Hi,
I was hoping someone might have some tips on how to stop my border collie from barking every time the garbage collectors arrive. On other occasions she will listen to my commands but when it's the garbage collectors she feels she needs to protect her property.
Thanks.
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Hi, I was hoping someone might have some tips on how to stop my border collie from barking every time ... she will listen to my commands but when it's the garbage collectors she feels she needs to protect her property.

My BCs aren't crazy about the trash collectors, either. After all, they pull up right in front of our house and *THEY SHAMELESSLY STEAL OUR STUFF!!!* right off the curb.
Being that they're there less than 90 seconds twice a week, I mostly don't worry about it.
Kathleen
Hi, I was hoping someone might have some tips on how to stop my border collie from barking every time ... will listen to my commands but when it's the garbage collectors she feels she needs to protect her property. Thanks.

I like to explain things to my dogs in a happy, cheerful tone: "They're taking our trash we LIKE it when they take our trash. They're HELPING us. How NICE of them!" Also, naming everybody seems to help "it's the garbage men!" "it's the bloodhound!" "it's the girls on bikes!" "it's that lady that walks every single day!" I act like I am very happy to see all these people. Then if this doesn't work, the heedless barker gets a (brief) time out. I can't have 3 dogs (well, 2 really, Zoe doesn't bark much) barking their heads off, especially early in the morning. Not that it doesn't happen.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
Hi, I was hoping someone might have some tips on how to stop my border collie from barking every time ... will listen to my commands but when it's the garbage collectors she feels she needs to protect her property. Thanks.

Well, thought i was the only one whose dog had that problem.. Iv tried most things said in most dog manuals..But NOTHING seems to work.. My dog will bark at the trash guys no matter wat u do.. I tried ignoring her, praising her, bribing her with her favourite treats.. Failed miserably everytime..
Well, thought i was the only one whose dog had that problem.. Iv tried most things said in most dog ... no matter wat u do.. I tried ignoring her, praising her, bribing her with her favourite treats.. Failed miserably everytime..

It's rewarding for the dog to bark at the trash guys. The trash guys come, the dog barks to alert you - and you're alerted - and then the trash guys leave. The "invading strangers" leave when your dog barks, and he thinks, "yippee! I scared 'em off!"
Unless the trash guys are there for hours, what's the problem? Two minutes of barking?
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It's rewarding for the dog to bark at the trash guys. The trash guys come, the dog barks to alert ... the trash guys leave. The "invading strangers" leave when your dog barks, and he thinks, "yippee! I scared 'em off!"

Why does Friday bark at the mailman? After all, this guy gives us stuff. That was a rhetorical question, BTW.

We've had the same mailman for years - including the two years I've been working from home. He always waves and smiles at the dogs through the window. Gad, you'd think Friday would have gotten used to him by now; Rocky has, but barks because Friday does.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Why does Friday bark at the mailman? After all, this guy gives us stuff. That was a rhetorical question, BTW. ... window. Gad, you'd think Friday would have gotten used to him by now; Rocky has, but barks because Friday does.

We've got a dog that acts very watchy/protective. Somebody pulls into the driveway, he acts like he's gonna kill 'em. Growls, barks, tries to stick his head through the fence. Puts on quite a show. Name's Rocky, too. He's about a 50 lb mixed breed, Plain Brown Dog.
The other dogs run out there and bark along with him, although they don't act Deadly Serious like Rocky does. The few times he hasn't been able to sound the alarm (like, crated in anticipation of guests), the other dogs run outside and wag their tails.
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