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Date Posted: 00:57:03 01/31/05 Mon
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: Barking Bully
In reply to: Loretta Hale 's message, "Barking Bully" on 11:56:53 01/28/05 Fri

Hi Loretta,

I have to say with your situation, I don't want to give you advice. Here's why.

Your new dog's barking may be fear based. If so, using the correction methods you've tried won't work. In fact, it will make the problem worse. However, I can't tell if it's fear based without an in-home visit and a long talk with you.

I don't live in Nashville to know of any trainers there, but there's a list I believe on ddeaf.com of trainers who have experience with deaf dogs. However most any good trainer should be able to help you with a deaf dog. Training a deaf dog isn't too much different than training a hearing one, so ask around to co-workers and friends. In your case especially, make sure the trainer is all-positive. I think you may need to work on this behavior from a positive - not a correction standpoint.

also, you've only had your dog for three weeks. Breaking a barking habit takes months. I believe a trainer I heard at a recent seminar said it takes 30 days of consistant training (that means getting and correcting or praising the behavior EVERY time) to break a habit.

However, since your dog's barking may be fear based, I wouldn't wait to get to a trainer to get help here. If possible, an even better option is to find an animal behaviorist. I live in Oklahoma City, and there isn't an animal behaviorist in the entire state. But that would be your best bet, if Nashville has one. If not, a good trainer can help. Be prepared to work this behavior over and over and over. Even with my hearing dogs, I bet I told them "quite" and gave my mild correction 1,000 times before I began to see small results. Seriously. Probably 1,000 times. but again, since your dog's behavior may be fear based, you'll need to learn new methods to deal with it, so get to a trainer.

Good luck. Let us know if you find a trainer.

Sorry it took me so long to write. I've been out of town at a dog show.


>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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