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    Default Help! My dog barks when we are not home & It's upsetting the neighbors!

    DP & I got a puppy last Dec for xmas for DS. Only recently we have been told by a note in out letterbox from an anonymous neighbor that our dog has been barking while we are out. I'm not out every day but I feel bad now when I go out of the house knowing that my dog will start barking while I'm gone.

    We have him inside at night until we go to bed (thankfully he doesn't bark at night!). We walk him most nights (not every night now because of how cold it has gotten with DS). He gets new toys frequently, he has company when we are home, we let him inside quite a fair bit when we are home too. I'm guessing he barks because of loneliness when we are out, but how can I try and deter my dog from barking while we are out apart from what we are already trying. I thought of maybe putting him in the bathroom so block out the noise of the barking but I feel that's unfair and cruel on him? Any new ideas or advice would be great TIA

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    Bark training collar. You can get shock ones, ones that give off a foul smell when the dog barks.

    There are also training companies like Bark Busters who offer training.

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    I've heard of citronella collars, not sure how effective they are though. This appears to be the kindest option.

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    We had an anonymous letter about our lab when she was young. We have 1 near neighbour lol!
    We did a few things, bought a Kong from the pet shop and used to freeze treats in there, bought a little plastic shell and buried things in sand in there. She wasn't a real barker though and after a bit of snooping I realised she was only barking at this neighbour when he stood near our fence and smoked!
    We tried putting her in the laundry and she only barked more.
    There are other things you can do like buy those bird houses that emit high pitched noises the dog doesn't like when they bark.
    Sorry, not much help am I!

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    We had a similar problem with our two dogs. We tried every toy imaginable and they gets heaps of exercise and we kept getting anonymous letters (all in the same handwriting). We checked with all our immediate neighbours and they denied there were any problems. We ended up finding out they were barking at two dogs in the neighborhood who escape from their yards and come on the other side of our fences that ours react to. And of course, their owners wouldn't fix that problem. So we ended up getting anti-barking collars for them but it was several months before I agreed to try them because I was worried they were cruel. But in the end our dogs don't mind them - they actually come wagging their tales to have them put on when we go out, probably because they then get a bone too! And it stopped a lot of the barking - they can still bark a little before it goes off. And no more complaints! Just something you can consider if you're like us and tried every suggestion from your local council and the RSPCA.

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    Thanks for replies. I think we will have a go at the spray collar. It's pretty expensive though!


 

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