Mar 13, 2008, 9:23 PM
Post #4 of 25
avoid the bark collar. useless for some dogs and also won't last. dogs will get use to the smell really quickly.
Re: [Namen] Barking in the morning and evening. *sigh*
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as for coke, it might work, or it might backfire. what happens when it backfires? people will see your dog is afraid of this, and this method can be used to startle your dog enough that an intruder can do almost anything. Another thing that might occur is your dog will be chicken to any startling sound which is something u want to avoid. you might lower his confidence and chances are he'll be barking even more because he might feel threatened by every little sound.
from your description it seems that he might have learnt that when he wants YOU, all he has to do is bark. so what you need to do is change this thinking. alternatively, instead of startling, you can try the muffler method.
first time bark, vocal warning. second time bark, give visual and vocal warning. Third time, muffle him. this will take a little of your commitment to have him learn. When he is barking at the right thing, don't allow him to OVERDO it either. To a certain extent, call him back and divert his attention. This is because you want him to learn to bark at the right reasons too. What you want right now is NOT stop his barking, but direct it at the right reason.
as mentioned by amber, yes you have to be firm. but there are many methods out there to teach your dog and you just have to find the best. some might work on one dog, doesn't mean it'll work on others. try alternatives and find what's best for you. don't compromise your dog's well being for a simple method. Good Luck