We're Bacccckkkkkkk!!!!! BUT with a giant problem

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So, We've been missing for a few months due to my lack of free time to post on here between work and school.  Everything is going well, Athena is wonderful too.  She has been doing great with the house training, leash walking, playing with other dogs, etc.  However, she has recently started barking uncontrollably.  I do not know why or what she's even barking at.  She just goes around the house looking out windows barking and when we let her out she runs to the edge of the yard barking for minutes at a time.  I can see this being a territorial thing, but she also barks at others who are in their own yard or across the street far away from us.  I'm about to lose it because she does it in the middle of the night to and won't stop and will not listen when we tell her NO.  I just don't get it all of the sudden it's like a switch turns on and she goes off.  I don't even know if this is normal that's what is making me nervous. 

But here are some pictures of the princess, she is getting so big and such a cuddle bug

 

 

 

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Is Athena treat oriented?  Ziva would scale a mountain for food, so I use that knowledge to my advantage.  She also likes to bark at anything and everything when she's in the house, and as soon as she barks, she gets all the little guys riled up to bark, too, so it was a MUST that I find a way to discourage it.  First off, a squirt bottle of water does wonders.  Secondly, when Z would start barking, I would go see what she was barking at, tell her it's ok, and then get her attention with a toy or a treat, all the while making a "shhhh" noise at her and telling her "quiet".  As soon as she stopped barking, I tell her "GOOD QUIET" and reward her.  If she started barking again, I made a "EHHH" noise, redirected her again with "shhh, quiet" and paid her off when she got quiet telliing her 'good quiet'.  It takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and lots of treats, but we are about 90% right now on stopping barking when I tell her "QUIET" whether I have a treat handy or not.

Athena is adorable with her hoodie/sweater on!

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The pictures are so adorable!  I don't really have any advice - just wanted to comment on the photos!

Boomer will sometimes bark and bark and bark, but we are able to distract him, and he'll stop.  If he's alone in the yard, he'll do the same thing as Athena.  So, he's not often out there alone.  He doesn't really bark in the house unless he happens to see or hear something strange.  Then he'll make a few circles around the house (we have a ranch, and everything's kind of connected in a big circle) looking out the windows and doing a low growl.  Usually I say, "It's ok, Boomer," and he'll settle down.  My sympathies to you on the night barking.  I have never experienced that and hope I never have to!

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She has become a beauty:) Leo does the guard dog barking.Sometimes it's warranted and sometimes not. Most of the time I recognize the difference. I let him out to check and tell him good job, it's ok. When he's just in a mood over nothing I go to the patio door and look without opening. Then tell him it's ok and distract like Z's Dad. She's probably just beginning to understand her job in protection. You'll just want to help her figure out what is a threat or unusual and what she has to chill about:)

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Beautiful pics, can't really help with the barking as my 2 don't really bark unless there is something (squirrel) or someone to bark at.  But I do love the pictures esp.with the hat

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as i began reading this sasha began barking and growling, looking out the window behind my desk....she doesnt do the nite barking, thank goodness, but if she spots another dog, person or animal going down the road she starts in....i have got to where i raise the blinds and tell her its ok and talk softly and tell her shhh....that really hasnt worked yet but we are trying.....she'll somehow spot the neighbor in his yard across the street, with the blinds closed (still not sure how-maybe she has xray vision) and ive tried to tell her that she cant eat him in his yard lol....i think i will try pauls method b/c girl loves her some treats

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AT the beginning of your first post you stated you have been super busy with school and work....maybe your dobergirl is BORED...

Dobe's need to be exercised alot and do even better if they have jobs to do....HOw much exercise (mental and physical) is she getting in a day? 

 

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I tend to agree that exercising your dog can alleviate many of the problems. Your dog might sleep better at night, pull less when walked, act less aggressive towards others, etc because she is worn out. I also taught Jax to speak (bark) and of course, to shut up. This came in handy when Jax occasionally barked. Like TaniaShari said, the young ones will need a lot of exercise. Jax gets two hours a day at the field (hr in the morning and hr in the evening).  

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Gideon takes his cue from our collies, who stay outside and bark at certain (but not all) neighbors, passersby, and squirrels. Interesting thing though: years ago we had German Shephards who barked a lot. I trained them to quiet down when I tapped my ring on the window. As the collies phased in, the GSDs taught them the rule; the collies have now taught Gideon the rule. Works well - recommend you do some trial and error and see what works for redirection, along with the exercise advice others have given.

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Hi guys,

Thanks for all the advice.  We've been working on the whole quiet and then receiving a treat thing for the past couple days and she's slowly starting to get the hang of it.  The barking hasn't been as bad as before.  But I did think of something that is triggering it.  A couple months ago I let her outside and she saw a HUGE raccoon and starting flipping out and I've never seen her go that crazy.  Ever since then she runs outside barking like she is trying to scare it off, and sniffs the same spot she saw it at (it's probably still living there).  I think that's the number one contributor to it because she barks at nothing more than she does at people.  I'll keep you updated.

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Oh and as far as exercise, she is home with my boyfriend all day long.  They take walks, play fetch in the field behind our house, or play in the house.  But she hates being outside because of the cold weather here and whines five minutes after being outside.  I just don't know what to do with her to keep her happy.

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Gunnar was CONSTANTLY barking at other dogs, esp at the first obedience class. about 1/2 hour of his barking and I could not get him to stop. The trainer came over and asked me if I would mind if she used BITTER APPLE on him.....he barked again, she said "QUIET' very sternly...he barked again she said "QUIET" sternly again and very quickly shot a spray of bitter apple in his mouth! HE started salivatating badly for a few minutes.......after a few minutes it wore off and he barked again..she said QUIET and he immedietly shut up. She told me that through the rest of the class, and later at home, when he nuisance barked to say QUIET.....if he barked again to aim the bottle of bitter apple at him but do not spary in his mouth..and do this each time her barked for no reason . She said if I had to command him to be QUIET more than a few times to spray the bitter after under his chin (too be very careful not to spray to get in eyes). It has pretty much detered Gunnars barking A LOT!  HE does not get told to be quiet if he is barking FOR A REASOn (such as someone at door, someone outside, etc). We have not had to spray it in his mouth ever again, altho she said some dogs may need it more than once.  DO NOT SPRAY NEAR EYES or AT NOSE...only directly in mouth, and if extra spray is needed it goes UNDER dogs chin...he will get slight taste of spray and get the picture!