I have a Mini Pin that I got from a rescue and is a good dog overall but I need help with a couple of issues. I have had 2 females in the past but this is my first male which I am having problems with.
Problem #1 is when my father comes over the house he barks non stop. We have tried everything from him giving him treats. Once he has been here for awhile then the dog is fine but the first 5 - 10 minutes gets annoying..
Problem #2 is if my son is sleeping on the couch and the dog is with him, when I go to pick him up or move him the dog begins to growl and bark at me. The dog climbs up by his neck to protect him.
I believe this action could have been a reason someone gave him up. Not looking to get rid of him because overall he is not a bad dog. Just looking for help. Appreciate all serious responses.
For the barking you can take a bottle of vinegar or lemon or lime juice something sour/non toxic. When he barks GENTLY take his collar and restrain him and give a small squrit of the sour liquid in his mouth with the accompanying command quiet. If he continues to bark put him in a crate that is covered with a towel or blanket for 5 minutes. When he is quiet give him a treat and say good quiet, then let him out. If he barks again try the quiet command with sour spray. Just keep repeating and eventually he will understand that quiet is good.
I dont know what to do about him guarding your son. Best luck!
My roomate has a shnoodle who barks constantly as well. It's the most annoying bark too. Goes right through you like a screech. I have 2 lab mixes of my own, but when this boy barks, it's way out of hand. Even got a complaint from a neighbor. He got a citronella spray collar. Works like a charm. He lets out his fist bark, and it sprays under his neck ( not right into his face) stopping the normally contining barking he used to do. At first my roomate was hesitant to get it saying it cost $100, but we found the same one for 1/4 of that cost online. I will swear by it. Thank god he got it.If you are hesitant about using the citus spray, you also have the option of filling it with a water spray as well. Hope you try it. It really made my life more relaxed here.
***Edited By: charizma on 11/30/2008 12:01:10 PM*** Reason: spelling