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Irritating Barking .... Driving Us CRAZY!!!!

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!

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Comment by Jo Bill on March 25, 2014 at 9:35pm

Sorry I haven't updated on this "situation".  I haven't tried the coins....I did that when Gizmo was younger and it really didn't affect him after he learned it wasn't going to hurt him.  I have been turning the collar on so the citronella can be smelled and show it to both dogs when they bark or are going to bark.  It works pretty good on Gizmo most of the time.  I can get him to sit by the couch when Chad & the kids come home.  He doesn't bark, but he does make little noises.  Then once he sees them, it's all over BUT he doesn't bark.  He wiggles all over them, then picks up a toy or something an growls and talks with it in his mouth.  Mojo will stop barking if I show the collar to him and ask "Do you want to wear the collar?"  Then he sits on Terry's lap and glares at me.  LOL

I do occasionally put the collar on one of them if they just won't stop.  They don't have to wear it long, but it calms them down right away.  Sometimes it goes off when they haven't made a noise.  I'm not sure why, but they know it creates that smell so when I show it to them at other times, they KNOW!

So ... our house isn't totally bark free, but it's a lot better than it was.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 24, 2014 at 2:27pm

good afternoon, Jo     is anything working??    Love to read an update.

 

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 17, 2014 at 1:30pm

There is a remote control citronella collar. I've never used it, I just have the regular one that works great!  I've haven't had any success with the can of coins but loud noises don't bother Picco.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 17, 2014 at 2:25am

Any luck on Sunday, Jo??

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on March 16, 2014 at 9:01am
Can't contribute much though both Pedro and his Uncle Mateo (@ his own house) are barkers... I have to admit that Pedro barks to get me to do stuff for him (i.e., fill up his Kong) and I do it, I think I might try the can of coins... Only other concern that I'd have about Mojo is whether he's barking out of anxiety in which case you may want to address that? In any case, wishing you good luck and sending loving paws!
Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 16, 2014 at 2:07am

a can with coins will make enough noise to distract the dog. Small used coffee container with nickels inside makes more noise than a bark.  BE CONSISTANT, JO.    Quietly teaching them a command.  "sush' almost in a whisper.  I put my finger to lips and can use either command.   (if you become upset they will become hipper as shown in Gizmo.)

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on March 15, 2014 at 8:19pm
The can of coins has worked so well for me, I used it to train them to stay back when I answer the front door too. I rarely have to even shake it now.
Comment by Isabelle Seiler on March 15, 2014 at 5:35pm

I have learned the one thing not to do is yell. Zeke will still bark for no apparent reason and if we yell or talk loud he continues to bark. If we just go Hey and have him come sit or stand by us he calms down very quickly. Of course, when he does stop barking we praise, praise, praise him. If you stay calm, there is no tension that keeps them excited

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 15, 2014 at 7:01am

In case Laurie doesn't see your question - put coins in a can and seal tightly.  When the dog barks, shake the can.  It is a way of distracting them from whatever they were barking about.  When they stop barking, tell them what a good dog they are, and perhaps follow up with a treat.

Comment by Rose on March 15, 2014 at 12:42am

Excuse my ignorance, but what does the can of coins do, how is it used?

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