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Old 06-07-2010, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help!!! Charlie is now about 5.5 months and BARKS at EVERYTHING!! He is a great driver, but when we are stopped at a light, a stop sign, anything...he goes crazy and barks with no sign of stopping. We have tried the "quiet" command, a pinch collar with a correction, and nothing helps. I feel like it is a fear based response on his part, but we don't know why? He has been very well socialized I feel and loves people once he meets them. I work at an office where I can bring him a couple times a week, and without fail every time someone walks up the stairs, Charlie goes crazy....barking and barking. He even breaks at children, which is awful....we are planning on starting a family soon and want to feel good about Charlie being around kids! I am so desperate for some advice....I don't want to have to resort to a barker breaker collar...but I feel like I am at my wits end! He's had 2 in home visits with dog trainers, and 1 puppy class and this is really his only issue. Any advice is appreciated!!
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Help!!! Charlie is now about 5.5 months and BARKS at EVERYTHING!! He is a great driver, but when we are stopped at a light, a stop sign, anything...he goes crazy and barks with no sign of stopping. We have tried the "quiet" command, a pinch collar with a correction, and nothing helps. I feel like it is a fear based response on his part, but we don't know why? He has been very well socialized I feel and loves people once he meets them. I work at an office where I can bring him a couple times a week, and without fail every time someone walks up the stairs, Charlie goes crazy....barking and barking. He even breaks at children, which is awful....we are planning on starting a family soon and want to feel good about Charlie being around kids! I am so desperate for some advice....I don't want to have to resort to a barker breaker collar...but I feel like I am at my wits end! He's had 2 in home visits with dog trainers, and 1 puppy class and this is really his only issue. Any advice is appreciated!!

ok, heres my advice, i have a barker, (see my sig line), get some pop cans rise them out, go to the dollar store and buy some marbles, put about 6 marbles in each can, tap the top closed, you`ll have to do this at home for now, when he starts barking for no reason throw the can at him, if he keeps it up throw the other cans, always say NO! or what ever command you use when you throw the can, he`ll think you lost your mind throwing things at him, but after a few times he`ll get the idea, this method also works for other negative behaviors, after awhile all you have to do is mention "Mr. can" or pick one up and he`ll stop
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Clicker and treats, with the Quiet command, worked for me. A prong collar just ramped her up but the clicker is a beautiful tool!
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ok, heres my advice, i have a barker, (see my sig line), get some pop cans rise them out, go to the dollar store and buy some marbles, put about 6 marbles in each can, tap the top closed, you`ll have to do this at home for now, when he starts barking for no reason throw the can at him, if he keeps it up throw the other cans, always say NO! or what ever command you use when you throw the can, he`ll think you lost your mind throwing things at him, but after a few times he`ll get the idea, this method also works for other negative behaviors, after awhile all you have to do is mention "Mr. can" or pick one up and he`ll stop
I am not an expert but could throwing cans at him possibly freak him out and cause him to have fear of balls or something?
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I thought you just shake the cans. Throwing them seems a little strange, but glad it works for the op.
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I am not an expert but could throwing cans at him possibly freak him out and cause him to have fear of balls or something?
no, this method comes from a retired military trainer, that has been doing this for 45 years, others on this board use the can method also, my 3 have a fear of the can, nothing else
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I use the can/plastic bottle with stones or coins for a few things. Apache only has to see it and he immediately stops whatever he's doing, Kiya needs it rattled or thrown in her direction mostly for barking on the fence line. In the house when puppy gets too wild playing with Kiya or chasing the cats. I find it's much better than yelling "bla bla bla bla bla".
The element of suprise when thrown in thier direction is a quick "stop now" almost immediately for us.
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it does work really well for those "fence runners"
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Well...sometimes. What helps is when I walk to the fence, put myself between Kiya and the fence, then she walks away from the fence or I will take her by the collar. The neighbors are down to 1 dog and he's pretty good he doesnt run the fence.
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Shaking the can with the marbles I have heard of; not throwing at the dog.

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