|Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 1:03pm PST |
|I am not a small dog person by any means. For me they are too noisy, hyper, bouncy, and annoying. Since Dingo completely ignores my husband and could care less whether he is their or not, hubby wanted to get a dog that would hopefully he could enjoy. We had to get a small dog (uncer 20#) because of our living situation. Originally he told me he wanted to get a Chi which I put a stop to immediately. I told him that he needed to get a dog that had a bit more weight to it and could take a "beating" because Dingo's way of playing is he runs and bulldozes over other dogs and tumbling over them, and I knew a Chi would not be able to handle that. Came across a Mini Schnauzer that was housetrained, good with kids, cats, and dogs, Dingo loved her almost immediately, and knew basic commands. We got her from a rescue that only runs through foster homes to help lower stress on the dogs. When brought her home I basically ignored her because I wanted her to want attention fom my hubby more than myself, since animals tend to stear towards me. It did work and although she is ok with me she really prefers my husband, which makes him happy.
Enough rambling though.
My question is how can I get her to stop barking. It is beginning to drive me up the wall and make me hate her at this point. She barks at the tv, the door, kids playing outside, car driving by, when people come over we have to lock her out back in our patio area and shut the sliding glass door to muffle some of the noise but still the whole time its yap yap yap yap. Tried distracting her attention to something else that she knows how to do well, tried working on ignoring the bad behavior and rewarding the good, tried telling her no. Nothing is working, and I honestly don't know how much more I can take of it. I don't want my husband to have to get rehome her because then he will make me regret it for the rest of my life. But I am going insane here. I didn't even want the little dog in the first place but he absolutely insisted. What else can I do to try and get her to shut her mouth. And if she isn't barking she chatters her teeth or whines.
Help me please, before I lose my mind!
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