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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I'm out of ideas!

Hi all,
My 4.5 year old male has only one annoying habit albeit a big one. He will not stop barking at things on TV. Whether it's another dog, or the Pillsbury dough boy, it matters not. Something, no matter how random, just sets him off. It's to the point I don't have the TV on very often. I want to take back control, but I'm out of ideas. I've tried keeping him out of the room (which I don't like), keeping him on a short leash and correct him when he starts barking, and praise him when he's quiet when the TV is on. I'm out of ideas, but I need to solve this since it is now impacting the quality of our lives. Any suggestions? Thank you!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 08:50 PM
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Crate him without a view on the TV set, watch TV in another room, put him in your car.
Dogs easily learn his pattern: no attention? bark, be good and cash in the reward.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 09:05 PM
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Are there certain tones or images that do it? I would be willing to bet there is a pattern there that is not immediately evident.

I have a tv barker - it's clearly animals with him - elephant, raccoon (he now can hear the lady in the Sears commercial for eye glasses and come in from another room barking) but with that example you can see how keyed in he is to it, and your dog may be too.

Manners minder? Worth a try. Train Good Behavior at the Door | Videos | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS whoops it's called the Treat and Train now: Treat & Train Remote Reward Dog Trainer | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS You can do similar with other methods. There's videos and cheaper places to order.

But I would keep a little notebook and write down the ones that bother him and then the next step is to figure out is it the - teeeheee the doughboy - the eyes of the doughboy staring or what is it? I had another dog who watched a training a puppy video, and whenever an adult dog was near the puppy, he would bark. He also didn't like anyone who was on TV in a close up who didn't blink - I'd hear him growl and then start to watch for a blink and he was really accurate on normal blink rates!

Yeah, I know it's easier to suppress, but I like to know more and then go from there and really have fun with some relationship building, non-aversive methods to change the one behavior that you want to change - that's a nice problem to have and you may as well enjoy it!





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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2014, 10:57 PM
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In the spirit of Christmas... Maybe you should find a squeaky Pillsbury doughboy for him as a Christmas present! Ok, no but I had to chuckle at that. Sorry... Kind of. I can't stop laughing because I'm picturing the dough boy turning into the giant marshmallow puff thing on Ghostbusters and the dog losing it. Ok, I really am sorry to joke when you're having a problem. I wish I could help... I don't have a tv barker though. Please, share when you find a solution that works. I'm sure you aren't the first and won't be the last!

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