I havent been on here in a while. I recently moved to a new apartment that allows dogs.....very hard to find. Anyways my 3 yr old golden mix barks when I leave for work at every little noise he hears. He has never been like this so I am assuming he is doing it because he isnt used to the new place. One problem.....the ppl who live upstairs have already complained about him barking and the landlord came by and said I had to figure out a way to get him to stop. I went to the petstore and they showed me things to buy to keep him busy, kongs....put in peanut butter and freeze overnight so it takes him even longer to get it out. I buy things for himt o chew on, balls to play with that you hide treats in and i keep the tv on for him. Does anyone have any ideas? There is no room for a crate and he doesnt like to be locked in one room, have tried that and he barks more. Help! I love my dog but dont want to get kicked out.
Oh, dear. This is terrible and I'm sorry you and your doggie going thru this.
Really it's best if you can find somewhere to put a crate. Not only for the barking, but mostly for his safety. He can get quite bored and go exploring and possibly get hurt. He only needs one large enough to lay down in and turn around.
Now, this is not my best idea but it's something I had to do once. There is a collar you can get, NOT a SHOCK collar, but one that viberates when the dog barks.
I live in the city and there is a strict noise ordinace. I had the police called on me once when we had a rescue. She barked non-stop all day and all night. The vet determined she was perfectly healthy, but she would never stop barking. She couldn't sleep inside because she kept us up all night. We let her stay in our kennel and she kept the neighbors up all night. I found the collar at Tractor Supply and it DOES NOT shock the dog, only creates the viberation when they bark. After about 2 or 3 times, she stopped. (She was eventually rehomed) but still, it was all we could do to stop the barking.
Sorry I can't be of more help and this may not be the way you want to handle it but it's all I can think of that may work.
Best of luck!
"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need advice." -Bill Cosby
Now you see one of the main reasons why it is so hard to find an apartment that allows dogs.
Anyway, from my experience, the vibrating, spraying or the audio only collars don't really work on large easily excitable dogs like Golden Retrievers.
The one that gives a dog an electric shock on the other hands worked pretty well for my dogs. It is not as bad as it sounds. It uses the right amount of correction and adjust itself to the dog's behavior. It beeps first as a warning. If the dog ignores it, it beeps again and give a weak short shock. If the dog still ignores it, the duration and the intensity of the beeps and shocks incrementally rise. It gives the dog plenty of opportunity to behave itself before it really starts to hurt.
Considering the alternative of losing the dog or having to move as a result of angry neighbors, it is a very viable option to consider.
The essence of hypocrisy is the tendency to make an exception of oneself.
I can see that you love your pup and don't want him annoying your neighbors. Have you tried leaving the TV on for him or maybe some music? There are CD's out there specifically designed for soothing lonely stressed dogs. I am not sure if I am allowed to name them on this site since that would be more like an advertisement. My mother in law brought us 2 for our choc. lab and she seemed to enjoy them in the car. We don't use them anymore since she now can ride in the car calmly, but at first she would jump all over the car barking and then we popped in the CD and she layed right down and went to sleep. The toy diversions are all good ideas too, but perhaps the quiet of the house is what is stressing out your pooch.
Thank you everyone. I will have to let you know how today goes. I ended up going out and buying one of those anti bark collars, this one made a loud noise when he barked....well it kept going off when it felt like it and wouldnt go off when he barked so i took it back. Going to look for those cds today after work. He seems to be more relaxed this morning so maybe all he needed was a little more time to get used to our new place. Thank you again
no, he does really good because i walk him alot before i go to work and when I get home. and if my daughter gets home before me she walks him to. he gets lotsa exercise. i havent heard anything today about his barking so we will see. maybe he did better. hope so anyways :)