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My dog will not stop barking. I don't know what to do. I am going insane. She keeps waking up my 2 month old DD, who is going crazy with the noise. I am so very frustrated. I live in suburbia. I'm terrified that my neighbors are going to show up furious. She is barking for hours on end.<br><br>
Our dog is about 2. She's still very much a puppy. We had the same incessant barking problem when we first got her. A dog trainer told us that the only way to really fix it was with a shock collar. After much debate, we bought one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: . We keep it on the lowest setting, and more or less it was working. She didn't become silent by any means, but it was much better. We were told the gradually teach her to not bark by turning off the shock collar, but keeping it on her, and then gradually switching back to a regular collar. Unfortunately, as soon as you turn off or take off her collar she barks like crazy again.<br><br>
She's even taking to barking in our bedroom at night, which she never used to do. We always kept the collar off at night. Now we've been putting it on, and still she wakes us up at night by barking. We've tried putting her in the garage, in her kennel in our bedroom, and in the backyard (where she usually is during the day). None of it makes a difference. She's not hurt. She's not barking at anything in particular. She's just barking. I've also tried firmly saying no or quiet when she barks. She knows that I'm mad at her, but she isn't stopping. We've checked and replaced the battery in her collar. We've even tried turning the level up on the collar.<br><br>
How can I get her to let up? I'm going to go insane.<br><br>
Thank you,<br>
Sage
 

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Do you have a bark collar that corrects automatically her when she barks or an e-collar that you have to press a button to correct her? What brand is it?
 

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It automatically corrects. I'm not sure the brand. It was the one the trianer strongly recommended. It cost about $100. It's safe in the rain and even in water. It's roughly a year old.
 

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WHat does your dogs day typically consist of? Walks? Family time? Many dogs who are barkers or diggers do these things out of boredom or frustration. Try going on long walks, with the dog walking at your pace and by your side, at least once a day. A tired dog is much better behaved than one thats full of energy. Did this start when your baby was born? Is this the only behavioraly problem she has?
 

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What breed of dog? And what age?<br><br>
Some dogs really, REALLY like to bark. It can be a breed trait and you're just stuck with it in SOME breeds (Collies come to mind, as do Aussies). But it's also a managment issue. If the dog is outside in the backyard all day, of course it's barking. It needs to be interacting with humans, be taken on walks, be trained, and be busy. If you can't provide that for the dog, seriously consider paying the $20 for dog daycare--you'll be astonished how much will disappear when the dog is tired and happy.<br><br>
At night, at home, it may be an attention-getting device. Don't give attention! Instead, cover the crate with a blanket so the dog can't see to the sides, and when the dog starts baking chuck a shoe at the side of the crate. Don't let the dog see you! He needs to think "Yowza, I bark and the heavens send down bad things!"
 

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First, yeah to the boredom thing, "a good dog is a tired dog"<br><br>
Second, have you tried a squirt bottle? Go down to the pet store (my petsmart has this) and there should be a great big bottle for equistrain uses. When the pup starts to bark, give them a blast of water in the face. After a few times, she'll start to get the picture.<br><br>
As for the crate thing, I gave up on my crates at night, I decided that she's a pack animal, and she wants to be with the alpha (me), so I don't deny her that. But, I DO deny her bed access. I don't EVEN want to do with the issues that creates! But, I wouldn't let my baby CIO, so I'm not going to let my puppy either. Thankfully, the other dog doesn't really bark (unless he sees something in the yard that makes him uneasy)
 
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