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Stopping “Sir Barks A Lot"

Updated on November 3, 2014

Sir Barks A Lot | Source

The Offender - Dudley Blu

My beloved Shih Tzu Dudley has one flaw, he’s a habitual barker. We have recently moved and when we built our house, he weren’t thinking about the insanity that would soon accompany each day. Dudley sits by the door and looks out the window and barks for hours on end.

I’m a writer, blogger; author and you can imagine how I feel each day dealing with the unrelenting barking.

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I have tried these things:

  • Being calm and assertive (The Dog Whisperer’s advice)
  • The Pet Safe Indoor Bark Control Ultrasonic Pet Training System
  • Used treats for positive reinforcement
  • Begged and pleaded (on the verge of tears!) Oh yeah, it’s bad
  • I have used “touch” to distract his attention and I must say it sort of works but not for long. (The Dog Whisperer’s advice)
  • I’ve sprayed him with Listerine (Vet suggested it) It doesn’t hurt them but they hate the taste.
  • Calm Vests

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I'm a huge fan of The Dog Whisperer, and I believe that he can do what he says and that it's my fault that Dudley doesn't respect me, after all I am his mommy and he runs to me when he's sick or scared, and I mother him. I'm not the leader of my pack and I need to be in order to change Dudley's barking issue. I don't exactly evoke the feeling of being "The Leader of the Pack" when I'm making him feel as though he's right to be upset. In a dogs mind it makes him not respect me even though he loves me deeply he won't let me out of his sight ever.

You're supposed to act like nothing is wrong and not snuggle with them until the fear subsides. I have a really hard time doing that when he's shaking and scared that he might throw up (Yes, he runs to me and has actually thrown up on me before.) Yuck!

Shih tzu's often sneeze backwards which is odd and Dudley often thinks he is choking and will run for me to save him. Have a hard time acting like nothings wrong when he's standing on me shivering and gagging.

Dog Whisperer's Tip

Be Calm and Assertive - Never yell, scream at your dog, they just think you are joining in on the fun which encourages more barking.

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Make The Barking Stop!

As the pack leader, it's your job to step in and control excessive barking. Here are my 5 tips to help you stop nuisance barking for good.

"Give them a stern look or touch them then wait until your dog completely submits and stops barking before you go back to what you were doing."

"Excessive barking is often the result of pent-up energy. If this is the case, the solution is simple: release that energy in more productive ways."


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