If my horse were afraid of the weed whacker noise, I know how I would get him over it--through desentizing; e.g. taking away the pressure when he relaxes. I'm wondering if this process would work for a Lab? I haven't ever owned a dog who bark at the power tools. What do you suggest I try? Thanks (again) for your help.
my poodle barks and chases the vaccuum cleaner...we just let her go for it, she seems to enjoy it...
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
I wouldnt let a dog attack a weed whacker!! Does your dog know the word enough braking? I would have someone start the weed whacker up and if she goes to bark I would correct her and say enough or whatever you use for quite. When she quits barking give her a high quality re-ward. Keep doing it practice 5 minutes a day 2 times a day, so she learns weed whacker=treat. Eventually you can take the treat away but it will take awhile.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
I keep my dogs indoors when the weed whacker is being used. Any kind of lawn tool like that can kick up rocks/debris and cause injury particularly to eyes. So - my answer to your problem is to separate them.
Sharon - still not a dude.
He doesn't attack. He just barks. Your suggestion is pretty much in line with what we are going to do. We'ved owned 6 dogs. He's the first to do this. He's adopted and has been in our care for two and weeks. I don't know what he knows yet, but there are big holes in his training. I'm confident we can bring him through this successfully. I just thought I'd check in to see what other ideas are out there.
Thanks for helping out.
Our previous dog (a Pit that we got when she was about 2 weeks old; abandoned in a rental house) used to bark at and jump at the vaccuum cleaner. We cured her turning it on and when she started, I would step toward her and say "NO" firmly. Basically I used a Ceasar trick in "claiming the space" around the vaccuum. Took about 4 times of stepping toward her and saying "NO" b ut she never did it again after that....
I put Yeller on a lead and brought him to the weed whacker while it was off. Let him sniff it and rewarded him with "good boy" and enthusiastic back scratches. Then I walked him away from it, while my husband turned it on. As Yeller stood still and silent, I rewarded him. We moved (at a safe distance) around the tool as it was being operated. I kept rewarding him for his good behavior. He never uttered a sound and showed no signs of fear. Phew.
Next, we did the same thing with the leaf blower. We went through the same process. He was fine.
My lab doesn't shut up when any power tool is near her. We just let her bark it out, the same way we let the baby cry at night
I'm with Sharon - your dog shouldn't be near motorized gardening tools, weed whacker, leaf blower or otherwise. It's all fun & games, til someone loses an eye....
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