|01-13-2014 06:17 PM|
|01-13-2014 06:08 PM|
My 4 yo does a great bark and hold on trees - a little dirty but the barking is consistent. Generally, birds up there.
Long line does wonders in giving you the ability to have some control in the situation. (Caution - long lines can cause rope burn; long lines can get hung up; dog will learn the length of the long line etc.)
I suspect that when summer comes and you spend more time outside, your dog will be happier out there. There've been some pretty big changes recently...
|01-13-2014 05:30 PM|
I reckon that the first time he saw the tree there was something in it (like a squirrel, bird)
Now he is paranoid that something is up there and will keep barking.
Next time you go out there make a distraction. Stuff a kong or do some obedience training with really yummy treats to distract her. You will be teaching her that doing something else with you is much more fun then barking at a tree.
|01-13-2014 05:08 PM|
So what happens if you follow him outside? Does he still go to the tree? Him taking off running like it's a game kind of tells me it may be an attention thing. He wants to interact with you. Maybe when you don't follow him out, he goes to the tree because he knows you will be out to get him shortly if he's persistant. Have you just let him go until he stops barking at the tree?
|01-13-2014 05:00 PM|
Lol im sorry the title of the thread made me laugh! But yes desensitize- bounce a ball off the tree, put treats on the tree heck maybe hug the tree and show the dog the tree's harmless. Although your new neighbors may think your :S lol.
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|01-13-2014 04:50 PM|
|Galathiel||I agree with trying to desensitize. I would keep a long line on him for now when he's out so he always have to 'come' when called.|
|01-13-2014 03:59 PM|
|reagansmom||We've had the fence up for about 3 months now and his reluctance to be out there by himself has been growing pretty much that whole time. At first I was thinking that for whatever reason, he was just much more interested in playing with us than he had been before. This issue with the tree only came about in the last 2-3 weeks or so and has gotten progressively worse. I stopped using the e-collar when he does it, because I think that was making things worse. I will try doing some treat-based training around the tree tonight or tomorrow and see how that works. Thanks for the advice!|
|01-13-2014 03:04 PM|
|angierose||If he's reluctant to go out on his own, it sounds like something scared or hurt him or something. Raccoon, squirrel, cat, something. I would try to change his association with the tree to something positive. Maybe do tricks and commands for treats near it, toss his toys around the base, whatever. Keep him on a leash so if he decides it's barky time, it's also inside time. How long has this been going on?|
|01-13-2014 02:57 PM|
|01-13-2014 02:50 PM|
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