11-11-2013 09:14 AM
I Have a 4 year old Great Pyrenees, Moby. He is afraid of his own shadow but when he is outside he constantly barks at our neighbors deck. (we have a wood privacy fence but they have a high deck so we can always see them. They go in & out all day smoking & do not work so are home 24 hrs a day) It doesn't matter if there is anyone out there or not, Moby still barks...That is his breed plus he is a dog! We also have Harvey another pyrenees, he is 2yrs. Harvey is starting to copy Moby & bark alot more. Chester is our youngest he is an English golden retriever, 11 months. He just sits there and wags his tail hoping they will acknowledge him! They are obviously not dog people..All they do is yell at Moby &Harvey to be quiet. That only makes things worse! Common sense!! Ugh. We recently got new neighbors that are unbelievably horrible. They are complaining about Moby, threatening to call the police etc. We have lived in our home over 10 yrs and never had one complaint. We purchased a citronella spray collar which did nothing. We purchased a very highly recommended Shock collar which I swore I would never get but we are doing everything we can. The collar has helped some. Also have tried natural calming treats. These new loser neighbors are getting expensive. Does anyone know of any other products out there that work? I don't want to keep him on valium. He has a right to be out in his yard, bark & play. Any suggestions? New products? I have seem Clomicalm, Rescue Remedy spray etc. Anyone know if these work? This is getting expensive? Thanks!
01-08-2014 08:24 PM
This is a difficult one to solve. Personally I think shock collars are counter productive as they cause stress to your dog.
I can recommend a book called Barking a Language available on Amazon. She is an internationally known behaviourist. I have a couple of her other books. Her methods do work.
My George hardly barks at all now. He used to bark at everything that moved. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, you will get results.
04-06-2014 03:26 PM
Hi...I know this isn't my thread about barking dogs but just wanted to say thanks for posting the info about the book. I have added it to my amazon wish list so if my husband gets really really tired of our dogs barking he can purchase the book!!! LOL. Not sure if I am even posting this in the right area since I am new to this site. Thanks AzureSky
01-08-2014 08:28 PM
Your neighbour's threats to call the police should not get you into trouble. If the dogs aren't barking at night I doubt if the neighbours have a case. Your dogs are entitled to defend your property.
However, I think the book I recommended will help.
02-04-2014 04:36 PM
"That is his breed plus he is a dog"
I am sorry but if that is how you feel YOU are the loser.
1) I have 3 dogs and when/if my dog starts to bark I immediately react. Because although they are dogs, they are my dogs and I expect them to behave and listen. I am not on a pedestal preaching as my dogs do bark but to call your neighbors loser and say that your dog should be allowed to bark whenever because of that, well I hope you get stuck in an elevator with several screaming babies...Because after all they are just babies and that his their nature
I moved into my home and after a few years I had new neighbors on both sides of me. One had a pit bull and a larger dog (maybe a doberman mixed) The larger dog was friendly but kept jumping the fence to play with my kids. He even left a huge scratch on my son (In play not aggression) However he escaped all the time. The pitbull (Which I am not saying anything against pitbulls just that was what he was)....Lived at the corner of their yard and mine right under my bedroom window and by that I mean if he was outside he barked non stop at my house. It did not matter if we were outside He barked, he barked when my kids and I played in the backyard. He barked when we came home. I always worried he would learn how to jump the fence like his "roomate". So I complained to animal control as the neighbors did nothing about the dog barking or the one that jumped fence.
The neighbors on my other side had 3 small dogs that did nothing but bark when we were in the yard, playing or weed eating or swimming in our pool...We even ended up getting a 6 foot fence because one of their dogs kept jumping the fence to attack out dogs.
I am a pet sitter as well as a dog lover but let me tell you it is not the neighbors that are getting expensive it is you (the owner)...Dogs bark to communicate, fear anxiety anger. YOU have to become their "Pack leader" and take control of the situation and not just every now and again it takes alot of effort to get a dog to stop a behavior he has always been allowed to do. It is the owner that has to be trained to not allow it. All those other products are just products for the mfg to make money, Best tried and true method is to make sure your dog know that this is unacceptable behavior not with violence but with a stern voice letting him know you are in charge.
Ok sorry if this is nasty but it is really the owners that cause bad behaviors in dogs, Dogs are not born bad they are taught (or not taught at all)
02-04-2014 04:38 PM
Let's try to give constructive feedback and stay on a positive note everyone - remember, we are all here because we love our pets!
(Retired) Community Engagement Manager, Pet360
09-01-2014 12:48 PM
We got our second dog, Zoe, a Chihuahua-Maltese at seven months ols as a rescue. She barks at EVERYTHING once outside. Stern lectures do NOT help. Standing between her and her object of barking do NOT help.She will quite literally, bark at a rabbit 300 yards away. We don't want to drug her, either. Our 16 year old dog. Toby, is all but deaf, and now only barks because Zoe barks. We have tried doggy day care (she sat on the person's lap all day) as well as doggie obedience school. She is driving us-and the neighbors-crazy. HELP! And DON'T repeat that she will follow the alpha dog; been there, done that.
04-06-2014 03:20 PM
Hi, my name is Sandra and I have barkers also. My husband hates it! I say let your dogs be dogs. They have a right to bark and as long as it isn't 10pm or later then I don't think they can do anything about your dogs barking. If they are outside dogs and are consistently barking then that might be another issue. I had a dog that was afraid of thunder and used rescue remedy. It is great and helped her a lot. Not much to offer but hope this helps. Sandra
04-27-2014 02:15 AM
Ugh I can't believe I'm writing this, it's horrible but effective. My uncle has a large ranch here in california. He has 4 working dogs that help with the cattle, that are also pets and members of the family. He had a REALLY hard time with one of the queenslands/border collie mix barking all day and night. No joke ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT it was awful!! Due to the fact that this is a family owned ranch, we all were involved and activity took responsibilities there. The dang dog would not shut up. What happened was naturally living on a 4,500 care ranch there are coyote and mountain lions. The dogs were all safe but this did not stop her from letting us no that there was a coyote 5 miles away or further. The vet suggested musseling her at night for a couple of days. The vet believe it had simply become a habit, because he had seen her quite a few times to try to see if there was a med ok cal reason.
With that said I live in a neighborhood these days, and I cannot stand barking dogs I find it to be rude. Yes, dogs will be dogs and bark, but it is the owners responsibility to go out and put an end to it. If one of my dogs bark I'm out in the backyard right away to see first if there is a good reason for them to be barking, and second to tell them to knock it off.
On the note, depending on where you live you can be fined for your dogs barking and it quite a hefty ticket out here in california. It's desturbing the peace.it does not matter what time of the day or night it is, if they are constantly barking its considered a neusense. Yes, dogs will be dogs and they should enjoy their backyard, but what about the rest of the neighborhood that can't enjoy their backyard, house, or a good annoying free nights rest?
A young family in the county I live in were actually suede because there dog was barking so much. The people across the street actually moved, and that young family had to pay for their moving expenses as well as the decrease in their homes value because that was the reason they moved, there for the new or potential owners have to be informed of this problem. It's just like leaky pipes here folks. If it's a pain, your going to pay for it.
So in a nut shell, try anything you can get your hands on or any tips because it hasn't even begun to be expensive if your neighbors get to angry.