So, my dog Nola is a barker. She barks at cars passing the house. She barks at other dogs and just can’t seem to get along with other dogs very well. She will bark in their faces and then scream like a little girl when they challenge her. It’s kind of amusing, and embarrassing. I can’t take Nola into places like Lowe’s or Home Depot because when she sees another dog she goes off like a fucking bark monster. It’s really starting to bother me lately. I think that it bothers me because Lulu is the kind of dog that gets along with everybody and anybody and doesn’t bark at other dogs unless she is coerced into it by her sister, Nola. I can take Lu anywhere and she’s the hit of the party, charming, cute and loveable. Miss Congeniality. So, I am desperate to figure out how to cuerb Nola’s barking, how to get her so that she will listen to me and “leave it” alone when I command it. “Leave it” is her command to stop whatever she is doing and focus on me. She’s about 90% good at it. She comes when called, will generally stop and respond to my commands…except when she’s barking out the fucking house or car window. Then she’s out of control; consumed by the need to bark er brain off at whatever it is that she’s reacting to — generally another dog or a kid on a bicycle. God forbid she see a baby stroller…those are extra barkable evidently.
I have had people tell me to ignore it, and I have tried to do that. Doesn’t work. Still she barks. I try taking her everywhere with me, exposing her to other dogs, people, kids, and stuff. She is 90% good, then she just loses it and the barking starts. It is annoying to me, and embarrassing too.
Nola is not a “treat” responsive dog. She could care less about getting a “treat” or a bone for doing something good. The only thing she seems to respond to (don’t hate now!) is the rolled up newspaper that I use to scold her with. I do NOT hit her with it, I smack the table or the wall to make a loud noise with it and threaten her. Generally she’ll stop when I break out the dreaded newspaper roll. I haven’t had it out ina long time, but I am thinking of making one right now because today was an extra barky day. I make one by rolling up a section of newspaper and duct taping it tight, giving me a little stick sort of thing that I can make loud noise with if needed.
So, I love this dog beyond words. I would never do anything to hurt her, but I feel like I am doing something wrong around this barking issue. What do I do? Does anyone out there have any “dog whisperer” suggestions for us? I have considered a bark collar, but the dog is 9 years old….is it too late for that sort of device? If it’s not then I will definitely try it. I am desperate. This issue has been left unattended to for far too long. I do welcome any suggestions or ideas that you, my wonderful readers, may have for me! Please comment below or send me an email! (Yes, I am finally keeping up with my email account once again….I check it every couple of days.)
Went to a barbeque at my parents’ home today. They made pulled pork and it was terrific. Not many people were there. It ended up just being my sister, my parents, me and Linda and a neighborhood friend. We stayed about an hour and a half and had some delicious bbq food and chatted for a while. The pool was far too cold for swimming, and Nola was barking at the other dogs – aggravating my sister particularly with her barking. So we called it early and headed home.
I got back home around 2:30 and decided to plant some seeds in the veggie garden. I got giant pumpkins planted (2 hills of them) and a hill of carving pumpkins. I put in some Mediterranean Cucumbers and then I started a tray of flower seeds. Snapdragons, Shasta daisies, and a couple of others I can’t remember the names of right now. I also got 4 – 2cf. bags of black mulch spread in the main part of the flower garden out front – it looks awesome! I need another 5 bags to finish the other half of that garden and to put some in the little gardens on either side of my front entrance steps. Then there is the large space in front of my house where I removed 3 gigantic rhododendrums (sp?) that had gone insane. I need to either put in some more smaller shrubs or make a garden in that space too. Seems like outdoor work is never done…there’s always something to do out there.
It’s time for me to crash. I spent some time chatting with a good friend on FB messenger tonight, I really enjoy our chats. It’s hard for me to reach out to people, and I have needed to do it more lately. This person feels safe and I trust her. We chatted a lot about the Giant Orange Asshole…wondering what he will do to embarrass us this week!?
I’m off to bed. Peace. ~MB