Suffering from constantly barking dogs, that the neighbours can't control, here are a few tips for silence.
The neighbours Great Dane, a beautiful dog, has a barking problem. He barks at nothing, for no reason, an irritation to all in the neighbourhood. What can one do? There are legal steps available to the disturbed, but is this the way to build good relationships? I didn't think so.
When the owners are at home, the dog is quite, it barks at passing dogs and pedestrians, but this is a protective instinct. Dogs trained to behave in such a protective way, but when they leave for work the dog will bark at nothing. Made be it is loneliness, or calling for his owners. This continued for anything from an hour to two hours, something required doing, but what?
A search on the Internet offered up a realistic looking bird house fitted with a silent whistle reputed to silent the dog. Every time the dog barks a silent whistle emitted, the dog hearing it, stops barking the instructions informed me. The price exorbitant at R 900.00, about $ 130.00, what if this purchased, only encouraged the dog? As it was this dog would pucker up its lips as if about to kiss something, and offer a low-pitched hoot like that of a teenager having lost his first love. This sound being worst than the barking I was not about to take a chance on irritating things further. So that option discarded.
Whilst researching for ideas, I read of clicker training, also I had book marked a few articles written by expert authors about this type. We looked for a clicker, none available, so decided to roll up a news paper and hit the leg whilst talking to the dog. The result of this, pain experienced by me and the dog appeared to enjoy the attention. Raising my voice with authority had a fair result, even to silence, but the minute my back turned and I entered the house, he'd start again.
My son-in-law, who has a well-trained Labrador decided to try water training, the hose pipe attached to a nearby faucet and a sprayer attached to the other end, and he was ready. The dog decided to now stop barking before any training could take place. A short respite was soon followed by a deluge of deep barks, out he flew and hidden behind a wall waited for the dog to bark again. When it happened he sprang up and sprayed, the water pressure fairly good was insufficient for the water to reach the dog.
The result though was the desired one, the dog stopped barking, not because he got wet, but he became fascinated with the jet of water directed at him. When he stopped the water followed suit, and when he resumed the water jet reactivated. This went on for a while and I think the dog was intelligent enough to realise that we wanted to give him a message. He is now a quiet dog, barking when he should and not at nothing.
He is actually a wonderful, loveable dog that is fairly obedient, that just gets lonely when left at home alone.
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