for a LONG walk. Yorkies can have tons and tons of energy that they need to burn off. I generally walk Jackson for a total of 1 hour per day, and get him to the dog park or an open field at least 3x a week. I also try to play a 15 minute game of "fetch" with him every night before bed so I know he's good and tired for the night. He sleeps soundly in my bed from 10pm-7/8am the next morning.
Secondly, I see you've already tried pennies in a can trick and water bottle. With these methods, don't do it angrily. I find that when I used to be irritated w/ Jackson's barking and getting angry, it just made it worse. I've learned to calmly go over, see what he's barking at, and calmly say "Quiet" and "thank you" for letting me know whatever was outside, it sounds ridiculous but it works. I do feel like energy is a huge part of communicating w/ dogs, since they can't speak to you directly (even though they think they can!)
But seriously, I would definitely try the exercise. Usually, they're barking out of boredom. Let me know how he acts after an hour walk before bedtime.
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|09-24-2009, 08:15 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Ottsville, PA
time and patience
we had a trainer out to help with our yorkie Henry. He barks at EVERYTHING! She told us to show him what ever it is, take him too it, pet it ( the vacuum, the tractor, bike, whatever) just keep telling him that it's ok, and after some time and LOTS of patience, it will work.
Well, of course it sounds crazy, but it works! My husband sat with him for 5 min the other night while I tried to vacuum, my husband would pet the vacuum cleaner, show Henry there was nothing to be afraid of, and then let him go. I could put the vacuum WHEREVER i wanted without Henry going crazy!!! Last night, my husband got out the shop vac and prepared for the worst NOTHING!! Not a peep !!
She told us to take him everywhere and socialize him.
DO NOT PICK HIM UP WHEN HE IS BARKING !!! Wait until he stops before you pick him up.
We got Henry from a rescue, and don't know his history, but it's obvious that he wasn't socailized.
He's doing better. So, you only need two things for training, patience and time!!!
Also, she suggested a dog whistle, when I blow it, he comes right over and gets his favorite treat! It's amazing!!! He's even stopped barking to come and get a treat.
Good Luck, don't throw in the towel, or start construction on a sound proof room, it'll work!!
|09-24-2009, 08:18 AM||#5|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Please please please don't use the shock collar. It's inhumane. From what I've heard it's even banned in a lot of parts of the world, including Australia.
Apparently dogs feel the zap more than we do. So if you use it on your hand and it hurts a little, your little baby hurts probably 10 times worse. Poor thing, please don't do that to him.
I agree, exercise would be the best thing. A tired dog is a good dog.
Also, how do you react when he barks. Have you tried ignoring him instead of getting all worked up, or telling him to shut up? In a dog's mind, any attention is better than no attention. So as long as he can get your attention, he doesn't care if it's negative or positive. He feels rewarded by getting ANY kind of attention.
Wish you luck. Let us know how you do. I know it's a big problem to deal with, especially in an apartment. But it's doable.
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|09-24-2009, 09:11 AM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2009
A Bark Collar is a safe, effective and humane way to train your dog not to bark too much. Clinical studies conducted by the College of Veterinary medicine of Cornell University have proven that Spray Bark Collars | Citronella Citrus & Unscented are TWICE as effective as shock collars! Sonic dog barking collars are virtually ineffective compared to spray.
|09-24-2009, 12:16 PM||#7|
Join Date: May 2009
Thanks for the help. I took the shock collar back for the citranella one because of the shocking. I didn't realize what i bought when i did, i just bought the cheapest dog collar that helps with barking lol.
As for walking him, i do let him out alot but i dont walk him around to much. He gets lots of energy out at home though. I'll try walking him before bed. As for leaving him alone when he barks, that wont work. He gets really loud at 5am and if i let him bark he will continue on and on. I ignored him once and he barked for 2 hours, then i got a complaint from the nabior about it. So i never ignore him anymore. I usually go to his pen, yell at him and say bad boy. Then squirt him with water. Then go back to sleep. He shuts up, then i fall back to sleep, but then he starts back up 1-2 hours later. I repeat the proceedure and it works again, except 1-2 hours later he starts right back up. I would let him roam my living room, but he has yet to be 100% potty trained. He was doing so we'll then when i brought my friends yorkie over he forgot it all, so i have to confine him again.
I'll keep you guys updated if i find a working method for this pup.