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The following is with thanks to APSE – Association of Pet Sitting Excellence in which I’m a continued member


The Pet Nanny from Trinity replies:

I don’t really like the idea of any type of collar as a deterrent, citronella, shock or any other type. I feel that humans should be doing the training, not relying on a collar to do it.

I had never heard of ultrasonic birdhouses so I googled it and found this article.…ird-house-3449 I didn’t read the whole thing but again, I think good old fashioned human training works best.

The idea behind the collars and the water is to surprise the dog so that it stops barking. A quick spray by a bottle isn’t going make a dog afraid of water, in fact they probably don’t even realize that it’s water, they just know that something startled them. Spraying with water isn’t going to train them to never bark.

I understand wanting to curb a dog who is incessantly barking for no reason but collars and other items tend to make them leery of barking at all and that’s what dogs do…they bark. I have 2 cats who meow incessantly and I always threaten them by saying if they don’t stop meowing I’m getting them de-meowed. They never listen and continue meowing. You know why? Cuz cats meow.

If the dog is barking at outside noises while the owner is away then the simplest remedy is to leave a radio or TV on so the noise is drowned out. If the dog barks at noises while they’re home they can do the same thing or do something to distract the dog as soon as it starts barking.

Don’t you work with a behaviorist who would be better suited and educated to answer this type of question?

Yes we do – we can recommend Nutty Dog

WestFetch replies

The commentor mentioned this was a new house. Was this a problem before? Anytime you bring a dog into a new environment with new sounds, smells, etc., they’re going to be on high alert. It may just be a matter of giving the dog some time to get acclimated to their new environment.

I remember when we got a new fridge with an ice maker many years ago (no more trays!). Our dog at the time, Ashley, barked each time the ice dropped into the bin. It stopped after a couple days after she figured out it was nothing 


Another organisation that I’m a member is Professional United Pet Sitters … here are some of their replies:

Riverplace Pet Care LLC replies:

Tell them to not waste their time, Maltese are just that way 😉

I’ve had 3 and they all have alot to say until they get it out of their system. My daily barks alot when I pick up his leash, leash him up and get to the front door. Then his entire focus is on walking and he stops barking.

Well, I guess I’d say LOTS of exercise is the detterent to barking. They only bark when they have too much energy to release or they’re excited and happy about something.

Finicky Feline and Fido replies:

One training method I use and recommend for reactive dogs is distraction training. This means using a high value treat, distracting them or luring their attention back to you, giving them a “job” like sit, and then rewarding them.

In shaping this behavior, when your dog hears something that prompts them to bark at it…we want them to first look at you, or check-in with you first. They get rewarded for checking in and eventually they stop barking at every little thing.

To do this shaping you will need a partner outside to instigate the barking. In side you will want to distract, give job(like sit, shake, down), reward. Once in that position the partner continues to randomly instigate or try to provoke a response from the dog. Each time the dog looks to you first, and doesn’t bark, you want to reward that behavior with praise or click and a high value treat.

You will want to watch your dog closely. The minute they acknowlege the trigger(looking or ears perk up) you want to reward before the bark and focus attention on you.

This should take several weeks and practice several times a day to see an improvement
Videos of this type of training: Lunging Reactive Training 1

These are examples of this type of training and can be modified to use in the home. The theory is the same.


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