Southwest Gardening forum: Patriot Prissy!!

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Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
May 29, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Ain't she just the cutest thing??? Now...if she would just quit barking at every leaf and bird or breeze!! I love her though. Jo

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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
May 29, 2010 6:43 PM CST
Oh my Jo, she's a beauty. We've got a barker too, if a lizard moves he thinks we need to know about it!
Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
May 29, 2010 8:12 PM CST
Prissy sleeps in my bed...when her feet hits the floor...she is barking..."there MUST be something out there moving to bark at!!" She like to spend her days on the back of the couch looking out the back window...watching rabbits, quail and anything else that catches her eye...If she gets through the front door she rushes to the back,,,just in case there is still some critter there to bark at. I must say that the rabbits don't come into my yard any more....Anyone want to rent her? Jo
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
May 30, 2010 9:02 AM CST
She is one cute doggy. I'm working on my chronic barker, sometimes I think I've got a handle on it, other times not so much.
Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
May 30, 2010 4:58 PM CST
I thought about ordering one of thos high frequency remotes to see if it works. Jo
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
May 30, 2010 7:00 PM CST
I've thought of it too. Let us know if you try it and how it goes.
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
May 30, 2010 10:03 PM CST
I don't think they work otherwise more people would be using them. Perhaps if you went to some effort to train your dog to be quiet when it heard the noise, it might work, but you're using it to keep from doing that. Besides other dogs within hearing range would also be getting it and how do you know someone else isn't using them within hearing to train their dogs. Doggy would be so confused.

I haven't found high frequency noises to be a deterrent for other animals that they are supposed to keep away. I think you would be better off saving your money and working with your dog another way. I know many people are opposed, but I think that if it could make the difference in a happy dog and happy owner, that debarking is a possibility. You will hear scare stuff about maiming, etc, but my experience was that after the surgery we enjoyed our dog much more and she was happier because we weren't at her to shut up all the time. She was an incorrigible barker and didn't stop after the surgery. The noise just wasn't so annoying.
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
May 31, 2010 7:34 AM CST
We have tried to work with Guinness with a "Quiet" command but the next time something moves in the cul-de-sac, he's back at it. I'm not sure I could do the debarking surgery, just because elective surgery is not something I do for myself. The best deterrent so far is to be proactive......see the event before he does and get him under control.
Name: Jo Miklovic
Augusta, GA

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Roadrunner
May 31, 2010 9:15 AM CST
I will keep working on her...I do have her trained now to NOT bark when we are sitting in the living room UNTIL she clears the first doggie door...which is just beside my recliner...then all H..l breaks loose....so...after what I feel is her last pottie break at night...but still going to be up a while...I close the outside doggie door so she can't go out in the yard to bark. (she can open the first one by pushing it up with her nose)..but here in the boonies she only bothers my DD next door...LOL Jo
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
May 31, 2010 10:27 AM CST
You're so right, MaryMac, catching them BEFORE works so much better than after. I'm starting to find a way to slow down Bunny's barking, but I don't suppose it will ever be completely 'fixed'. She likes to announce all activity in the house.
Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
May 31, 2010 11:01 PM CST
I am trying a new method, which involves consequence for the unacceptable behaviour. I let my dogs out on our balcony, and generally they bark (or want to) at everything... a gust of wind, a bird, a bicyclist. As I know they love the balcony, I am now telling them "if you bark, you come in!", and I'm enforcing it. They come in, door is closed. Game over. We try again later. They are improving, though I would never say I have well behaved dogs when it comes to saying hello. However, I am getting better results from this than anything else I've tried.
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
May 31, 2010 11:46 PM CST
That sounds like a very good strategy, Brenda... rewarding good, acceptable behavior and removing the reward with unacceptable behavior. I've always believed on the spot rewards and scolding is most effective. I'll be challenged when I get a new dog. Bert was just the absolute best behaved dog of all time. Miss him dearly. Your little guys are cute too!
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