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Driving With A Barking Dog In The Car

Gemma | November 28th, 2009
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If you have ever been driving with a barking dog in the car you will know it is enough to make anyone crazy. It seems like everything you go past in the car makes them bark.

It doesn’t matter if it’s cars, bikes, children, cats, other dogs or even non threatening objects like houses, your dog just seems to bark at anything and everything.

Most of us will lose our temper and end up yelling at the dog in an attempt to get some peace. Driving is often stressful enough without a barking dog to contend with. But this is only going to excite your dog even more.

If you start yelling you’re actually confirming to the dog that you feel the same as they do. They bark and you shout. Your dog is probably thinking that you are in total agreement with them.

If you follow these three tips while out driving with your dog you should with a little time and patience reduce the amount of barking and eventually stop it altogether…

1. Try To Relax

You want your dog to be relaxed so try leading by example. Play some relaxing music at a low volume and stay calm and collected even if your dog gets excited. Talk softly to your dog without stress in your voice and give their head a little rub (without crashing the car).

2. The Water Trick

If the first tip doesn’t work you can try something more drastic. Carry a small water bottle or water pistol with you. When your dog starts to bark quickly give them a little squirt of water and at the same time firmly say “no”. Most dogs will immediately stop barking. Saying “no” in a firm voice will eventually stop them barking even without the water because they will learn to associate it with the water spray.

3. Use A Dog Crate

Another thing you can do is use a dog crate. You simply use a crate that your dog can sit in whenever they are in the car. The crate should limit the dogs field of view so they can’t see everything rushing by. Without the stimulation of everything rushing by they are unlikely to start barking. This is a better option for small and medium dogs but can be difficult with larger dogs.

Whatever technique you use, try to stay calm. Getting stressed doesn’t do you or the dog any good. Also remember to focus on the road and try to have a safe journey!

4 Tips For Dealing With A Barking Puppy

Gemma | November 26th, 2009
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Young puppies will often bark loudly and this can be quite unnerving for a new owner. Many new puppies will bark and yelp intensely when they arrive at their new home. Although this is quite natural and should be expected, if your new best friend doesn’t quiet down after a while and is driving you nuts at night these tips may help.

One of the biggest phases that a puppy will go through is the fear of being alone. And I’m not talking about being alone in the sense of you leaving the house. Some puppies will go absolutely nuts even when you only leave the room for a split second. They just can’t bear to be alone because they are used to having their mommy or littermates around non-stop.

When faced with this situation, what you do? If you run to your puppy to sooth and caress him every time he cries, then you are only feeding the behavior and creating a spoiled dog. On the other hand, if you ignore him and let him bark his brains out, the rest of the family (especially your spouse) will become very annoyed with you for letting the barking go on.

It’s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place, however, we do have some tips to help you deal with your puppy barking situation:

1. Don’t Yell

The first step is to try to ignore your puppy’s barking if at all possible without yelling at him. Yelling will either scare him from wanting to come near you or will further add to his anxiety levels that and he will continue barking.

2. Use A Teaching Lead

There is a product called a “teaching lead” which will enable your puppy to be around you at all times in the house. Use these types of tools so that your puppy can be around you while he is getting used to his independence.

3. Leave & Arrive Calmly

When you leave the house, try to refrain from long and drawn out departures. Although it’s understandable to want to pet your puppy and talk sweet to her before leaving the house, it only creates more stress because she will start to associate your behavior with you leaving her side. The same advice goes when you arrive home. Avoid big and exciting welcomes after walking through the door.

4. Use A Simple Training Aid

Try using a simple training aid to get your puppy to quiet down immediately when she is barking. A water bottle that sends a quick burst of streaming spray is a perfect idea. Or you could use a small tin can filled with a few pennies in it. When you go to leave her side and she starts barking, simply throw that can in her area. It will create a startling noise while at the same time diverting her attention.

Quick Tips To Prevent Puppies Barking, Biting & Chewing

Gemma | November 12th, 2006
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Early training can prevent common puppy behavior problems such as barking, biting, chewing and jumping up on people, and can teach necessary behaviors, such as walking nicely on leash.

Barking

Puppy barking is a common puppy behavior that’s not always easy to control, but if you begin when the puppy is young, you can teach it that being quiet or to stop barking on command is much more productive than endless yapping.

Never reward your puppy by giving the puppy attention or anything else it wants. Wait until the puppy is quiet, praise it, then give it attention, toys or treats. It’s often amazing how quickly a dog can learn that sitting politely produces more rewards than being noisy does.

Biting

Biting is another troublesome issue for many puppy owners. Puppies don’t realize that your skin is a lot more tender than that of their littermates, especially if you encourage them to nibble on your fingers, arms or toes.

Biting can be a matter of life or death for a dog, so your puppy should understand by the time it’s 4 months old that putting teeth on human skin is never, ever acceptable. Make some kind of noise – OUCH! – NO BITE! – STOP IT! and stop playing with your nibbling puppy immediately.

This works fairly well for people who have a relatively gentle, sensitive puppy. But with a roughneck pup, a firmer method may be needed. A puppy kindergarten class can be just the place to obtain that kind of guidance. Any time you have a puppy that can’t be discouraged from biting, seek the help of a trainer or behaviorist as soon as possible.

Chewing

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim and puppies gotta chew. Chewing can be one of the most destructive puppy behaviors, but it can be redirected. The simplest way to do this is to teach the give command. When your puppy learns early on to give up items graciously, it’s easy to take away items it shouldn’t chew on and replace them with canine chew toys.

Practice the give cue when the puppy is playing with something it likes but isn’t overly excited about. When the puppy releases the object, praise it, give it a treat if you want, and let it have the object back. You can also teach the puppy to let you open its mouth. When a puppy grabs something valuable to you or dangerous for it to have, you won’t have time to get something to exchange for the forbidden item.

Does Using A Bark Collar Work At Quieting Your Dog?

Gemma | July 22nd, 2006
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Training your dog to stop barking excessively, whether in or out of your absence, is a fairly simple process. With a little creativity, a squirt gun, and approximately 7 days of devotion, you can have your dog quiet in no time, giving both you and your neighbors a break from all of the noise.

Most dog owners who have followed the simple step-by-step dog training procedures discussed in our articles on ridding excessive barking have done just fine. Other owners, however, I’ve requested the advice on dog bark collars.

Do Bark Collars Work?

Bark collars are designed to emit an electrical shock each time a dog barks. Such callers do not actually train, they punish! A prime example of the torture that a dog must go through when wearing such a tormenting device can best be described as follows:

There was once a Chihuahua named Chu Chu that lived in an apartment complex of which the rules stated that no dogs were allowed. In order to keep this Chihuahua quiet, its owner affixed a bark collar around Chu Chu’s Neck.

One evening, Chu Chu was curled up next to the fireplace, cozy, warm, and sleeping as sound as a baby, when suddenly the telephone rang and the vibration of the buzzing sound activated the bark collar. A sudden electrical shock traveled right into the dog’s throat. Before that moment, Chu Chu had never been much of a barking dog, however, the surprise feeling of the voltage caused him to go into a panic.

The dog’s screams continued to activate the bark collar as he ran from room to room in a scared frenzy. He literally rammed into wall after wall in his frantic attempts to escape this strange monster that was attacking his throat. He finally plunged himself through a glass window and unfortunately, Chu Chu’s owner had them living on the top floor of the apartment complex, causing the little guy to plunge to his death.

If You Truly Love Your Dog, Train Him, Don’t Punish Him

Forget about bark collars or any other dog training devices that inflict pain and surprise on your pet. Instead, simply set aside 4 to 5 days of your time to properly instruct your dog with good manners. Think of your pet is your child and give him the best attention you have to offer.

By using proper barking prevention techniques, you will teach your dog to stop barking for no apparent reason, while at the same time maintaining his protective prowess. He will still bark to let you know that an intruder is on your property, but he will not bark for the sheer joy of hearing his own noise.

After about five days of proper schooling, he will respond to your verbal commands, know when to bark, and of course, know when to keep quiet, all without having to resort to shocking and painful bark collars.

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How To Trick Your Dog Into Being Quiet (Alternative Methods)

Gemma | July 18th, 2006
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When beginning your anti-bark campaign, it must be remembered that dogs learn by associating their actions with either pleasing or displeasing results. It takes approximately one week for the average dog to learn an average thing.

The solution to the problem when creating the trick your dog into thinking you are home plan with so much realism that your pet actually believes you have left the area.

Dogs are like children. For example, a classroom full of a 8-old kids would most likely be on their absolute best behavior if they knew for a fact that their teacher was just outside the door in the hallway. Think back, don’t you remember breaking loose and goofing off with the rest of the children in your classroom when you knew the teacher went into another classroom down the hall? Yes, your dog has the same type of mentality.

Other Methods Of Being There While Not Actually Being There

I have known some dog owners that recorded their voice into a tape recorder. Periodically, the recording on the tape would say loudly STOP or KNOCK IT OFF. Of course the timing of these shouting commands could be way off and this is certainly not a recommended procedure, with the reasons being quite obvious.

Your dog may not be doing anything wrong when he hears these commands on tape. He may be asleep or actually just hanging around, being a good dog. Although this may work if your dog is known for constant bad behavior, he could eventually learn to ignore these commands altogether and when you are at home, he will still consider your commands to be meaningless, like a game, just like the tape recording game you dog has gotten used to.

Thinking Outside The Box

One dog owner was never really successful in being able to sneak back into the house without being seen or heard from his dog. So finally, one sunny morning, the owner had called a friend who lived about a half mile away. On the telephone he said, I’m coming over but please do not hang up the phone, I’ll explain in just a minute. The owner did not hang up his phone either, instead he placed the receiver on top of the window sill.

He went to the back yard, gave his dog a loving pat on the head, and said I’ll be back later buddy. He then got in his car and drove over to his friends house. He then picked up his friend’s phone and sat listening for almost 30 minutes before the dog was finally convinced that he was gone.

Soon after, guess what happened he started barking excessively! The owner then rushed in his car and drove home in less than a minute. He stormed into the backyard and immediately surprised his dog with loud shouting commands and a squirt gun. After about four of these surprise visits, his dog finally got the message and the barking had stopped.

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How To Trick Your Dog Into Being Quiet (Setting Up The Plan)

Gemma | July 15th, 2006
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It has been said that a trained dog has the intellect of a child in the age group of between three and seven years old. At first glance this may seem commendable, but when one stops to think about it, that intellect is not really advantageous under all circumstances.

An intelligent dog knows whether his owner is on the premises or not. Therefore, he knows whether his adverse behavior can be corrected or whether it will go unnoticed. No matter how well trained a dog is, he has a mind that is capable of experiencing loneliness, jealousy, elation, worry, fear, boredom, and many other emotions that we fail to realize.

Your dog may be the epitome of good behavior as long as he knows that you are around to respond when he does bad things. But to the intelligent dog who takes your absence as freedom to misbehave, you must make a new revelation, and that is that from now on you will be home, even if you are not there!

How, you might be asking, ‘Can I always be home, when I’m not?

The solution is really quite simple but putting it into practice can be a little complicated. The secret lies in making your dog believe that you are gone from the house. This is best accomplished by setting up the situation. Take a drive in your car, out of sight from your house, then park at the curb nearby, get out, and quietly walk back to your home.

In staging the scene, care must be given to never underestimate the intelligence of your dog. If you do, he just might turn the tables on you and perceive the entire thing is a new game that you are playing, all for his enjoyment.

Also, when you typically leave the house by way of your vehicle, don’t try to fool your dog by setting up this situation by just closing the front door and pretending to be gone. He is much too smart for that. Your dog will have to hear the usual start of your car’s engine and the sound of the vehicle fading away as it drives out of distance. By doing this, your dog will absolutely believe that you are gone.

When you sneak back to your house, be sure not to inadvertently alarm your dog by rattling your keys or making heavy footstep sounds. A dog’s ability to hear is far superior to mankind’s and he will know that the gig is up, and that you are actually home.

The Trap

If your dog is a backyard dog, and you have managed to sneak quietly into your house unnoticed, sit back, relax and wait. The instant he starts to bark, you should emerge from your house with a water gun, your tin cans, or even water-filled balloons to toss nearby. This entire scene is be repeated as many times as necessary to get the point across that, although he hears and believes you are gone, you’re really just one bark away.

If your dog is a house dog, all of the members of the family should join in the staging of the schooling. In other words, everyone should leave the house together and walk toward the car. One member of the family should remain on the front porch (out of site), while the rest of you drive away. At the first bark from your dog, a family member who stayed behind on the front porch should be the one to burst through the door like a wild bull, give off a loud shout command, and accompany this with your weapon of choice: a squirt gun or a set of tin cans.

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How To Use Tin Cups To Quiet Your Dog

Gemma | July 11th, 2006
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The fastest and most efficient way to train your dog to stop barking excessively is by using two methods. One method is by using a squirt gun, of which we discussed a simple 3-step training plan previously, and the second is called the Tin Can Method.

When it comes to the Water Gun Method, it may not work because some dogs thoroughly enjoy being squirted with water. The enjoyment or humiliation of that treatment isn’t determined by the particular breed as one might at first suppose. Rather, it is determined by the individuality of the dog; that particular dog’s personality. Thus, a Water Spaniel may enjoy the water gun game, while another Water Spaniel next door would consider it humiliating.

Training With Loud Noises Instead Of Water

For the dog who enjoys the antics with the water gun, an alternative method must be selected, while continuing to keep in mind that dogs learn by associating their actions with pleasing or displeasing results.

One such alternate method which has proved successful is that of using tin cans tied together on a string. All you need is about four or five tin cans, a touch of sneakiness, and an accurate throwing arm. And for extra measure, throw a few pebbles inside the cans to add some additional shock to your dog’s ears.

Most dogs absolutely hate loud noises. The procedure for using the cans is the same as the water gun. When you hear your dog barking for no reason at all, the cans should be thrown as near to him as possible without actually striking the animal. Remember, it is the noise that will do the job, not hitting or physically harming your dog.

As soon as the cans land near your dog, you should immediately give a loud shouting command such as STOP or NO. Within a few days, your dog will then respond to your shouting command by immediately stopping his barking as opposed to needing the experience of loud noise from the tin cans.

Using this method, your dog will discover right at the beginning that there is no reason to go through the catch me if you can routine. He will discover that the noise from the tin cans will locate him wherever he may go.

Prepare Ahead Of Time

Since it won’t take long for the intelligent dog to discover that once you have launched your ammunition, you are powerless to repeat the operation without walking to where your cans landed in order to reload for your next mission. So it would be to your advantage to have several sets of cans ready for immediate use.

Think Outside The Box

A kennel operator who wasn’t too happy about the prospect of going downstairs and out into the yard to scare his barking dogs, purchased a package of balloons. He carefully filled each with water impact his ammunition next to the upstairs window. By the second night he had the quietest kennel in town! His aim was so precise and the barking dogs never knew from where the water filled balloons came. What they did know is that one bark and the sky was raining water filled balloons.

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How To Use A Water Gun To Quiet Your Dog

Gemma | July 8th, 2006
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If your dog is an excessive barker and literally keeping you and the neighbors up at night, you have the responsibility to take a little time and properly communicate to your dog that it is not okay to bark for no apparent reason. The key to such communication and effective dog training lies within a few simple techniques, one of which we will touch up on below.

The Water Gun Method

The water gun method is the most effective trick for training a large percentage of dogs. It is the easiest, and the most humane way of getting your point across. For an investment of just the few dollars, combined with a little imagination and some water, there can be quiet for you, peace or your neighbors, and a calm demeanor for your dog.

Remembering that dogs learn by associating their actions with pleasing or displeasing results, resolve to give your dog at least six to seven days of proper training for his excessive barking. In cases of these types of barking problems, it really does take about a week for your dog to get the point.

When your dog is guilty of excessive barking, calmly take your water gun and with a big smile on your face go to him and give him a shot right between the eyes, while at the same time giving loud verbal command such as NO or OUT.

Without saying another word, go back into the house and be ready to repeat this lesson. From now on your goal is to be consistent and have the attitude that whenever your dog barks, he is really asking you to come out and give him a squirt of water! These three simple steps is all you need to remember whenever your dog is barking for no reason:

1. Give one sudden squirt.
2. Shout a verbal command.
3. Repeat whenever you hear barking.

Do Not Underestimate Your Dog’s Intelligence

If you do not think that this simple method works, give it a few days. I guarantee that you will hear less and less excessive barking coming from your dog. Before you know it, he will come to the conclusion that you just don’t understand dog talk at all, and he will not want to continue being squirted in the face. Your dog is an intelligent creature that responds to repetition. In under a week, he will decide that he doesn’t like your little game and the barking will stop.

Your dog will understand that the best way to avoid being squirted from your silly water gun is to keep his mouth quiet. After five to six days of proper training in this regard, if your dog happens to forget his barking lesson, all it should take to put him back in place is to give the same shout command which accompanied the water gun sprays. However, no squirting will be necessary, as he will relate the shouting command to the feel of being squirted with water, and the barking will stop.

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How To Stop Inappropriate Barking In Less Than 7 Days

Gemma | July 5th, 2006
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Every day, all over the world, dog owners are making the mistake of supporting their dogs behavior problems, such as excessive barking, and then punishing the animal for its actions.

Excessive barkers are created, not born. And as you know, loneliness and the need for attention are the most common causes of such behavior problems. The secondary cause of excessive barking his simple misunderstanding. In other words, a dog is practicing a particular action because he thinks that what he is doing is what is expected.

Regardless of the cause, or the motivator, a barking dog must be quieted. You may have heard on the news recently about a woman who threw boiling water on her neighbor’s dog that would not stop barking at night. Other dogs have been reported to have been shot with BB guns, yelled at by angry neighbors, turned in to the police, kidnapped, and worse yet, even beaten up and killed.

Everyone Is To Blame

The previous examples of what angry people will do to a neighborhood dog that barks constantly could definitely be described as inhumane, to say the least, but if you think about it, whose actions are inhumane? Is it the dog’s action because of its incessant barking? The angry neighbor, by way of his tortures? How about the dog’s owner, who does nothing and seems oblivious to the problem at hand?

Most responsible dog owners have the desire to quiet down there excessive barking dogs. While they do not want to squash that natural protective instinct that a dog has (who wants a silent dog when the house is getting robbed?), at the same time you do want your family dog to understand when to bark and went to be quiet.

Your Dog Can Learn

Did you know that it takes less than a week (on average) for a dog to learn a basic principle? In this small time frame anyone with the desire and patience can teach their dog that excessive barking is definitely an inappropriate behavior. You can make your dog understand that there are some occasions when barking is permissible, but that it must be turned off when given the proper command.

The secret weapon to getting this point across to an excessive barking dog is by communication. Communication simply means finding a way that your dog can understand exactly what your desires are. When we communicate to another person, we just say the words we mean and it is automatically understood, but with a dog you must resort to methods which are backed by action.

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Are You Supporting Your Dog’s Barking Without Even Knowing?

Gemma | July 3rd, 2006
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Dogs that have a problem with excessive barking and constant whining are not displaying bad behavior as most dog owners unjustly assume. Instead, these dogs are just reaching out for some attention. Excessive barking is simply an issue that has to do with loneliness. In fact, loneliness is typically the number one reason why a dog will resort to behavior problems.

If the motivator is loneliness, then you have to understand that the only form of expression a dog has is to bark. And when he barks, it is attention in which the animal is seeking. It does not matter what kind of attention he gets. Dogs were never very adept to understanding the human language anyhow!

Discipline Gone Wrong

Now if you resort to paddling your dog’s backside in the attempt to fix the barking issue, the only real accomplishment that the dog would learn is to stay out of reach the next time around. And of course, there will be a next time, as soon as the lights are turned off, or when your bedroom door is shut, if the dog is left in the backyard alone, etc.

Another mistake dog owners make is by supporting the very barking behavior in which they are trying to stop in the first place. For example, what if your dog is in the backyard and barking wildly at night, what do you do? Most dog owners, reaching their boiling point with frustration, would pull the dog into the house so that the neighbors do not complain and can get some sleep. However, although such action may be deemed commendable by your thankful neighbors, taking the dog inside will only perpetuate the problem.

In fact, you can guarantee a repeat performance tomorrow night, and every night thereafter, so long as the dog barks, an you come outside and provide attention by bringing him inside the house. And the one thing you can guarantee is that your dog will learn that, by barking, you will show up and give him attention!

Dog’s Learn By Associating Their Actions With A Pleasing Or A Displeasing Result

Many dog owners unwittingly create and instigate certain bad habits that their pets have developed, such as excessive barking problems. For example, one extreme case in point is a man who would put a bowl of food in front of his dog every time it barked. Her reasoning for this action was My dog can’t bark and be a problem if something is in his mouth. As you can guess, this repeated action only confirmed in her dog’s mind that barking is a good thing and that tasty treats are the result.

Another example is the family that decided to finally get a dog that the kids have been wanting for years. Instead of buying a young puppy, they decided to adopt an adult dog from the local Humane Society. As soon as the new dog was on the front lawn, a stranger walked by the house and the dog began to bark incessantly.

Of course Dad was elated at how his new dog was such a wonderful guard dog so he showered the animal with kisses and affection. Needless to say, their new family protector was instantly taught that barking was good and that he should bark excessively at anything that moves within visual distance. In time, these dogs’ acts of courage turn into acts of nuisance to everyone in the neighborhood.

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