Cool. Sounds like a god solution for the op.
I don't think anyone should really care, dogs are going to bark just like kids playing games outside are going to squeal and be loud.
I think it's very reasonable to let your dog 'protect its property,' could save your house from a robbery one day
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And theres a huge difference between kids giggling and playing and a dog nuisance barking.
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OP can you give your dog a bone to keep her occupied while the kids are playing on the street or keep her in the backyard where she can't see them?
For training, I use the word 'leave' very sternly and then physically remove her from the situation. Once she has settled down I praise and give a treat. To teach the word 'leave' put a treat in your hand and tell her to 'leave' and don't allow her to have it until she stops trying to get it and waits, then say 'ok' give her the treat and a good pat.
Last edited by ozeymumof5; 10-07-2013 at 13:03.
A dog having a protective bark when someone steps foot on their turf is reasonable. A dog going bananas over children playing in the neighbourhood is annoying, and it is unreasonable to expect people around them to be tolerant of such unnecessary annoyance.
We all need to be tolerant of small annoyances when we live in suburbia, a dog barking once in a while when it is disturbed is just one of those things.
OP, I think your attitude is fine.
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