how to stop my Jack Rusell from barking at all people and other dogs?
Question by snottyrotty: how to stop my Jack Rusell from barking at all people and other dogs?
i have a pretty newly adopted male, 1 year old JRT. he is good in the house, listens, obeys, does commands fairly well, but the barking at every human being and passing dogs walking by the house with their owners; is driving me insane. His previous owners gave him up because they said he “was too vocal” ….and hes a beautiful, intelligent, affectionate playful pet and companion for my older dog. Today i tried to take him to the dog park and he barked at every dog bigger than him. It was so embarrasing i had to remove him from the park and keep him in the car so i could let my rottwieler play a bit.
I live in florida so we can finally go outside now and do things. 3 months ago you couldnt be outside it was so hot. . so i now keep windows open and when at home he barks at all passing people, and other dogs. If hes tied outside, he barks at all neighbors and other dogs. When we go for walks he barks at all strange people and other dogs. So…. ive been trying this….. when he barks i speak in a very firm tone “NO BARK!” when he stops, i lean down; shower him with praise “GOOD BOY!” and pet him. I do NOT offer a treat. Should I be? I just cant have treats on me in hand all day. I am an elder caregiver so I’m working alot. I’ve been doing this for maybe a week or so. It doesnt seem to be working. How much longer should I expect to be doing the “NO BARK” command before he learns? Might he not ever? i feel that perhaps its the small dogs way of expression against threats, as they have nothing else to defend themselves and maybe this is never going to work. i’m going to resort to a bark collar if nothing else works. I heard they dont hurt dogs. I know the goal is to get the dog to bark, reprimand, then praise when he stops. Lather Rinse Repeat. But this is not always practical or possible. I can not ALWAYS stop what I’m doing to reprimand. I may be showering, or talking to my boss. Or my elderly father calls me in an emergency, that happened last week. I mean there are just times when training is not possible, what do you do in those instances? I have another dog and she demands my attention too. When i reprimand the JRT my rottie thinks I’m reprimanding her! When i say a command to the JRT, the rottie does it too. How do you seperate this out, so each dog is its own being? I certainly dont want 2 clones of each other or I would only have 1 dog. But mainly if some expert out there could give me some tips on the barking problem, i’d be eternally grateful. Thank you.
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Answer by Spin
good luck with that…..my dog is 10 years old, we got him when he was a puppy…..we’ve tried and tried, but nothing seems to work…..we even bought the collar that gives him a little shock when he barks, but after the first shock i took it off right away and returned it to the store ….it seemed to harsh for the dog…..sometimes i just ignore him and he stops a little, but that’s about it…..good luck! 🙂
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