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Old 07-02-2010, 10:47 AM
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Barking While At Work. Need Help.

Hello All,

I posted a few months ago about obedience class for our dogs since we are moving to a new house. Well I got some really great advice so now I have another problem.

A quick backstory is that we just moved into our new house this last weekend. We brought our two dogs (a 6 year old Akida and a 2 year old mix maybe chihuaha, datsun, and terrier). We have never had a complaint about our dogs until ... the first day we brought them home. It is very ridiculous about what our neighbor complained about but I will spare you the details and get to the point.

She basically says that while my Wife and I are at work (no kids or anybody else living at our house) that the dogs are barking constantly. At the postman, at the meterman, at her when she goes into her backyard, so basically all the time. She states of course. One more clarification is that we both have pretty much 8-5 jobs. We usually leave by 7 and are home before 5. We keep them inside when we are home and at night.

I live in Granada Hills, CA which is in the Los Angeles County. I think this is our law.

Los Angeles Animal Services

Basically anybody can complain if they find the dogs barking to be an annoyance to the neighborhood, NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY IT IS.

When we are home, they are calm. They do bark when the hear something or other dogs barking but I know that is normal. Occasionally it is just a few barks and then they stop. Either way, if it turns out that they do bark non stop during the day like this neighbor states, what can we even do about it? Will obedience classes even help? We just moved in this last weekend and have had no time to look up classes.

I feel like we're trapped with nothing to do and I love our dogs. I mean, they haven't had time to get used to their surroundings yet. Is it out of the question to think that in a week or so when they familiarize themselves with their new home that they will calm down? I don't want to get shock collars or those sound emitting devices. I would rather pay for training.

In other words, I'm lost and need help.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:34 PM
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Hmmm...

Get a voice recorder and set it up to see how long they bark when you are gone. They may bark non-stop but maybe you just have a neighbor who likes to complain.
If they do not bark non-stop and your neighbor continues to complain, then I would continue to record the dogs so that you have proof incase she files a complaint with animal control.

If your dogs are barking a lot (even if it isn't constant barking), then I would up the exercise (tired dogs are good dogs!). Get up earlier and take them for a nice walk.
Also provide them with things to do while you are gone. For example, when we go to work, I give my dogs frozen kongs to keep them busy at least for a little while. I also hide treats throughout my house for my Min Pin to find.

If they were quiet at your old house, they will likely calm down and be quiet during the day after they settle into the new house. Their barking could just be due to excitement/anxiety of having moved to a new house.

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^^^^THIS!^^^^ Perfect advice! everything! Especially recording the dogs in case your neighbor is flat out lying and if she isnt then providing them with something to do.
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are they indoors or outside?
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Sorry Criosphynx for some reason I didn't get an email about your post and thought nobody else posted.

While we are gone at work they are outside. Any other time they are indoors. We work about 30-45 minutes one way so there is no way we can come back at lunch to let them out (assuming we keep them inside when we leave from work).

Well, a few updates. We haven't heard a peep from our neighbors so we thought the dogs had settled down. But we again got a complaint from two neighbors now. One the same and one different. Nothing hostile just saying that our dogs bark constantly. Of course at the postman, gardeners, etc, so normal things dogs would bark at. When I think about it gets me a bit upset that they are upset about dogs being dogs especially when there are nosier dogs/owners on our street. Either way, I want to try to work with them. I'm not going to use any type of collar or sound thing as our dogs are doing what they are supposed to do and what is natural for them.

I have been exercising them after I come home from work atleast a 10-15 minute jog so usually like a mile (honestly I'm beat before them). I usually try to go for 2 miles which turns out to be more like 30 minutes. I've tried to do this about 3 times a week. Would it help to start trying to do that in the morning instead? If I should up the time, how much longer? Should I try to do this everyday and just walk on the days that I'm too tired to jog?

We are putting up tarps on our chain link gates that look out to the front so they can't just lounge in front and stare out. Other than that and maybe exercise, I don't know what else to do.

I called animal services and they said I don't have too much to worry about. My dogs are licensed, up to date on shots, and regular check ups. Since I'm trying to work on the problem and I'm not just letting the bark all day/night, there really isn't anything else I can do.

Also what is frozen Kongs?

Any and all advice would be appreciated.
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Just a fore warning they can take you to court and if they have proof (video) then you can definitely be fined so don't let the animal control tell you that you shouldn't worry.

Have you thought about crate training for while you are gone? I understand you say they only bark at people walking by or coming up to the home and leaving, but without being there and without recording it you really don't know how often or how long it occurs.

Frozen kong is when you take a kong and stuff with it something like peanut butter, freeze it, then give it to them. It gives them something to do for a lil while
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We are putting up tarps on our chain link gates that look out to the front so they can't just lounge in front and stare out. Other than that and maybe exercise, I don't know what else to do.
this is a good idea. While my dogs are not outside alone, they would still bark at any little thing until I covered my chainlink. I used a product called "fenceweave" so it would be attractive. It certainly did help quite a bit (as did planting things at the fenceline for further visual barriers)

Is it out of the question to crate train them and keep them inside during the day?
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I hear what you are saying pawzaddict. This is definitely a concern but at least in talking with animal control, there are a few steps before it would turn to litigation and fines. Definitely not going to sit by and trust in their opinion which will probably carry very little weight in court. And the kong's is exactly what I read about as well. I'll try that out as well. I know my little one love's peanut butter.

To Criosphynx, yeah, I was at osh and although I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, they had these sun shade tarps or something of the sorts. It was only about 30 bucks for 6X20 which is plenty to even double them up so they are more opaque.

I haven't looked into crate training. They are house trained if that is even a term. They actually haven't had an accident in the house when we leave them inside. They don't rummage through the trash or nab food off the counters. I just thought that ~10 hours is too long to keep them in the house.
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Whatever you do,don't get a bark collar.My neighbor had this issue and they put a bark collar on their dog.Now there dog never makes a noise and hides under a pine tree.It shakes every time somebody gets near it!I think that is cruelty.
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Hi there. I have a question.Why are the dogs outside when you are gone? Even if they didn't bark at all, don't you get any concern of someone poisoning your dogs someday just because they are there? I know it might sound stupid but it is a possibility. I know it sounds far fetched but I know no matter how big a yard I had I would never let my dogs outside alone while I'm not there.

I think you should really consider crate training them and keeping them in their crates inside the house while you are away. That way they will be quiet and safe till one of you return home.

Otherwise if your dogs are OK to stay inside the house and you know they will behave you can do that as well (with some toys and kongs to keep them bussy) but if they do not know how to behave well inside when you are gone and are stressed out then the crate is the only solution for the dogs to be safe and your house not becoming a war zone.
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