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Bark Away

Updated on October 12, 2013

Difficult Dachsund

Plain water and small spray bottle tactic may stop annoying and excessive barking.

My boyfriend bought a miniature dachshund as a birthday present for his mother. He thought a pet would be company for his mother as she is by herself much of the time. The miniature dachshund (Mandy) adopted at six weeks old received a warm welcome home. It seemed as if Mandy would be the perfect addition to the small family.

Loyal to one. My boyfriends mother loves her new pet and provides Mandy with great care and attention. Unexpectedly, the new pet falls in love with the man of the house. Mandy adores "her brother" and enjoys every moment possible being close to him. The fact was easily accepted and all was well and fine. Until two years later.

"The Intruder" Me! While visiting their house Mandy barked at me for days. One time she took a pee on my side of the bed! Attempts made to befriend Mandy failed. I thought she was fearful because I was a stranger. Five years later the behaviors continued. I love doggies but It had came to the point that I couldn't stand Mandy and her annoying behaviors.

After, researching the dachshund breed on the WWW . I learned that dachshunds have to be introduced from day one on house training and socializing. Consistency is the only thing that will actually teach the animal what is expected. Any harsh punishment is useless with a miniature Dachshund! Fly swatter threats for barking, pooping or peeing on the carpet isn't effective. The stubborn streak is part of the dachshunds nature. It's possible to train some dogs to follow direction but almost impossible to train others. Like humans, individual personalities and environment influence behaviors and habits.

Me and Sepallo

Can you teach an old dog a new tactic? Yes!

While visiting at my daughters house, the family dog "Sepallo" a large dog had a tendency to jump on me and ignore commands to "get down". My daughter handed me a small spray bottle with plain water in it. She said, to spray Sepallo, if he continued to jump up on me and not listen when I tell him to get down. When Sepallo jumped up on me several times and, didn't listen when I told him to get down. I sprayed him and, amazingly the he retreated. Spraying with a mist of water is an effective way to stop dogs and, cats bad behaviors.The water spraying tactic is recommend by some veterinarians

I was skeptical that spraying a mist of water toward Mandy would have any effect on her excessive barking. One day when Mandy was barking for what seemed like hours, I sprayed her with a mist of water. She ran into the closet and stopped barking. I couldn't believe it! Now she stops barking when a spray bottle is in sight without being sprayed. WOW! after all these years, a simple spray of water solves a very irritating problem.

I like and understand Mandy better now. She is a product of her environment and her nature. Mandy, enjoys time with her "brother" and good food. The "intruder" me has became a familiar trespasser she tolerates. I think they should adopt another pet, that would be interesting!


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    • ExpandYourMind profile image

      ExpandYourMind 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Pretty funny. Thanks for the advice.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 7 years ago from UK

      I was thinking that water spray is only useful with cats. Thank you for this information! Voted up :)

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      Donna 7 years ago from Danville, IL

      Yes the water thing isn't as effective for the outside dogs. The water trick is better with house pets. There is so much stimulis outside that cause dogs to bark, a person could wear themselves out running in and out!

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      Mark Ewbie 7 years ago from Euroland

      We do the water thing. Or we did. Dog barks, get water, go to dog - dog sees water and stops barking. Go back indoors. Dog starts barking. They have trained us quite well now. We don't bother with getting the water so much.