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Houston .... we have a problem! Since Mojo has come to live with us, we are bombarded by unnecessary, irritating, and incessant barking!!!! Mojo will bark at anything and everything .... things only he can see or hear. Of course, when Mojo barks, Gizmo thinks he needs to take over and get "it" ... whatever "it" is. Afterall, this is His home and it's His job to protect it against "its". (He told me this himself, so I know that's how he feels).
Our first problem is that Mojo is afraid of any collar other than his own nylon one. This is because our son & his wife tried an invisible fence collar on him several years ago, but didn't train him with it properly. So he became terrified by it. So, any collar with prongs or weight to it scares him. It scares him so much he will hide in a corner and shake uncontrollably.
We tried the Sonic Egg that emits an invisible tone only when the dog(s) bark because it wouldn't be ON him. HA! Both Gzmo & Mojo had an adverse reaction to it. Gizmo followed me around the house, literally GLUED to my side - he would only walk touching me and only when I moved. He would sit as close as he could to Terry in his chair and give the Egg evil looks. Mojo hid behind my chair and shook so badly we thought he was going to have a heart attack. It took him over an hour to calm down. We tried it twice in different rooms at different levels. We got the same result both times. Needless to say it went back to the store.
So, we got the spray bark collar which is so highly recommended. It does work .... somewhat. Mojo & Gizmo won't bark when it's on, but they also do not interact with anyone. Mojo even shakes with it on if he gets sprayed. Gizmo whined once and it sprayed him. We only bought one and have switched it from dog to dog depending on which one we thought was going to bark when Chad came home. If they are not wearing it and we pick it up to put on them, they run. Smart doggies that they are. They can't wear it all the time cuz they need to have their normal collar on to go outside and it sprays them when the tags jingle....and in Gizmo's case, he can't wear it AND the invisible fence collar at the same time.
Sigh! So THAT'S going back. Now I'm on the search for a citronella spray that I can spray when they bark. Of course, they will learn that if I don't have the spray bottle when they bark they are safe and as soon as I pick it up they aren't.
Any suggestions? We are tired of hollering NO BARK NO BARK NO BARK or ENOUGH or STOP IT or MOJO/GIZMO! ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!! Shoot me now!