I have a one year old female Dalmatian who has the need to bark at the house whenever she is bored. drives neighbors crazy. she is let in alot but not at dinner time. she has us trained to let her in when she barks.

we cannot always do this. i am thinking of buying a no bark collar.

any suggestion or other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Ray
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I have a one year old female Dalmatian who has the need to bark at the house whenever she is ... do this. i am thinking of buying a no bark collar. any suggestion or other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

What would be so bad about giving your dog some attention? You probably want to hear suggestions on how to keep your dog from getting bored when she's confined outside alone.
Thing is, you can't keep her from being bored and lonely when you confined her by herself to the yard, away from her family. Likely all she wants is to be with you.
Please bring your dog inside to live with you, her family. She'll never learn how to behave in the house if you put her in the yard all the time. Enroll in an obedience class so you can bond with her and so you can learn how to train her to behave the way you want.
And once she's a happier dog, on the occasion when she is outside, she'll be less likely to be so frantic to get back in.
Cate
First, ditto Cate's great advice.
i am thinking of buying a no bark collar.

This won't stop her from seeking attention, just cause her to seek it in other ways.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I have a one year old female Dalmatian who has the need to bark at the house whenever she is ... let her in when she barks. we cannot always do this. i am thinking of buying a no bark collar.

I have a dalmatian who likes to bark, too. She thinks light spots are evil and she also like to protect us from any noise in the neighborhood. Since they are doing utility work on our street and there are noisy trucks and strange people up utility poles lately, she would drive all of us and herself insane if she were outside much. She even tries to bark at them when she is just out temporarily to go potty!Since you let her in a lot, it sounds like she is housetrained and doesn't destroy everything, so it is an option to have her in more instead of outside bored. If the problem is that you don't want her bugging you when it is dinner time, you can train her not to beg at the table. If you don't have what it takes to train her right now (you have kids to deal with at the dinner table or whatever), you can still stop the barking by getting a crate and crating her near you at dinner time.

She could also be crated in the house if she is outside barking and driving the neighbors nuts when you are not home but you can't trust her inside the house alone yet (and I would totally understand that with a one year old dal!). Crates are generally cheaper than bark collars, don't need to have batteries replaced, address the underlying issues instead of just trying to punish the barking and have the added bonus of helping with other issues besides just barking.

Much better investment.

Paula
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse ***. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary." - James Nicoll (on r.a.s.f.w., 5/15/90)
Ray Parker III said in rec.pets.dogs.behavior: First, ditto Cate's great advice.

Me, too. Snoopy is an indoor dog. So, when he wants attention, he just nuzzles someone with his nose. He saves his barking to get our attention when someone is knocking at our door.
Carol
Have you had her hearing checked? Dalmatians are known for going deaf and often will take to barking when this happens. My sister went through this with her 3 year old.
Celeste
If you don't have what it takes to train her right now (you have kids to deal with at the ... of just trying to punish the barking and have the added bonus of helping with other issues besides just barking.

um, how does crating stop a dog from barking? it certainly doesn't stop my two. honestly though, i'm glad it doesn't. i want to know if someone is breaking into the house when i'm sleeping.
-kelly
I have a one year old female Dalmatian who has the need to bark at the house whenever she is ... do this. i am thinking of buying a no bark collar. any suggestion or other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Dalmatians are barkers. their original purpose was to run along carriages, barking, to scare away robbers. leaving them outside, alone, and bored will doubtlessly encourage this trait. i know this isn't everyone's idea of having a pet, but letting the dog live inside will help cut down on the barking. dogs are social creatures and need affection and attention from their pack. that's you.
-kelly
If you don't have what it takes to train her ... added bonus of helping with other issues besides just barking.

um, how does crating stop a dog from barking? it certainly doesn't stop my two. honestly though, i'm glad it doesn't. i want to know if someone is breaking into the house when i'm sleeping.[/nq]It sounded to me like their dog was barking when she was bored outside while they were inside at dinner time. They aren't as likely to bark if they are inside with the people, even if they have to be crated to be there. Also, crating them keeps them from barking at everything that goes by since they don't see everything that goes by. My dogs will bark when someone comes to the door or into the house no matter where they are, but they certainly don't bark at everyone in the street or in the yard next door or whatever when they are crated in the house.

So, back to my statement of addressing the underlying issues. If the underlying issue is that someone is breaking into the house, then crating will probably not stop the dog from barking. But if the issue is boredom, separation from its people, loneliness and trying to protect its people from everything outside instead of just things trying to get inside, then having the dog inside will make a huge difference, even if these people have to crate the dog to do so more of the time.

Paula
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse ***. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary." - James Nicoll (on r.a.s.f.w., 5/15/90)
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