Post edited 3:17 pm – December 3, 2009 by Administrator
Hi Beth. Thanks for writing, sorry to hear of your troubles. You didn't mention Skip's age. It doesn't really matter, but if Skip has been practicing this behavior for months (or years), it will take a bit longer to fix. I wouldn't use a anti bark collar for this behavior.
It sounds like Skip needs more mental and physical stimulation, and a bit of training.First, review your activity schedule and make sure you are meeting his needs.
When you tell him “No”, or use a squirt bottle you are giving him attention, exactly what he wants. The behavior will continue unless you change your strategy!
When Skip is barking at you, what exactly do you want him to do and where? Once you have answered these questions, you have your next training goal!
If all of Skips' physical and mental stimulation needs are being met, do this. The instant he barks, walk out of the room. This will teach him that barking makes you go away, quite the opposite of what he wants. Return in 10-20 seconds and then tell Skip exactly what he should do. For instance, you could return and tell him to “go-to-place”.
Take some time to teach Skip how to ask for attention in a polite manner. You could teach him to sit quietly, go-to-place or any number of acceptable alternate behaviors.
If you need help starting a training program, visit this web site, dogand.com.