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Old 12-08-2018, 07:33 PM
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Senior Lab with New Barking Issue

Our lovely girl is 13 and deaf, but otherwise happy -- as long as we are around. She can no longer go upstairs so I sleep with her in the downstairs guest room. This is a must because when I go upstairs or leave the house she barks, and she would bark all night. She was not much of a barker until recently. Now, I spend as much time as possible downstairs, but I do need to go upstairs sometimes, and she will bark the whole time I am up there. I do need to leave early sometimes, and she will bark and wake up anyone trying to sleep. I have tried holding her muzzle and saying NO when I catch her barking, but she goes back to it again. I will NOT use a shock collar.

Any advice???
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:58 AM
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I don't know if it is because they cannot hear but my 14 year old Shih Tzu x Maltese and other dogs that I know of have seemed to bark more as they got older. I sometimes wonder if the fact they cannot hear themselves makes a difference. They do mentally deteriorate as they get older so I certainly would not punish them for barking even though it is annoying. They seem to get scared when left alone. Is there anyone the dog can be with when you have to leave?
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