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Old 10-16-2009, 09:06 AM
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Barking at the TV

Recently my 16 month old Weimaraner has gone crazy whenever another animal appears on the TV. I tell him to get "out" of the room and he will leave only to whine like crazy in the next room. I just wondered if anyone else had this problem with their dog and how to correct it. I like watching dog programmes but unless i shut him away he goes crazy. I can't leave him to bark at the TV because he will jump up at it (not good on a flat screen!). Any help would be much appreciated.
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LOL my dogs do it, I simply tell them "show me" get up and walk over then tell them "yes" then pet them. If that does not stop the barking I snag their attention away from the TV by asking them to do a trick.

I do this because they will never not bark for us and I would rather them do a simple "look what I see" bark than an all out anxiety attack

Does this make sense? You can try starting off with "enough, come" all in a calm voice don't show anger. even "quit" works. It will take time, but I think your gorgeous male is either excited or warning you that another animal is in the house
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They used to say that dogs could not see TV. But it's garbage-dogs can, and many do respond.

My parent's dog Mandy will respond to a frozen (paused) image of an animal with no sound on. She is obviously seeing the animal. She also responds to CG dinosaurs, and any violence in movies. She actually bites at the screen.

You could try several different things, and it just depends on the results you want.

For Mandy, we didn't want the TV ruined or it falling on her. So we anchored the TV's so they couldn't tip, and taught her to get a toy if she was going to go 'nutz' at an animal. So she will go get a chew toy, and come back to the TV and attack the chewtoy in her mouth, while watching the screen.

If you want your dog to be quiet, you will want to condition him to be quiet. So you'll have to teach the command 'quiet' or 'shut up' or whatever you like. First start by teaching 'speak' -then when he's speaking, teach 'quiet' and praise for him quieting. (Teaching speak is easy, get a treat, give the command -again whatever you want it to be, then wait. Your dog will eventually bark to tell you he wants the treat-then give it to him and praise. Any dog I've taught this to learned in minutes).

The other route you could go is conditioning him not to respond. So when he goes crazy at the TV, correct him. You can do this by shouting no and clapping your hands, you could use the mysterious noisy can (Tape a pop can with some pennies in it shut-when he barks at the TV toss it near him. It's noisy and will stop the behavior, and the correction 'did not come from you' -this works for dogs who get upset getting corrections from their owners. They just learn some mysterious loud thing will be loud if they are bad) or you spray with water. -be consistent with the conditioning and he should stop the response fairly quickly, or at least stop barking.

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Thanks very much i'll try all those ideas and see what works. I was starting to worry about how much the TV bothered him, he was just barking at a Special K advert which had a big chocolate muffin with eyes lol. Noises don't bother him so much so i might use the toy as he is very toy orientated.
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Thanks very much i'll try all those ideas and see what works. I was starting to worry about how much the TV bothered him, he was just barking at a Special K advert which had a big chocolate muffin with eyes lol. Noises don't bother him so much so i might use the toy as he is very toy orientated.
That can make anybody bark!!!! scary! LOL
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LMAO That's too funny!!

My parent's dog(Mandy) especially hates:
the cat at the beginning of Coronation street.
Al the Alasaurus (discovery channel),
Hubert-the guy who pretends to be a cat on the cat food commercials(YouTube - According to Hubert - Whiskas Commercial),
and SHARKS!!
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LOL at least its not just Casper then. I was starting to think only my dog did it. I asked my Dad and he said his Doberman has never noticed the TV before. Should i use the same correction technique if he's barking at a picture of a dog? I took him to the vets for his booster jabs a few months ago and he went crazy at this cardboard cut out of the drontel dog. I was really confused and i know the vets is a scary place (especially after the castration...) but i had no idea what to do. The vets got it down for him to look at but as soon as they put it back on the counter he carried on barking. I even had cheese with me but he wasn't interested.
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Now that's funny :P You could do the same thing with pictures if he's really doing it alot. If it's just a sometimes thing, that 'look at this' game could work as pawz suggested. Just point at something 'whats that' or distract with some 'puppy push ups' lay down, sit, lay down, sit

Some dogs notice things like that but not many! Mikey would never even notice it or care, but your dog soudns like Mandy. Once we were walking and she saw a snowman (the plastic decorative kind) and she slunk down, tail tucked and wanted to get out of there!

Vet's office is hard. Most dogs are really nervous and won't take treats there anyways. We just pop into our vets office sometimes to sit in the waiting room, so that not every trip to the vet is scary!
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Thanks i'll give that a go. Thanks for all the help
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