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Initial post: 31 Jul 2012 20:30:35 BDT
Tia says:
I have two pugs and I love them a lot, but they bark constantly and it drives me mad. I have to keep the blinds closed as they hate it when something goes by the window, and they just sit on the sofa and bark.

I have tried shooing them out of the room until they calm down but they just start again immediately when they get back in. They are very friendly to both people and animals, but if they see an animal on TV it drives them wild too.

they are four year old sisters, and one of them is a nervous little creature (don't know if she was mistreated in her last home, but her sister is about as laid back as possible most of the time). I'm sick of having to close the blinds during the day, and would love to get some advice on how to tackle their barking.

Posted on 4 Aug 2012 15:26:53 BDT
Woodey says:
Hi Tia, I would highly recommend seeking help from your local dog listener. Your dogs are barking because they are alerting you of what they think is a threat, a dog listener will be able to teach you more about how to understand your dogs and how to deal with these situations appropriately. For more information about dog listeners go to

Posted on 8 Aug 2012 16:13:03 BDT
Lazy Kipper says:
Had a small pack of we sties like this (4). I found that not allowing them on the furniture was the best thing i ever did (I have always been an over-indulgent doggie-mother). It took a little while before they accepted it, as they had been allowed to sit on the back of the sofa or next to me all of their lives (youngest was 4, oldest 7), but in less time than I expected they accepted the situation (took about a week). Because they can't see who or what is going by, they don't react. They still go crackers when somebody comes to the door, though.

I would try this for a couple of months before you go to a behaviourist. They are expensive and while some are good, some are not. Having said that, if your pets are insured you may be able to claim the cost, but I think you'll find that the insurance only covers it if your dog is a threat to others.

I had the TV problem, too, but actually because they aren't as aware in general (not being able to look out of the window means that they aren't constantly on the alert), it happens less often , though I admit it does still happen.

Best of luck, anyway - having lived with the problem for many years myself, I know how infuriating and exhausting it is

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2012 21:35:44 BDT
Hi like the other lady said i paid over 180 for a so called dog listener to come out and she told me nothing i didn't already know... don't let the dogs on the sofa also a good safe control mechinism to use is a small toy water pistol and squirt them once across the nose when they start barking it snaps them out on the obsession and they do learn quickly xxx best of luck with it all

Posted on 10 Aug 2012 16:35:56 BDT
Sarah O says:
Water pistol/spray bottle is a great idea. It has the added bonus of making you feel just a bit better about the constant, head pounding, relentless yapping. Take that, you little noisy so n so!

Posted on 11 Aug 2012 15:39:55 BDT
Re Po says:
Hi I had a Huskie, and the dog trainer advised a spray bottle of water directed at the back of the mouth just when they go to bark makes them close the mouth and swallow instead.
In no time the huskie gave one woof to let me know someone at the door,but no more barking than that. A good tip that won,t harm.give it a try.

Posted on 11 Aug 2012 16:39:24 BDT
Scribe says:
Our beloved German Shepherd cross, Smudge, used to stand on the arm of the sofa and watch out of the window and go crazy at anyone who passed with a dog. We finally solved the problem by moving the sofa back about six inches so he couldn't reach the windowsill to look out. So I agree with others that if you stop the dogs getting on the sofa it should solve your problem (assuming they can't see out of the window from ground level :)

We lost our gorgeous Smudge two weeks ago - he took ill suddenly and died within hours despite the vet's best efforts. He was almost 14 and seemed in good health so it was a real shock. Needless to say, I would give anything to have him at the window barking now - the house is so miserable without him enjoy them while you can.

Posted on 11 Aug 2012 16:44:50 BDT
Scribe says:
Oh - the next problem will be keeping them off the sofa if they are used to getting up there - so my suggestion to begin with is to put something on there to physically prevent them from getting up. (We used the ironing board - flat but placed upside down - to keep the dogs off our 'good' sofa - they were allowed on the other one.
Another good idea since most dogs HATE balloons is to get 6-8 balloons depending on the length of the sofa and tie them together with string and sellotape at the ends so the balloon string goes right across the seating area. Our dogs wouldn't even attempt to get up when the balloons were there!

Posted on 12 Aug 2012 15:53:10 BDT
Tia says:
thanks for your answers! Unfortunately I don't feel that keeping them off of the sofa will do much. I love cuddling them, and they can also see out of the windows from the floor. They stand upright with their little bandy legs and they can see everything that goes by. =(
But I will see about getting the spray bottle for sure!
I am grateful for the comments, and I am sorry about Smudge. I lost my cat Midnight last year and I still miss her loads.

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 08:42:05 BDT
qashqai 57 says:
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Posted on 13 Aug 2012 09:39:36 BDT
Lenny says:
Tumbleweed moment...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Aug 2012 13:57:09 BDT
Sarah O says:
Someone told me to try that to stop my dog scratching up my new leather sofa. He spent a good 10 minutes being very wary of them, before he figured out he could swipe at them and pop them. Now I use throws to cover the scratched sofa :(

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2012 10:07:47 BDT
CTR says:
Buy a anti bark collar onw that uses vibration or beeps they come very neat not cruel,I have a young golden cocker it was driving me mad, this worked worked almost immediatly.put it on for short periods now not needed, paid 20 for it.

Posted on 14 Aug 2012 22:08:32 BDT
I picked up this tip from Dog Borstel off the TV. Works everytime and have shared this tip with friends. Put a small amount of gravel or a few small stones in a small plastic bottle. When my dog used to bark I would shake the bottle ONCE and say QUIET. The noise of the gravel is quite loud and it shocks them into looking at you and stops them barking. I call him over and give lots of praise and a treat. It also worked for me when my dog decided he was going to strat barking in the car. One short sharp shake of the bottle was enough to get his attention and to tell him QUIET. Please note do not keep shaking the bottle. Justg once to get the attention and then issue your command. good luck

Posted on 15 Aug 2012 08:27:10 BDT
The water bottle worked for me and my dog he was constantly barking when we went out walking so I just sprayed him a every time he barked think it took a couple of days but he doesn't bark no more.

Posted on 17 Aug 2012 11:32:40 BDT
Lenny says:

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 13:03:48 BDT
qashqai 57 says:
I got one and it works fine on my wife.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 13:23:31 BDT
Lenny says:

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 22:05:12 BDT
R. J. Mayo says:
I agree.

Although the youtube hits you'd get... 'Pug squirted in face'

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 15:14:42 BDT
Conki says:
I do this too. I have a plastic food tub with some pasta in it. One shake gets my yappy Yorkie's attention a firm QUIET and then lots of praise (a treat doesn't work with him - he is not a foodie!!) distracts him from the barking! Its great :)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 12:27:04 BDT
Chowgirl says:
Hi Tia,
I have a friend with three small dogs. They bark constantly. She has tried spraying with water. stones in a plastic bottle, even anti bark collar. Nothing works. Just makes them nervous of her.
I have two large breeds, they don't bark at all - they come to find me if the doorbell rings or if there is something they are unsure about or need me to investigate.
Sorry to have to say it but you have brought this on yourself - you say you love them and you want to cuddle them but they are DOGS. They do not appreciate this spoiling - they react to it because you are not in charge of your pack and you are to weak to dicipline them and they know it.
Best advice I can give like I told my friend is to take them out as much as you can, let them play with other dogs to learn how to behave, give them things to do to tire them mentally as well as physically. Your dogs are BORED.
Contented dogs do not need to bark at the slightest thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2012 12:47:55 BDT
T Christie says:
I recomend you to let them no they're not aloud to bark and soon enough they'll learn, but it's a good idea to give them rewards when they don't bark, e.g they're favourite toys, and when they do bark give them a time out.
hope it helps

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2012 10:17:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Sep 2012 10:18:30 BDT
LJ says:
With respect, you are making a lot of assumptions here that are impossible to know without personal knowledge of the owner and their particular dogs. Tia's dogs may be bored, but that equally may not be the case. Her dogs may be taking advantage of being spoiled, but again, that may not be the case.

Constantly barking dogs is an obedience problem and taking them to obedience/training just once a week will work wonders. Plenty of obedient dogs are receptive to cuddles (even large breeds like my own German Shepherd) without misbehaving or taking advantage of the situation. Once a week obedience sessions are not expensive, and result in better socialized and aware owners as well as their dogs!

I have seen plenty of problem dogs at obedience training over the years, and almost all of them overcame their problems, but the causes of their behavioural issues were often complex and diverse and not a consequence of one or two obvious factors like "too many cuddles" or something like that. Thankfully I am a well trained enough human not to use caustic, judgemental language like "you have brought this on yourself" when I have no real window into the other person's life.

Posted on 5 Sep 2012 19:40:25 BDT
lynnewivanee says:
I'd like to add my similar problem to Tia's. I have 2 terrier-type dogs and one of them will keep barking more than the other, he's very good and comes when I call him but if he sees a cat outside our fence, his hackles go up and he barks. This, unfortunately annoys my partner so much he's constantly saying 'bloody dogs' - he'd like the taxidermy idea! only joking.

Apart from this barking, they are lovely dogs, I get a lot of pleasure from them when they run like mad round the house (this too annoys my partner) but I think it's hilarious. I've got one of those sonic things and that definitely works but I have to keep pushing the button when they bark. Yes, water pistols work too and I've also got one of those buzzy collars and that works too but I don't like to leave it on when I'm out and they bark and howl then too.

We also have a cat who, if we're not standing near the dogs, gets chased the minute she sets foot in the garden. I want to socialize all three but need 2 other people to sit with them all in one room and teach them gradually, to get on. Do you think this would work? The cat's a wimp and doesn't stand up for herself and the dogs want to play and are constantly wagging their tails!

I feel that if we put some sort of screen on the bottom of the fence so that they couldn't SEE the cats etc that might help, what does anyone else think???

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 15:36:52 BDT
dee says:
anti barking collars are the way to go i have two cockers and they were ubareably noisy but i decided to by an anti barking collars they are pet friendly as the only thing that happens is the dog when they bark will activate a small spray of citronella it is always sprayed away from the animal i have only used this item a handful of times on the dogs as i only have to lift the collars and show my girls and i get instant silence, this item should only be used as a teaching tool and not as a punishment, you can buy this on amazon hope this helps
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