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I'm in a great need of help with my dog!  He barks constantly when I am not home.  My neighbors have complained to the point where I am facing civil suit and possibly eviction.  My landlord said I need to come up with a way to shut this dog up, or get rid of him.  I am stuck where I am at because of finances, so moving to a new complex won't help.  The dog is a 2 year old Yorkie.  I have had him for a year.  He is crated during the day because otherwise he eats cat turds and pees all over my house.  He is exercised, and has toys to keep him busy while I work.  I have tried the sonic noise box and a citronella collar to help train him to be quiet but neither worked.  My coworker muzzles her dogs while she is away and suggested I do the same.  I need opinions, something fast!  I have a week to make him be quiet, or I will have to rehome him.  Thanks in advance, petcare! 


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Mar. 8th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
crated with toys and still barking. if not crated, he's peeing all over the house while you're away. sounds like separation anxiety to me.
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
How can I quickly change that so he doesn't need to move out?
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:15 am (UTC)
does he socialise with other dogs? Maybe find a affordable doggie daycare?
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
He gets to the park about twice a week, but more in the summer when it is light outside for longer.
Mar. 8th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Sounds like SA to me. Have you spoken to a vet at all about medication? (It *does* work) and can really help.

Muzzling dogs is cruel. They can't drink, eat or PANT with them on. The only muzzles that should ever be used are 'basket' types but they don't prevent barking.

There are a couple really good dog training groups on LJ you can try. dogsintraining is just one, dog_lovers is another. Both groups are Positive only.
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
The only time me or my family has muzzled a dog of our own was when we had to take Crabby Dog for walks. I feel unsure about muzzling all day long, doesn't it effect their breathing?

Thank you for the suggestions, I will check them out!
Mar. 8th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
We had to use bark collars the ones that zap your dog. we did try the citrus ones but our German Shepherds seemed immune to them.
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I think I would have to use that as a last resort! He's a small dog, I'm afraid a zap would feel like a gunshot to him or something.
Mar. 8th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Please, *please* don't use a bark collar. They don't work and they sometimes malfunction in that instead of just electrocuting the dog when it barks it just constantly electrocutes him, resulting in tremendous pain and burns around the neck. Bark Collars are used by trainers and owners who, ultimately, can't be bothered to put time and effort into training because 99% of issues that they are used for can be solved with positive methods. If your dog has true SA (and it certainly sounds as if he does), a bark collar *will not work*, in fact...it'd probably make it worse. Instead of barking because he's 'alone' he's now barking because he's alone and in pain and he doesn't know why!
Mar. 8th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
It would be last resort and I would probably hate myself for it. I think about rehoming him sometimes anyway. My ex got him when we lived together, then cheated on me and left me with the dog. I'm not a "dog person" but he's been with me for a while so I guess I want to give him a fair chance, if that makes sense. I don't know if rehoming is bad for dogs anyway, especially with SA. Seems like that would make it worse! I am trying to find a dog sitter that's cheap. Daycare is really expensive around here and I definitely can't afford that.
Mar. 8th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
If you find the right home for him, it could really benefit the dog. Maybe a retired couple? Someone who spends a lot of time at home and can be around him a lot.
Mar. 8th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
That's kind of what I was thinking. I work 40 hours a week or more. It makes me sad because I feel like I shouldn't "give up" on him. He irritates me sometimes but mostly he is a good animal. I don't know if it would make the SA worse or not, and I would feel bad if it did and his new owners hated him because of it.
Mar. 8th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
There is no quick fix for this. Your dog is stressed out because you are gone, and expressing it through barking.
The best "quick fix" is to find a dog day care or doggy sitter/friend of yours that he can stay with. I found an awesome retiree through word of mouth for my corgi to stay with while I was at work (this was due to commute convenience, not SA).
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
The only time he has been left with a dogsitter was when I went out of town for 4 days and my brother stayed at my house. I don't have experience with taking him to someone else's house and I don't feel comfortable having strangers in mine. What should I look for? What should I ask?
Mar. 8th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Since you only have a week, daycare or a doggie sitter.

Mar. 8th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm looking for a cheap dog sitter. If I were to take him to daycare, I would be spending $800 a month on it, at the cheapest (and somewhat shady) place around here. Thanks for your help, it's really appreciated!
Mar. 9th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
First off, if I seem short, please don't take it personally. Some of the responses you've gotten are just downright disgusting, and it annoys the hell out of me when people give harmful advice.

Second, to deal with SA, you really are going to have to take some time to do it right. Medication is not the first step, behavior modification is. Using punishment, such as shock collars, citronella collars, collars that make annoying noises, and so on, is not going to help. In fact, it will make things worse. Separation anxiety is, after all, based on anxiety, and when you add pain or fear or more stress to that situation, it will get worse. You may eliminate some behaviors, but other will manifest and/or get worse and you will have a much bigger, more serious problem than the one you started with.

Third, dealing with separation anxiety:

http://www.clickertraining.com/node/1556 (with the exception of the excuse about dogs being pack animals, this is very good advice and a good protocol for dealing with SA)

If you have to do this by a certain time, then you might need to consider either taking time off work to deal with this, hiring a professional non-force based trainer to help you, or boarding, daycare services, or pet sitter services. This just isn't something that you can cure fast, and there are no magic tips or tricks to it. It's a very deep routed issue that takes time.

If you need more real, solid advice, check out dogsintraining.
Mar. 9th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
And of course, by "routed" I mean rooted. Yes.
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