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Gambling With Your Life – How I Learned Not to Bark at Absolutely Everything

Jan 22, 2015 | Post by: Miss PishPosh 2 Comments

Flat Eared Sasha2What do you bark at?  On a daily basis, I’ve been known to bark at all of the following:

  1. The Front Door;
  2. People I know, People I don’t know; and
  3. All Foreign Objects such as:

T.V.

vacuum

broom

cows

wind

shadows

zombies

cats

myself in the mirror.

What can I say?  I’m a risk taker.  Losing my cool under fire is an everyday occurrence. My original family even went to the extreme of mutilating me with two debarking surgeries.

The surgeries quieted my voice but – SURPRISE – did nothing to stop the underlying reasons why I was barking.  Dogs bark for many reasons. My favorites are:

for attention

at trigger objects

in fear

as a territory defense

just plain old boredom

In my case it was most likely separation anxiety and boredom because I lived in a hard sided cat travel carrier all day – every day, was not invited to join the family and was not trained at all. But you know that already.  I successfully made it through rescue and fostering but arrived in my forever home with issues that needed to be addressed.

We found out the hard way that if I bark at an off leash dog the size and genetics of a German Shepard, he was going to bark back and attack me.  I slipped out of my harness and ran as fast as I could home, but he caught me, rolled me and went in for the final shake.  Diana got there first and broke things up. She picked me up and we ran in the house, slamming the door.

Guess what?  I kept on barking behind the safety and security of the solid door.  It’s true.  Cause and effect mean zippo – nada – blank – empty shells – to me.

Things changed that afternoon.  Diana talked with my rescue group about what to do.  Based on their recommendation, she hired Bark Busters.  With Bark Busters extensive experience and training, Diana and Michael are now trained enough to limit my barking boundaries so I haven’t almost been nearly killed recently.

(*taps noggin with paw*)

(Notice I said they are trained…Heh…Heh…) 

I’m not qualified to recommend a trainer or training theory.  I’m a dog.  I don’t know who to pick or what will work for you and your people plus I can’t dial the phone for you.  All I know is that there is a ton of training information out there on how to curb barking.  Bark Busters worked for us and could work for you. Get your people to invest in some Google time and find some good sites or a hire a reputable trainer.  Barking at the wrong things can scare the cheese out of you and might even get you killed.

^ . . ^

 Woof!

2 Comments to Gambling With Your Life – How I Learned Not to Bark at Absolutely Everything

  1. Francy
    January 22, 2015 6:33 pm

    Our little MalShi Kirbee Dude came to us without a voice box…he can bark but no sound comes out. We brought him in to our family at age 11 and that was 3 yrs ago. Lately, we think Kirbee is healing…you can actually hear him slightly yip…yeah…HEAL

  2. Rachelle Reese
    February 21, 2015 12:44 pm

    Mickey is the same way — but he has an intact voice box. He constantly challenges our big outside dogs. Luckily, there is a window between him and them. I’m glad you are learning to be more cautious about who you bark at.

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