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March 10, 2011 12:29 PM Subscribe
How can we keep our dogs from barking at everything they see beyond our fence? Getting an opaque fence will surely help, at least in the short term, but we really need to address the root behavior. Are anti-bark collars an effective, humane option?
posted by thinkingwoman to Pets & Animals (16 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We have some serious barky dogs (a Basset and a mutt, aged 4 and 3) that we have got to teach to be quiet.
What was once an annoyance has become an imperative as the new neighbor runs an in-home daycare for developmentally disabled adults and our dogs are traumatizing the crap out of them. (It wasn't a problem this winter, because nobody was outside much, but now that the weather it's better, it's pandemonium.) The dogs bark at EVERYTHING--other dogs, birds, woodland critters, people across the creek, the stray cats in the woods, plastic bags dancing in the breeze. Not only does it scare the neighbors, it's pretty annoying for us, too, because we don't get any peace, either.
I'm sure a big part of the problem is that they feed off of each other--one starts barking, then the other one goes, and it just escalates. Spray bottles work okay in the house, but it's not always practical to supervise them outside. I like the principle of the anti-bark collar--it will reinforce good behavior/correct bad behavior when we're not around--but I don't know how effective or humane they are.
Does anyone have any ideas? We would love to be able to leave the dogs outside while we're at work so they can run around (our house is TINY) but obviously the barking has got to stop before we can do that.