11 months ago
Last edited at 9:07AM on 1/7/2013
My two dogs weigh less than twelve pounds between them. They were bred to be "alarm dogs" & that's about all they CAN do. They are extremely alert - if a leaf falls from a tree, they let me know about it. Sometimes they bark to communicate with other dogs in the.neighbourhood(& get the whole neighbourhood in an uproar.) Most dogs bark in an effort to communicate something to you - check it out & reassure them that they have done their job & can give it a rest now! good luck to you & your pup.
sit beside the puppy or give it some food which it likes or the best way is to bring other puppy as its companion or train them if it is 4months this is the last option other then this 4 option u cant do any thing
If you play with the puppy until it is over-tired it should sleep just fine. But if it is during the day, the pup probably needs to be better introduced to its environment and visitors/family so it isn't alarmed over trivial things. If the pup barks for play or no reason constantly, take it to a puppy class for retraining. There is no substitute for good training. Some think feeding the pup will shut it up, but that just makes it fat, and not necessarily happy.
The best place online to learn about training advice is @ aspca.org. Look for virtual behaviorist and they have great information regarding almost every pet issue available. I'm a certified dog trainer and my guess is your puppy is barking for one of two reasons: It's not getting enough exercise and socialization during the day. Or, as others have said, it is sleeping during the day and wants to stay up all night. Both problems are easy to work on. Shock collars are never funny or necessary to use on any dog. Positive reinforcement works the best and your dog doesn't deserve to be punished for something that is not it's fault.
11 months ago
Last edited at 1:26PM on 1/7/2013
Why is the puppy barking? Is it the middle of the night, needs to potty, hungry? Puppies need a lot of love and attention because they are separated from their mother/siblings and it might take a while for them to calm down. If you yell, it may never calm down. A shock collar is not a good idea for a puppy if its less than about a year old.
I'd suggest filling a spray bottle that shoots a stream of water with cold water and when the puppy is barking inappropriately, tell it "No!" in a stern voice (not loud) and if it keeps barking, then shoot it with the stream of water, but not in the eyes. Don't ever squirt your dog without giving him/her a verbal command first. Yelling at a dog can make a dog nervous, especially if its a puppy.
By the way, dachshunds do not do well with shock collars. I never put one on my mini dachshund, but he knows what the water bottle means! I bought the type of water bottle like hair dressers use in their salons. Keep one in every room if your dog has the run of the house so you can squirt it immediately when it stops barking after you say "No!" My three dogs bark much less since I introduced them to the water bottle!
Dog's bark to communicate with each other. A lot of times they are barking at other dogs whom you may not even be able to hear. As well as just barking for purposes of barking. They play, they bark. They need to pee, they bark. If you want it to stop, there are some choices. There are anti-bark collars that are shock based, as well as spray based. (The shock collars work the best.) However I know a lot of people who use a sonic collar, it sends out a high pitched tone much like a dog whistle when the dog barks.
Don't punish him for barking, it won't help. If you are having trouble with him barking when you are not home, you can try leaving him in a room with a television or a radio so there is additional noise around him when you are gone.
three words...Listen to him, see what he wants...when my dog barks I always stop and think what he wants...if you want to discipline him then tell him to be quiet and, when he listens, give him a treat and tell him that he's a good boy
it depends on the reason if it is something of interest such as a chew toy or a stranger passing by either take care of the problem in a responsible manner by redirecting it like playing with the little pooch however it is agitation like it being alone in it's pen ( or where ever you keep it ) it's best a little tough love and ignoring it should do the trick .
After reading through the answers I see there are some very good answers amongst a lot of just plain stupid suggestions. A puppy should never be subject to a shock collar! Look & discover what your pup is barking about. Puppies need loads of attention, love and discipline. It takes time to know your dog's intentions! They also communicate with other dogs by barking. Please do ignore the insensitive answers.
Correct him, not punish him. Find what/who your puppy is barking at. Read your dogs emotions and positions. Is he/she alert and tall, hackles raised? Or is it shying away, cowering and barking in fear? Are they barking for fun and jumping around? Or is your dog barking for fun? Find out WHY your pup is barking first. Then try to figure out how to stop it if you can. You know, some things you can't stop because it's instinct. (Such as a gun dog barking at gun shots.) Usually if you want to stop barking you can correct it by going "sssstt" and tapping it's shoulder. If than doesn't get it's attention, you may need to be louder and more firm. But never be too firm or make it scared.
What you could use is a form of training known as "operant conditioning". Basically, reward desired behavior, ignore undesired behavior. Why is he barking? Is it out of boredom, nervousness, or to alert you to something? Is it to get attention? If it's to get attention, this might work. If he starts barking, ignore him. As soon as he stops barking, go up to him and give him whatever he considers a reward (affection, treats, a toy, or a click from a clicker if you clicker train.) When he starts barking again, ignore him. If you have to ignore him for a couple of hours, so be it. He'll learn eventually. Picking him up if he's barking is just going to reinforce that bad behavior by letting him know "If I bark, I'll get picked up or get food." Short term it will work for stopping the barking, but it could cause problems in the long term.
Shock collars don't always work, my old dog didnt learn from a shock collar and it burned her neck! I would say no to a shock collar! You just have to train them. For example my dog hates water so everytime he barks, we squirt him with water a couple times and he gets the point and stops!