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    06-23-2012, 02:59 PM
  #1
Weanling
Get a dog to bark less?

I have a 10 year old maltese. That barks A LOT. He barks at anything and everything he can. We have tried so many things to get him to stop. We tried a device that emitts a very high pitched sound, that worked for awhile. Then he stopped responding to it. We are currently trying a spray bottle, because he is scared of water. But we always get into the front room too late to spray him. My dad told me if I don't get him to stop barking and soon, that he will get rid of him. I love my dog dearly, how can I get him to bark less?
     
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    06-23-2012, 05:06 PM
  #2
Started
Try a citronella spray collar - it goes round his neck and sprays a burst of citronella when he barks. I have tried :-

- the high pitched noise box
-electric shock collars
- training (!)
- spray collar

With my persistent barkers

And the spray collar is by far the best and most effective.

Obviously... I assume you are also exercising and training and socialising the dog
     
    06-23-2012, 07:12 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I see a lot of talk of gadgets and no mention of specific TRAINING approaches you have taken to address the issue. Small breeds can be very prone to reactive barking.
The device that was working and has since stopped - to ask the obvious question, is it a battery operated device (most are)? Is the tone high enough pitched that you are unable to hear it? If so, you may actually have a device that is no longer operable, rather than a dog who is no longer receptive/responsive.
One approach that can seem completely counter-productive is to teach the dog TO BARK - stay with me here - teaching the dog to "speak" on command enables you to also then train for the "quiet", "stop", "whatever-word-you-want-to-use" command. This can be very helpful because when the dog is *in the moment* of a barking frenzy they are not in the right state of mind to be truly open to your attempts to train them for the quieting of that barking. Using a controlled training session allows you to have the dog in the learning mode so that you can prompt the start and stop of the barking. Then you can start to generalize the command to apply in more and more situations with greater distraction/stimulation.
Do you clicker train? This can be a great way to give that instant, POSITIVE, feedback that creates faster and further progress in training. What are your dog's highest value rewards? Is he play oriented, food oriented, praise oriented??
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    06-23-2012, 08:04 PM
  #4
Weanling
The box is still working we have changed the batteries several times just to make sure, but he still doesnt respond. My parents cannot hear the box, but if I am close enough to it I can, and ironically I run away from it. So it works better on me than my dog. I may have to attempt the spray collar, that seems like the best option.

I have tried to train him to bark, and was successful, but if I sit down to do other tricks with him, he will be patient for about a minute then resort to barking at me thinking he'll get the treat. I've tried to get him a command o quiet down, but it never works.

Back a couple years ago, I attempted to clicker train him. It worked well for awhile, I used it more as a come here command for things (he is unresponsive when we tell him to "come here" too) so he pretty much acts like he is deaf, but if we ask him if he wants to go for a walk, or go in the car, or eat he's right ontop of us.

We do exercize him on walks every night. But he doesnt get much socialization because every time he is around another dog he freaks out and tries to attack them and barks at them, unless they are smaller than him. Then he's okay. And with people he gets all up in their faces and most people that come over hate that.

So as you can see we are just complettely lost with him. But he's such a sweet boy to my family.
     
    06-23-2012, 08:07 PM
  #5
Weanling
This is my barking--but sweet--doggie.
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    06-23-2012, 09:44 PM
  #6
Foal
It's never too late to socialize him. Socialization is VERY important and should be done right away. I started socializing my puppy when she was 9 weeks old. She is now 4 months and very easy going with other dogs. I don't have to worry about her possibly attacking or acting aggressively towards another dog. I will continue to socialize her, even as she grows older.

I fully agree with everything themacpack has said. The thing with training is that you have to be consistent. You can't just attempt something once or twice and then give up because it doesn't appear to be working.

If the "quiet" command isn't working, then try something else. If someone comes to the door and he starts barking, get him to focus on you. Ask for a sit, lay down, whatever, and then reward [praise or treat] for quiet behavior. You can eventually put the "quiet" command in there as well. Make sure you aren't rewarding him for barking though. Give him a command, and then reward once he performs the command.

How often is he getting exercise? I think you need to change things up a bit with him. Go for longer walks in different areas. Take him to a dog park [once he is a bit more socialized and is able to act politely around other pups]. Toss a ball, practice tricks, etc. Don't be so routine because eventually he may get bored. Dogs need to be stimulated. A majority of bad behaviors are because the dog isn't getting the mental exercise that it needs.

Here is a good website that explains what themacpack was originally saying when it comes to the barking. Barking: How to Get Your Dog to Quiet Down : The Humane Society of the United States
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    06-25-2012, 12:32 PM
  #7
Showing
When I was given a female Chi she was yappy. As so often happens with little dogs the owner picks them up and soothes them which is seen as a reward. Tiny or not she's still a dog. I'd stamp my foot to get her attention and show my displeasure by scowling at her and telling her No firmly. Now the only time she makes any noise is if someone I'm not expecting comes to the door and she'll quit when I say shh.
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