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Dozer has found his voice. If we cannot supervise him 100% in the backyard we put him in his pen. He is good about it most of the time, but has started to bark if we go away, into the house or even sitting on the deck. I know he is barking because he wants to be with us (and/or wants attention) but it has to stop. I tell him "No bark" and he only stops for a second, but as soon as I turn my back he starts up again. He is not the only dog in the neighbourhood that barks, but I don't want to be the owner of a dog that barks everytime he can't be right beside us.

Consistancy is key, as is patience, I know, but what are some good methods to help cure him of this barking habit from a distance without having to approach. I know it will take time and I'm not looking for an overnight solution (though if you have one, please share :p) just ideas.

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Hudler was the same way when he was a pup. I remember we took him camping when he was 12 weeks and he scream holy hell while he was penned in his xpen while we put up the tent. Even at that age, he hung close to us and stayed out of trouble. He also never liked being left in the yard alone either. Now granted there were times there was no option but to crate or pen him, but for the most part he was always with us. We found that allowing him to spend all his time with us helped develop him into a very well adjusted, people-oriented dog. Now that he's older, we can do work in the front yard, and he just lays on the drive way, stays near us. We locked him out by accident once and he sat on the front step watching people.
 

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For the most part he is always with us too, but the times he can't be with us and must be in his outdoor pen (he does not bark at all in his indoor crate) I can't have him barking the entire time.
 

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I am so relieved to find these forums, and this thread! I have a 3 1/2 month old choc lab, who, for the most part, is the most mellow and sweet little guy. He has been fantastic in his crate, especially at night, with no accidents!

However, the neighbours have just made me aware that when we are not home, Louie barks constantly. I try not to leave him alone as much as possible, but I still have to work. I follow the rule of thumb that he should not be in his crate for longer than 4 hours (his age in months plus 1 hour). I leave the radio on, give him frozen kongs, and his favorite snuggle toy.

The neighbours, none of whom have a dog, are telling me they don't think it is normal for my dog to bark like that, and they want me to check with my vet to make sure he is healthy.

This is my first puppy and I am trying to do everything right, but I'm feeling pretty down right now...

Any advice would be appreciated!!!

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Hi everyone,

Very new here, and I too am having this same issue. I wanted to nip this issue in the rear before it gets out of hand. We've only had our new 10 weeker for almost a week, and we are still getting used to each other, but boy can he make noise.

Wanted to bump this for some advise from our ex-barkers.

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Ray
 

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When we first brought Hunter home he would bark if we had him in his pen. I would just walk right past him when he'd be doing it without even glancing at him. After about a week of ignoring him while he was barking he stopped doing it.

He still barks, but it's sort of just a short bark to get our attention now. You may have to be the ones with the loud dog for a little while until he breaks the habit.
 

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Ignore it completely. If you try to teach "quiet", "no bark", etc., I think they'll only do it more. You're giving him attention just by saying the words and that's what he's looking for.

When we first got Macy, she would bark her fool head off as soon as we got home. She wanted out of that crate! Nope, walked right past her, not even looking at her for a couple of days. She learned very quickly to zip it! :)
 

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Limo is the same way, lately. He'll be 4 mos tomorrow and he's found he has a voice also. I do ignore it and end up throwing a toy for him and that makes him happy. It can be annoying, but I know the best way is to ignore, when you're there, of course.
 

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I am having the same problem except Lucy barks at people! When I take her out to use the bathroom she barks at people and other dogs. I don't think she's trying to be aggressive, but sometimes it worries me because I do not want her to be an aggressive dog. I am getting her fixed next weekend and am planning on enrolling her in obedience school after that, but as of right now I don't know what to do when she barks (really loudly!!) at people and dogs. :(
 

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Last Wed was our first training class and Limo WHINED ALOT! It drove me nuts!! The trainer recommends using a squirt bottle, which I've used a little with his jumping, but not whining. I don't know if he whined because of new people/dogs/location....but I need to stop it! Sometimes he even does it at home, not as much, but it seems like when he's frustrated...ex: when he shoves one of his toys under the couch! Please help!!!

One more thing! I don't want to scare him of water, either with the squirt bottle. I try and be discrete when I use it.
 

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From what I've read, Labs love water and you can't really "scare" them with it. It's more the surprise and suddeness than the wetness itself.

My 5 month old isn't a nuisance barker outside or in his crate. He barks inside the house to get our attention when he wants to play. He is persistent and he is LOUD.

It's not for lack of excersize or attention. He walks at least 1.2 miles every day, has plenty of chew toys that get lots of use, "homework" every night where we keep reviewing basic commands over and over (we've progressed to rollover), and a large yard for exploring, running, stick chewing, and games of fetch with balls and frisbees.

He knows the command "Quiet", but I suspect he still barks because he knows he'll get a treat once he performs "Quiet". We've tried turning our backs and leaving the room, but he'll bark at your butt just as much as your face. He barks at the squirt bottle. If we put him outside, he barks at the door, or jumps on it. Then we tried just sticking our fingers in our ears and ignoring him. Well, he eventually stopped...but that method takes so long everytime.

We finally bought an ultrasonic device. It's not a shock collar. It sits on a table top and emits a sound that only dogs can hear once it detects a series of barking. So one bark that says "I need to go out now!" does not set it off. I've noticed it usually takes about 3 barks in a row. So that you can tell it's working, a red indicator light shines when it goes off. I know the dog hears it because I can see his reaction when the light shines. He stops barking and quickly looks around suddenly. We think it is helping, but have been using it for less than a week. We'll know better after 2 weeks or so.
 

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That sounds like something I might need...an ultrasonic collar. Do they make them in collars? Lucy is 8 months old and she has gotten so bad at barking and trying to run at people when we go outside. She doesn't sound like she is playing when she does it but I know it's not like labs to be aggressive. Maybe I can get her one of these...
 

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ultrsonic devices
I don't think that is the site from which that I ordered, but that is the brand. There is a collar available, and also an outdoor remote device. I guess because it is weather proof, whereas the indoor model is not. I thought it was funny because you can surrepticiously correct a neighbor's dog without the neighbor knowing it.
 
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