How can I stop my dog from barking at the neighbor's dog?

asked 2017-02-23 13:31:16 -0600

My neighbor's dog is a police dog and lives outside in a special shelter in all but extreme weather. He's well-behaved and used to be rather quiet. He's a Belgian Malinois. The neighbor is extremely unfriendly and not sociable at all. Doesn't say hi or anything.

Our dog (one of them) is a Ratshire Terrier (combination Rat/Yorkshire Terrier) who adores barking. He loves to bark at this poor dog, and has taught the police dog to bark outside and now gets the poor police dog in trouble all the time! Charlie will want to go out just to bark at this poor dog and I don't know what to do. He'll bark at him while he's crouched over pooping. Meanwhile, the officer is yelling out the back door in Dutch or German or whatever language they use to train these dogs at the police dog...it is pandemonium! And at 5am, this is not what a happy neighborhood wants.

Help! We've tried water bottles, treats, distractions, etc....none work with this terrier....he's "all terrier, all the time" and can't be dissuaded from his mission.

Any ideas would be most welcome!

Cam and Harry

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This may or not help in your situation but sometimes excessive barking is the result of pent-up energy. If this is the case, the solution is simple: release that energy in more productive ways.

Krista W.'s profile image Krista W.  ( 2017-02-23 13:35:21 -0600 ) edit

Try switching rooms when this happens and distracting the dog. He's barking to guard you and warn the other dog.

Stefanie C.'s profile image Stefanie C.  ( 2017-02-23 13:35:27 -0600 ) edit

I purchased a sonic egg from petsmart that emits a high frequency sound when they bark. It is safe and can be used outdoors on "High". It has been effective for most the dogs I watch, Also they make collars that spray a gross smell when they bark. these are the safest that I have heard about!

Makinzie P.'s profile image Makinzie P.  ( 2017-02-23 13:35:36 -0600 ) edit

I use the Outdoor Dog Bark Control frequency emitter, you can find it easily at your local pet store or online. Mine looks like a birdhouse! You could fix this somewhere between the two dogs and it will likely reduce or eliminate the barking.

Adrian A.'s profile image Adrian A.  ( 2017-02-23 13:49:34 -0600 ) edit

Thanks for these great ideas! I especially like the smell collar idea.....

Cam M.'s profile image Cam M.  ( 2017-02-23 19:40:22 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2017-02-23 13:44:35 -0600

Hello Cam and Harry! Terriers are little balls of energy, and unfortunately, barking frequently comes from pent-up energy. Here are a few tips to hopefully soothe relations between your dog and the police dog:

  • Get your pup into clicker training. You can train your dog to essentially ignore other dogs in this fashion, and reward them for their success with however they like to be rewarded (pets, treats, whatever they'd like!). A good way to practice is thus - buy a dog clicker - they're found it just about any pet shop, Amazon, and they're quite cheap. Think of a task that you want your dog to be able to achieve, like sitting. You click whenever the dog sits, reward it, and eventually, add a vocal or physical cue.

One you have established a few cues with your pup, you can start to work on having it behave the way you want around other dogs. If you have a friend with a dog, you can introduce the two, but have your dog sit so that it doesn't bark or lunge at the new dog. Click and reward when it does what you want, but start with small goals! Over time, you can get your dog to essentially ignore the other dog, as it will expect a reward for its good behavior.

Good luck!

https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-behavior/barking-and-howling/5-tips-for-handling-nuisance-barking (https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-behavio...)

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I'd love to get him into clicker training, but admit WE aren't disciplined well enough to do it. Perhaps it is time for US to get with the program! Thanks for the great idea...it is time to get to work!

Cam M.'s profile image Cam M.  ( 2017-02-23 19:42:38 -0600 ) edit
answered 2017-02-23 13:45:54 -0600

I would recommend you try the Doggie Don't! Since you have exhausted other options, this simple noise redirection device may be just the ticket. Read more about it's uses here: http://thedoggiedontdevice.com

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We'll look at the Doggie Don't Device, too! Thank you!

Cam M.'s profile image Cam M.  ( 2017-02-23 19:40:49 -0600 ) edit
answered 2017-02-23 13:35:55 -0600

Zap collars can be helpful when other more mild methods of training don't succeed. Many of these collars come with a warning feature as well, that dogs tend to learn quickly, where just a noise or vibration can signal them to stop the behavior.

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We tried a vibration collar, but unless we keep his neck shaved, it doesn't make a connection and he can't feel it. He's got thick, coarse hair. I'm very reluctant to try a zap collar but am keeping it as a last resort!

Cam M.'s profile image Cam M.  ( 2017-02-23 19:39:57 -0600 ) edit

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