cats keep coming into our yard and they drive my dog CRAZY - he starts this really hyper freaked out barking and it's hard to get him to stop. we've told people about it and they're always like 'well he probably sees cats as the prey that he was bred to hunt' or something like that. usually we carry him outside and walk him around the yard to show him there are no cats or anything but every once in a great while he will get stressed out and bark. we had to take him out saturday night at 1am and he got away and started his crazy-barking at a cat that was in the yard. the old guy next door yells out the window 'tell your dog to shut up!' (which my husband was doing) and my husband said something like 'he's a dog! dog's bark sometimes!' and he said 'this happens every night around 11:30 or 12!' and shut the window. we know that's BS because we're in bed then. and what do we do if they need to go out at 3am? let them poop on the floor? this pissed me off and upset me to no end because we DO try to get him to stop barking - aside from walking him around and keeping him close, if he was really listening he'd hear us telling him to be quiet and not to worry the cat's gone, things like that - but he's also an 8 month old hound! i mean how hard would it be to knock on our door at a reasonable hour and talk to us about the barking that he says he hears every night? not yell at us when you can tell the dog is stressed out and something's wrong - he's not just barking because he's bored...and he stopped. i was so mad that i was crying and it took me hours to get to sleep. should i forget about it? should i say something to this guy? it's weird because a few days ago they were driving away from their house when we were out front taking the dogs for a walk and they smiled and pointed at the dogs and waved. i just don't know what i should do, if anything. what would you have done?
Well, I'm mom to THREE dachsies- and personally, although he was a little harsh- I would have been pretty damned p.o.'d if you were my neighbor, too! :) Dogs bark- and it's acceptable if every NOW and then they get a few in at an odd hour. But if this is even so common as a weekly thing, it just means you don't have control over your pupper. Have you been working at obedience? My guys KNOW what "quiet" means- and they know that if they bark when we're outside, after I've said quiet- that they go right back inside. It's your responsibility to do what you need to do to keep him quiet- that includes training him. Dachsies bark- at EVERYTHING it seems- but you can control it with proper training and monitoring (if you MUST take him out that late- only do so on a short leash, so you can scoop him up and bring him in if he starts to yap. After a while, you should develop a sixth sense about barking- you'll be able to anticipate his barking before he starts, and should be able to distract him. :) Good relationships with neighbors are very important. I'd make a point of visiting HIM at a decent hour and apologizing for last night's event, then ask him to describe any other times he's been bothered by barking. Explain to him that you ARE working on his barking- and will do your best (keep him on a leash, avoid late night potty breaks- he's old enough not to need one) to make sure this doesn't happen again. You were the one at fault, and though he surely could have been NICER- when someone is woken up by a yapping dog, nastiness can just take over. Let it go. Do your part to avoid a similar situation. :) And hey- in case you don't know, we have a great dachshund board at www.dachsie.org/vbb . :)
That's the thing though - it's not even as often as a weekly thing. I don't know where he got the idea that it happens 'every night at 11:30 or 12' unless he's hearing someone else's dog (I hear other dogs barking at night lots of times but my dog is pretty good about not responding). I think that's what pisses me off the most - he yells at us and acts like we do it all the time yet I can remember maybe 1 time other than Saturday night that he has barked like that. Sometimes he barks during the day when he's outside if he hears the dog across the fence barking. Usually though his barking is only when he's inside and he hears the school bus go by or something. How well do your doxies get along with cats?
I made a point of early and intense socialization with my boys- and although I didn't have cats, my parents did. So they learned early on to be polite. It's about exposure- do you have a friend with a dog friendly cat, who'll permit a little rowdiness out of your puppy? He needs to see that cats aren't really all that exciting- that they can HURT 'cha if you get too close and they don't like it. ;) My rescue girl is just cool with everyone. Just luck, there, I guess- I had nothing to do with it. All three will bark if we walk by a dog who's barking- but as soon as they're allowed to "meet" the other dog (approach and sniff), they're happy as can be. And squirrels are a new issue for us- I just moved this weekend into an older neighborhood, and the darn things are everywhere! That "quiet" command has really come in handy. Have you tried the squirt bottle method of teaching "quiet"? It tends to work REALLY well on water hating dachshies. Two of my three are freaky water LOVERS, though... but it worked GREAT on my oldest boy. :)
We got him when he was already 5.5 months old. The previous owners (who bought him from the breeder) had to move and thus give him up. They told us when we bought him that he didn't like cats but we didn't realize that 'didn't like' meant 'really high strung and spastic' :/ I don't think the previous owners were the best to him. We bought a younger puppy later and she's a dream - no problems with her at all. I wish we had had our boy from the time he was born rather than him having to learn from these other people. :/ We do have some neighbors with cats (and 2 doxies!) - the cats usually aren't around but we might ask if they can keep them around and see if we can introduce them. We were kind of avoiding it because other neighbors' cats have followed their owners to our door and our boy goes nuts but maybe it's better to treat this head on! Thanks for the advice. I just wish he hadn't said that garbage about it happening every night. I would certainly feel more apologetic about it. ;P
Like I told my husband - one night some other neighbors were letting off fireworks after the fourth of july late one night. Instead of yelling 'knock it off!' I yelled (just so they could hear me) 'can you please not do fireworks after 10 o'clock at night?' You catch more flies with honey than vinegar!
Have you ever tried Binaca? It is a breath spray and it is not harmful to dogs but they don't like it much. When your dog starts barking, tell him 'quiet' and if he doesn't stop spray 1 spray into his mouth and tell him 'quiet' again. He will act like it is the worst thing in the world but he should learn pretty quick what quiet means. And if he is like my poms, he will pout. Hope this helps, it worked wonders on my 8 month old pom boy. Good Luck
Definitely true. I bet he feels a little silly for yelling, too. At least, he SHOULD. ;) But like many people- my sleep is SACRED. I am EVIL when I'm woken up- I've killed many an alarm clock, and have been known to curse like a sailor when someone sweetly tries to get me out of bed. So barking dogs irritate me at odd hours- and I LOVE dogs! :D It's a little tougher when you couldn't/didn't get a puppy out to experience new things young... but it can still be done! Your challenge, though... is finding a cat willing to participate. I know of a rescue dog who was WAY over interested in cats- but visited the humane society's dog friendly kitties every week while his mom volunteered- if puppy isn't AGGRESSIVE- just very interested- that might be something to ask about! A cat who knows their way around dogs just might be able to charm him. I stand by obedience training, though- a dog who knows what you want him to do is a lot more likely to do it, after all. ;)
Along with binaca, you can used vinegar in a spray bottle. Another option is a collar you buy at petsmart and such that gives a mild shock when the dog barks. Another option is, have you considered calling animal control on all these cats running lose in your neighborhood? Not to be rude to cat lovers, but if a cat was wandering in my yard all the time, I would call animal control. You might also consider crating the dog at night. Puppies usually can't hold it all night, but if your dogs are older, they should be able to go all night without having to be taken outside. That would eliminate the nightly barking.
Yeah I can understand about not getting sleep! I guess I'm just different because I do worry about what they're gonna think of me even if I'm half asleep. I'm always worried about what other people think. That's part of the problem - I worry every night that having the back light on is bothering neighbors, me outside with the dog is bothering the neighbors, etc and we still got yelled at! ;P Our boy does love baths but he's not partial to the squirt bottle! We'll keep that handy when we go out (unless it's raining hehe) We may just keep him on a leash if we ever have to take him out LATE (which isn't often) that way he can't get away. It's funny I was just talking to a friend of mine who also has dogs and she mentioned the same thing I have mentioned - it's annoying that cats get free reign to run around wherever they want, poop in my yard all they want, and invade our space all they want and the only thing we can do is teach our dogs how to deal with it instead of their owners having to deal. :/