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Date Posted: 11:56:53 01/28/05 Fri
Author: Loretta Hale
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Subject: Barking Bully

I have recently adopted a 3-5 year old deaf Bull Terrier. He is a great dog, except for the barking. He was adopted out once before and returned because he barked. He seems to get nervous at night. We have covered our windows, but he still seems to be able to tell if a car goes by. I have tried standing in front of him, blocking his view of the windows, and giving him my "no" face, shaking my finger. That didn't work, though my husband got a kick out of it. I've tried gently muzzling him with my hands. That didn't work. I have tried squirting him with water (I didn't have vinegar in it though). That just seemed to excite him more. I've tried leaving the training collar on him and giving him a yank when he barks. That seems to get him more excited as well. Today he started barking during the day. I don't have any idea, unless it's the vibration of the construction vehicles (we live in a new development) how he know's a truck or school bus is passing by. I wonder if the more comfortable he gets in our house (we've had him three weeks now), the more protective of it he is. He has started barking when we let him out in our fenced yard and there is nothing to even bark at. No one is out. He didn't do that when we first brought him home. Other than that he is a great dog. Loving. Playful. I refuse to give up. Help.
Loretta Hale
P.S. I live in the Nashville area, is there a trainer in the area with experience with deaf dogs?

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