To use a bark stop on my 8 month old dog

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Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:02:00

We live on a farm and any little noise she hears she barks. Even during the night a slight noise means she yaps. She sleeps with me as she is like my baby girl so I'm forever being woken up with a start because of her yapping on . She is a jackapoo and I don't want anything in humane to use . I want a gentle way to get this barking to stop. It really makes you jump when she starts as it's so random and loud. I have bought a bark stop but I'm. Unsure if it's working as it's in audible to humans. I just got it today and she has barked a few times but doesn't act like this bark stop is upsetting her ? Aibu to use this and has anyone any advice for gentle ways to stop her barking

Willyorwonte Sat 13-Aug-16 17:17:54

Make her up a bed downstairs!
Yabu to sleep with it.
Surely the upside of a dog is that it barks to alert you if it hears something during the night.
Imo dogs are dogs not "baby girls".

WannaBe Sat 13-Aug-16 17:19:31

Agree it's a dog not a baby. Put it downstairs, and when it barks go and tell it in no uncertain terms to STFU.

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:22:17

Thanks for the advice

DearMrDilkington Sat 13-Aug-16 17:22:45

Ignore them! My beautiful cat sleeps in my bed every night, animals are wonderful company. Has she always been a barker?

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:25:53

We have collies as guard dogs so no I don't need her barking in night. No I won't put her downstairs . She is like another member of family and totally attached to me . I guess neither of you are dog lovers. I was asking advice on using a bark stop . I wasn't asking for opinions on how I choose to look after my dog. Thank you anyways but I will choose to ignore your cruel advice. Have a great weekend

SalemSaberhagen Sat 13-Aug-16 17:27:04

I was with you until you called it cruel advice OP.

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:29:18

Dear Mr she has just started doing it this past couple months. It's so loud and makes me jump out my skin. As we live quite rural she goes mad if she hears even a bird chirping above bedroom window. It's driving me mad. We can be sitting on sofa and my kids can open front door and she goes mad barking at noise of door opening. As soon ad she sees who it is she stops and goes back to sofa. I have this bark stop device but I don't even know if it's on as it makes no noise at all ?? Thank you for actually taking time to help xxx

Mishegoss Sat 13-Aug-16 17:31:21

It's a dog, not a baby girl. Put it downstairs in a dog bed. She'll survive the "cruel" treatment.

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:32:22

Huh Salem??? I do think them telling me to put dog downstairs and tell her to stay is cruel advice ! She has been with me from day one and suddenly putting her downstairs woukd be cruel ! Not sure why your suddenly not with me ??? I want the best for my baby girl and don't think it's nice to suggest I kick her out bedroom and tell her to shut the f k up !

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:33:24

Thanks mishegoss but il pass on that advice. Again not relevant advice but thanks

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:35:34

She is my baby girl and is part of our family. She is my 5th child 😊

NavyandWhite Sat 13-Aug-16 17:38:01

Hmm. She's not your child. And I say that as a total dog lover.

Put her in the kitchen to sleep. During the day when she barks spray her with a kids water pistol. Every time.

Mishegoss Sat 13-Aug-16 17:38:15

Then accept her behaviour will be less than desirable because you're treating an animal like a human.

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:43:21

I don't treat her as a human and I know she isn't a real baby. What I mean is I love her and she is part of our family. I honestly am.not a crazy dog person that dresses her up amd carries her around in a purse. I admit iv been too soft with her allowing her to sleep on end of me bed but as a puppy she just cried and cried when alone and I felt sorry for her so allowed her to be with me. I just want advice on how to get this random , loud barking to stop and wondered if anyone had experience of these bark stop devices or if they could recommend a humane way to stop this behaviour . I promise I'm not some freak who treats her dog like a child haha I just want advice

BeastofCraggyIsland Sat 13-Aug-16 17:46:23

OP, you might want to ask to get this moved to the Doghouse board rather than chat. I don't have time to write a long response right now but be wary of using aversive training methods on your dog. Your best bet is to find a good local trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods. Aversive methods (including things like water pistols, rattle bottles etc.) suppress behaviours, they don't tackle the root causes, and they can cause both physical and psychological harm to the dog, as well as damaging your relationship with them. This is all proven, look up the APDT website for more advice and details of accredited local trainers.

NavyandWhite Sat 13-Aug-16 17:47:22

Ok OP I get you. You love her and that's good but she's doing stuff you don't want and that's not good.

Get a water pistol for the barking.

Horsegirl1 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:48:35

Thank you . I'm new to mn and have no clue how to get a post moved . How do I do this ? Thanks again for the good advice

Crunchymum Sat 13-Aug-16 17:49:48

So having the dog downstairs is cruel but a bark stop is OK? confused

hungryhippo90 Sat 13-Aug-16 17:53:54

See a dog behaviouralist, they will help you train her out of this behaviour.

I do wonder how putting the dog in its own bed is cruel, but one of these bark collars isn't?

I'm also with others, sleeping with your dog? If you view it as part of your family, get it a bedroom. I love my DD but we don't share a bed.

powershowerforanhour Sat 13-Aug-16 17:57:01

Barking is a difficult behaviour to stop. I suggest you consult an APBC behaviourist. If, like the majority of the dog owning population, you are too cheap to pay for this, try this: take baby girl out running round the farm until she is tired (small breed dog so will be skeletally mature now). Repeat morning noon and night every day. Also teach her various commands (kennel club good citizen classes are good for this) and practise for 10 or 15 minutes a couple of times a day so she gets mentally tired too.
If, like 90% of the dog owning population, you can't be arsed to do this, then whatever, go ahead and use the Aboistop I suppose.
Here's another piece of advice for free: telling the dog to STFU, as advised by a PP, does not work. My neighbour (terraced house) has been trying this approach for 3 years on her 3.5 year old dog. It's still not working....

Willyorwonte Sat 13-Aug-16 18:02:07

Paaaahaa!!! Cruel.... !! A dog sleeping downstairs is cruel, well I never.
Everytime it barks, spray it with water.

NavyandWhite Sat 13-Aug-16 18:10:02

It's fine OP you don't need to get this thread removed, unless you really want to I mean.

Idefix Sat 13-Aug-16 18:26:00

Meh my dogs sleep in the same room as me op they are well adjusted <twitch> and only ever bark to alert me to something unusual.
Why do you think she is barking op?
If it is barking because a child us going to the toilet she needs to be told to be quite, do this over an over till she stops.
Yy to Power regards exercise and training it will all lead to a calm dog ime.

NavyandWhite Sat 13-Aug-16 18:31:36

Depends on the breed. I've got a dachshund, they bark, a lot. He's well exercised and pretty trained ( for a daxi 😜 ) but he will bark at everything given the chance.

The water pistol is always to hand.

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