|Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:35am PST |
|Koorazh barks. Some days he is very quiet, but when there is any form of external stimulation, he barks. He barks at squirrels, he barks in response to other dogs (and almost all the houses near us have dogs), he barks at people walking down the street, or, heaven forbid, people walking down the street with a dog. Sometimes he just barks, a bark every ten seconds, which we have jokingly compared to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Sometimes he lays on his side on the ground, and barks, one bark every ten seconds. It is the strangest thing I have ever seen.
I have tried everything I can think of. When he barks, I bring him in for at least twenty minutes or a half an hour. We play the "in an out" game all day, and since we have done it for years now, I think it is not working. At one point I tried a citronella spray collar. He learned that if he runs while barking, the spray just blows away in the wind. I even briefly tried a no bark shock collar against all my better judgment. It didn't work. If it was set to distraction level, he ignored it. I upped it until he yipped in pain, but I couldn't stand it.
On a typical day he either gets 2.5 miles of walk and some squeaky ball time or he goes to a doggy daycare while I go to work and plays with thirty or so other dogs. I only let him in the yard between 9 am and about 4:30 pm (and try to let him out later on weekends). He is never in the yard when I am not home.
My concern is that we have neighbors with whom we've had other problems. And wouldn't you know it, that's the fence line he likes to go down and bark at, because there is a dog in the house on the other side that he thinks he needs to communicate with.
I am at a loss on how to shape this behavior.
Edited by author Thu Jan 24, '13 8:38am PST
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