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    I don't see anything wrong with barking when someone disturbs your property. The odd bark I am fine with and it doesn't sound like yours does it all day.

    The dogs surrounding us I get annoyed with all the time because they bark all day at nothing. One barks at birds, everytime someone mows/whippersnips.. basically anything and everything. The other barks when someone walks past the property. Once they step inside the gate she stops. Between these two some days I go crazy. Usually the ones where the kids are playing up and I'm overtired. I wish the owners wouldn't neglect them because they are obviously bored and not well trained.

    Sorry that turned into my own little vent.

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    Sounds like similar to what I'm going through tadpoles lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    No, I am teaching my dog to learn the word 'leave'. And this is just how to start off. In time the word 'leave' can and will be used for many things....our main training atm is to 'leave' the cat alone.

    I had my old dog fully trained by hand signal only and I could even command her to bark and to stop just by signal. It's amazing how obedient a dog can be wirh training
    Not trying to start a debate about dog training... but what you are doing is teaching your dog to leave something alone when you say so (be it food, the cat, whatever). I've taught my dogs the same thing and it is very effective. I just can't see how that can be used to stop the dog from barking at something out on the street, which is a different behaviour to not touching something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    Um, when you have a dog barking literally 3m from your bedroom window for hours on end, yup im gunna complain about my child trying to sleep. Its called nuisance barking for a reason, and there is a reason you can make complaints about it to the council etc.

    And of course people arent suggesting people train their children. Children and dogs are completely different. So its nowhere near the same thing.

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    You have misunderstood my post. My point was that noise is noise is noise, no matter who or what is making it. I fail to understand why everyone gets so up in arms about a dog barking for hours and hours, yet no one says anything about kids yelling and squealing for hours and hours, or someone running power tools for hours and hours or any other annoying everyday noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meg2 View Post
    Not trying to start a debate about dog training... but what you are doing is teaching your dog to leave something alone when you say so (be it food, the cat, whatever). I've taught my dogs the same thing and it is very effective. I just can't see how that can be used to stop the dog from barking at something out on the street, which is a different behaviour to not touching something.
    Ok say it's my dog barking at my neighbours kids who kick the soccer ball around their yard and when my dog first arrived she barked like crazy at them through the fence and she'd never listen to me (I've recently adopted her she is 3 and full of bad habbits). I started teaching her 'leave' and now she knows the word....when the kids are out playing I sternly say 'leave' and she will stay in beside me and after two months she has learned not to be bothered by them.

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    I wouldn't worry unless the neighbours complain or unless its bothering you.
    I don't think it's wrong that kids are playing in the street either and if it sets your dog off then so be it!

    I personally would tell my dog to STFU tho :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    Ok say it's my dog barking at my neighbours kids who kick the soccer ball around their yard and when my dog first arrived she barked like crazy at them through the fence and she'd never listen to me (I've recently adopted her she is 3 and full of bad habbits). I started teaching her 'leave' and now she knows the word....when the kids are out playing I sternly say 'leave' and she will stay in beside me and after two months she has learned not to be bothered by them.
    Ok, I can see how that would work. I think in that situation a simple 'come' and 'stay' would also work - basically anything that you had already taught your dog and that got her attention.
    I think the OP situation is different though as she is not constantly there with her dog to redirect his attention whenever he barks. Also, there are mulitple stimuli that are setting the dog off, so she can't simply desensitise her dog to a specific situation.
    It sounds like you have a good relationship with your dog and are teaching her well. The only reason that I'm taking issue with your post is because other posters have taken it to mean that anyone can just train their dog not to bark, and I don't think that is true in circumstances where the dog is in the yard alone and sees something that disturbs or excites them.

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    Without reading replies:

    Our dog is trained not to bark unless someone is encroaching on the property. That is, the second someone comes near the front door/gate.
    The reason for that is not only because we don't want to annoy the neighbours but also because that way we know very quickly if someone is coming onto our property. He's basically our early warning system *chuckle*.

    Kids playing around the streets etc. he ignores and doesn't bark at. He'll occasionally grumble at the neighbours as they walk past the fence but it's always a low toned "Just letting you know I'm here, so don't try anything" kind of rumble and never a loud yap (he's a foxy). And that's very rarely, most often he's grumbling at the neighbours visitors because he doesn't recognise their scent as someone that lives nearby.

    I find it to be a huge benefit that the only time that he barks enthusiastically is when someone comes to the house. Either it lets us know that guests are arriving or scares off would be thieves because he makes an almighty racket and sounds like he'd tear your achilles out. Which he wouldn't, he's a wuss. But they don't know that.
    The only other time he'll go off his head is if a cat other than his own wanders into the yard, and when that happens I find it very misleading because I assume that theirs someone either in the front yard or trying to get into the back. But honestly I'd prefer that than random indiscriminate barking no matter what the time of day.

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    OP I don't think your way of thinking is wrong at all. If these kids are coming in your front yard etc then I would expect the dog to bark. That is very different to a dog non stop barking all day. My dog will bark at times throughout the day if she is disturbed by something, sometimes that is my neighbours doing something in their yard etc... One neighbour runs a business from home and has the loudest tools going at times and the other neighbours have blardy chickens which make more noise, are up earlier and all in all way more annoying than a barking dog....

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    My thoughts are seeing as you cant exactly do much about your neighbours playing out in the stree, if your dog is barking excessively, i would consider doing something about your dog. i absolutely HATE dogs barking for the reasons you have mentioned. I have a dog who barks ALOT. She's well exercised, gets plenty of stimulation, has a backyard to run but it's just her nature to bark at EVERYTHING. We have to put a muzzle on her every time my DS goes down for a nap during the day alsoave to get it on her before the garbage trucks come to empty the bins once a week at 5am (i set an alarm those days). Otherwise My dog will wake him, no doubting it, i was soooo sick of it. I also think my neighbours shouldnt have to put up with my silly barking dog all day. She's good at night though, thankfully.
    My dog is not allowed inside, never has been and doesnt even attempt to come indoors. I'd like to keep it that way!
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