Riley has been barking more lately than ever before. It started when we moved into the new house, which I figured was normal at first, but now he should be used to the new noises. There are big trucks that come in and out of our driveway all the time that he doesn't bark at anymore, instead he barks at nothing.
Everynight around midnight-2am he starts barking for no reason and won't stop until I bring him into my room. When we let him outside after it gets dark, he barks at nothing. Just does laps around the yard barking.
He wakes up from naps during the day barking, usually scaring me. (he has a mean bark lol)
Am I supposed to ignore it? I usually tell him it's ok, sometimes we take a look around outisde together and I tell him nothing is there, then he's fine, sometimes he continues to bark anyway.
There are no neighbors, not in hearing distance anyway, all the birds have left for the winter and the squirrels haven't been around in a while, so I don't know what it is.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 11/28/2005 11:49:50 PM*** Reason: cant spell
Are you in a more populated area now than you were before? Maybe he hears sirens in the distance. My Chocolate Lab used to sit out in the yard and howl. I live only 1/2 mile from the highway and about 1 mile from the hospital and she could hear the ambulance sirens long before I could.
I'd look out in the backyard and she'd be sitting there, head tilted up at the sky, her mouth in a perfect "O" and howling like crazy. I think the sirens hurt her ears? The other dogs would howl when the sirens got closer, they probably couldn't even hear the noise, because Cocoa was so loud. She would quit howling when I brought her back inside, maybe she couldn't hear them anymore?
It's a thought, hope he settles into your new home soon.
Oh, any news on when you will get your new puppy? Any litters planned?
a scary bark? is he barking to alert you, or signal he hears something, or is it a more high pitch woowooo bark. if it is a bark like he is getting defensive or alerted to something. he hears something or smells it. that has alerted him. the more high pitch bark is a cry to be with the pack. i am assuming it is a defensive bark since you let him and tried that. soothing him, might be precieved as praise or even further his concern for whatever. dogs do not communicate be quiet, barking often times is a group activity. but if one dog does have enough and wants to say be quiet they do it silently. often with a nip, commonly on the muzzle. try putting a verbal command with some sort of touch. a finger poke in the side of neck. just enough to be a little uncomfortable. and saying quiet. eventually quiet will be enough. it took gunny almost a year to stop alarm barking at our new place. a crate might also help make him feel more secure.
gunny - thanks so much, I'll try that. I had a feeling soothing him wasn't right but I didn't know what else to do, especially half asleep lol. It is usually a defensive bark.
Basset, I thought his ears were doing good but the one is so red and by the looks of the wax I can tell he's all clogged up inside again. He goes to the holistic vet Wednesday... but I don't know anymore. Don't know what to do for him it's so darn frustrating!!
dark greasy wax, if it is my holisitic vet recommended para-yeast by PHD products just google it. and it also is a natural wormer and intenstinal cleasner. but it takes car of ear infections. i used it on addies worms and mooses ear infection. also my vet said to give a dose every six months just to keep things clean inside. it worked great. all herbal.
How long have you been in this new house? Is there any wooded areas around you. Just because you don't hear anything, doesn't mean he doesn't. When the dogs in the house, will he still bark if the curtains are closed and the TV is on. One of my friends has a dog that likes to bark. So she taught the dog to bark on que with a hand signal, she allowed 4 barks and then, praised her for stopping at 4 barks. And of course she taught a hand signal for quiet. The citronella collar is still an option.
I've always been told that when our dogs bark, it's to let us know "MOOOOM, come look" or "MOOOM, be careful somethings going on" and so when yelling is done as a form of correction...it's saying "yes, louder, louder"
I'm no expert, but I known when my dogs bark...if I yell "BE QUIET" then they look at me and turn their heads, and keep barking. However, if I let them know...OK, I'm gonna check it out, make sure everything is fine and give them a pat on the head...they normally stop barking.
I've got a beagle living behind us..and he's a barker/howler, I think our dogs have barking wars sometimes....drives me insane!
There are two types of barking - barking when they hear a noise, smell etc. and the barking out of fear saying "Im here so if anything is out there dont you dare come near" in other words just announcing their presence. I feel this will get better with time, he/she is just uneasy and getting useto her new surroundings. For now, assure him/her that they are safe with you. Use distraction when the barking starts....
Nah... nevermind. Kiba quickly outsmarted it (barked then backed up so she didnt have to "get" the smell).... and it'd probably make your guy break out or something.
I know they have ones that emit a noise when the dog barks... but for training wise... let me know when you do. Kiba barks and barks when people come over... we have to bribe her with treats (I know I know its bad) or else she wont shut up. And forget about going into public. Oh boy.