bark control

Is it recomended for our 10 mts pyrenees to wear a vibration bark control coller, to help control her barking?

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Jan 17, 2017
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Barking
by: Donna

No. The bark is what the Pyr is. Man bred them to be guardian livestock dogs who can think on their own. They gave them the bark to deter predators. Without that, they are not a Pyr.

You can manage the barking by teaching the dog to come inside when he does start to bark using positive-reinforcement training.

When he barks inside, go see what he is barking at. Perhaps you can't see anything but the Pyr can certainly hear it.

Tell him 'it's okay'. Look at him and quietly say 'shhh'. When he stops barking to look at you, say 'good boy, go lie down'.

Training is not achieved overnight. It takes much time, patience and consistency.

All these gadgets are an attempt to not bother training a dog. Eventually, they do not work.

It's so important to work with your dog so you gain a mutual trust and respect. The dog needs to learn to think about what you ask them. Pyrs are not obedience dogs. They may do what you ask, they may not.

Sadly, so many people do not do their research on this breed. Barking is one of the biggest reasons these dogs are surrendered.

Contact a positive-reinforcement trainer if you need help with learning how to manage the barking.

Here is a great well-suited link to how to manage barking:

https://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/excessive-barking-why-some-dogs-bark-and-how-to-fix-it/

Jan 18, 2017
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Skip collar
by: Anonymous

It would be pointless to try a bark collar with the pyr mane. Use positive reinforcement. Reward when not barking with treats.

Jan 18, 2017
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Donna is bang on.....
by: Martha

Chiming in because it is so important.

It took me a while to figure out what worked. Frankie loves to be outside....no surprise. It took consistency and patience to curb the barking. Note the word curb...not cure. I count on Frankie barking...that's part of her function within the household. She is our security chief. What we have been able to achieve, with the above-mentioned consistency and patience, is to LIMIT the barking.

Here is how we did it. When Frankie went outside, if she started barking, one of us would come outside and say THANK YOU! NOW no barking and then SHHHHHH! and hold a finger up to mouth. (Frankie responds well to sign language, she seems to have selective hearing). If she persisted (i.e. ignore us LOL), we would say OK, IN THE HOUSE and wave her in. It took about 3 weeks of doing this consistently - before she got it. If she barks more than a few warning barks - there is a really good chance she is going in the house. And she really would prefer to be outside...especially if there is stuff to bark at.

In the house, same thing. With people coming and going, I don't stop her from barking. She does her usual "welcome", pyr review, and then goes and lies down..one eye open. If she is extra vocal with visitors, we say THANK YOU, and she cuts it out.

Lots of positive reinforcement. Lots of love, and patience. They are great dogs - but they need and deserve your time to achieve their full greatness.

My two cents....Frankie sends her love.

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