When your dog barks and drives you crazy, remember that it was the human that domesticated the dog and we bought them into our homes and taught them how to use their voice box to communicate with us. Wild dogs don't bark at each other to communicate, they use body language and eye signals. The domesticated dog has seen that we use our voice to communicate with each other and have watched us shout at each other. They are trying to copy their leaders.
If a dog is constantly barking ask yourself what is it trying to tell me? Also ask yourself how much shouting is going on in the house hold? There are sometimes a very good reason why a dog barks to tell us something..its not always a good idea to tell it to shut up! Nikki Brown
There are sometimes a very good reason why a dog barks to tell us something..its not always a good idea to tell it to shut up!

I don't need the borrowed pitbull to tell me repeatedly at 0300 that the possum is trying to get into the food bin in the shed; the neighbors don't appreciate this earthshattering bulletin either. "Shut up!" is indeed in order...
I fully agree with you there. I don't mind if my dog barks a bit but when she started with the wild crazy barking fits in the middle of the night when we'd take her out I had no choice but to go to a remote control collar. No amount of trying to shut her up would work she'd just think you were trying to play with her. Now she knows when I say "quiet" that it's time to stop and come sit beside me. It was the best 90.00 I ever spent.

Celeste
I fully agree with you there. I don't mind if my dog barks a bit but when she started with ... say "quiet" that it's time to stop and come sit beside me. It was the best 90.00 I ever spent.

I don't have a problem with bark collars or remote collars, particularly for situations where the dog isn't immediately supervised or at great distance. That said, if the dog is barking hysterically WHEN supervised, and doesn't respond to owner verbal correction, something is very wrong IMO. The relationship needs a lot of work and the dog needs a lot of training.

Janet B
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The hysterical barking was first triggered by my neighbor who was shoveling snow at night. She completely freaked out at the sound of the shovel and at the guy across the neighbors yard. We had no problems with her wild barking like this for the first 3 weeks we had her.

Lady came from a rural farm where she was exposed to my sisters kids, her two chi hua huas, a few neighbors and 300 head of milk cows. She never had any experience with the strange noises she has came into contact with here in town. I live right next to a busy piece of highway and I knew she would have some issues adjusting and I've worked on exposing her to as much as possible to get her used to them. She goes just about everywhere with us and is coming along really well.It's been 8 weeks and she has calmed down considerably since first moving in. The fire trucks leaving the lot across the street don't freak her out anymore. If she is outside she goes to the end of the yard and howls with the sirens. The ladies leaving bingo don't upset her now she just watches from the yard. And she doesn't seem to have an issue with the people using either of the drive up ATM's at night while Barney seemed to think it was his job to protect the banks.

The trucks going over the bridge laying on their jake brake doesn't bother her now either. She doesn't even bark at the people who come to the funeral home. The one and final thing that I know is going to set her off when we start opening the windows up is the guy at the glass shop dumping panes into the dumpster. It took Barney and Brandy about a month to get used the slamming glass I expect the same from her.
As for the collar I rarely have to use it now. For the most part now I just tell her quiet and she stops her barking.
Celeste