How do you say "quiet please!!" in dog?
September 24, 2007 9:51 AM Subscribe
One of my dogs won't shut up. He was fairly quiet when we adopted him about 8 months ago after prior owners surrendered him, but several months of apartment living have encouraged him to bark every time someone walks outside, above, near, in, or around our apartment. He has such a high pitched, loud, piercingly painful bark, that I can't believe our neighbors haven't shot him, had him taken away, or even complained to us. Sometimes I can hear him barking from almost a block away, but I DON'T have reason to suspect he sits and barks all day when home alone.
posted by bunnycup to pets & animals (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
He's about 3 years old, an oversized miniature pinscher (more like a medium pinscher), unaltered (for now; we have unexcusably procrastinated despite firm committment to the health and propriety of spay/neuter). He's VERY high strung.
I am at a loss as to how to train a dog not to bark - I am adamantly opposed to both shock and citronella bark collars. Advice available online seems focused on selling a particular dog training dvd, method or trainer. I've had success training him at basic commands (sit, stay, heel, lie down, etc.), although he is remarkably stubborn. While he's barking, if I tell him to shut up ("no bark!"), he will, but I'm more interested in overall lowering his bark trigger, so that he doesn't START barking. But, the triggers that set him barking are more often than not inaudible to me (so I can't soothe or shush him before he starts to bark).
We have another, very much smaller but dominant, dog in the house. She does not frequently bark, and tends to use an "inside voice" when she barks to communicate her needs ("help me up on the couch!" or "feed me now please!" etc.).