My foster, a Chow mix, is a barker. And I live in an apt. Now I have a VERY VERY understanding upstairs neighbour but I can't with good conscious let this go on. Chip came to me on Sunday.
The issue is when I leave (when I am home I can easily control the barking). I crate him, and he goes is easily enough. I never make a big deal of leaving.
- He gets a kong AND his meal in the crate (as in, I spill his food in his cage before putting him inside and leaving for work.
- I leave the TV on.
- Rocky is in the same room, unrated
- When I return I say nothing and do not let him out right away. I wait until he settles down and is quiet for a minute before letting him out (again, not making a big deal of it, and I do not address him as he barks)
When I close the door (as I leave) he starts barking. Loud full out barks. I still do not know how long he goes on for (as I do not have a recording devise).
Now I HAVE to bring him on my morning run because it's 5:30 am and I cannot have him barking that early.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Some dogs are very vocal and free with their barking, some aren't. While I'm sure there's a way to diminish the amount of barking by using positive reinforcements, that probably would be a very long road and not 100% effective.
The only thing I can think of for your situation is an anti-bark collar, see
Some of these use a citronella spray, some an ultrasonic whistle.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Is it a varikennel or a wire kennel? Tristan barked in a wire crate, but was quiet in a varikennel.. if you can, try making it dark with a blanket over it, or switch types of crate.
Is he destructive? Any way you could babygate him into a dog-proof room?
I will try to cover his crate more (it's metal).
I am fairly certain he isn't destructive, but I live in a 1 bedroom and there isn't a section to babygate. I don't feel ready to leave him loose - sure he's fine when I am around but when he's mad at being left alone is another story.
I will try a short time alone uncrated. I'm not sure that will stop the barking, the barking is directly linked to my leaving not the crate. THis would go with what BobPr says I guess.
As it's a foster and we're still working on trust I can't do the collar just yet. I would probably request a foster switch before I did that. Or if he ends up with me for more than a month I'll go that route!
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Tanya I -I think you have nailed the reason he's barking - he's insecure when you leaveOriginally Posted by kaytris
I'm betting he settles pretty quickly to enjoy the kong/bones/treats but he needs to tell you that he isn't happy you are leaving
give him a well covered den as Kaytris suggests - it'll muffle the noise a little if nothing else
and rehearse crating him and rewarding him for not barking - leave a little gap at the top so you can rain "manna from heaven" on his little head without him super associating it with you
work up to wlaking out the apartment and coming right back in to reward
then standing in the apartment hall for 1-2-5 minutes
even just once every other day will help - slowly usually just so you are warned
and be careful when you place him that the people are prepared to deal with this symptom of anxiety kindly or it could escalate into full blown anxiety
hang in there and have fun learning from this dude too
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We had the same problem with our puppy. My boyfriend leaves early for work and would put Moose in his kennel while I TRIED to sleep a little longer. Once my boyfriend left, Moose would start whining and barking. We're also in an apartment building, so I know how hard it is. Moose's kennel has a blanket over it, so I was able to sneak up behind him and stick the nozzle of a squirt bottle between the wires of his kennel. When he'd bark, I'd spray him. He didn't know I was there, but he didn't like getting squirted from this mysterious squirt bottle, so he'd eventually be quiet. It also helps to leave the apartment for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. but keep it varied. He'll eventually realize that you WILL come back and hopefully won't bark. We also bought a Kong for Moose and filled it with a few treats and some peanut butter. When we get home, the Kong is licked clean and he's sleeping.