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I Have A Dog That Barks Too Much

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We have never been able to train my dog out of barking at random sounds outside, or when someone comes to the door or gets home from work. My dog is also mostly blind with cataracts and glaucoma. He is missing his right eye from the surgery to remove the bad glaucoma eye in December.

I am supposed to be starting a work from home job sometime at the end of June or first week of July. The job has told me if he barks during training or outside of training, I get fired. Unfortunately I don’t think I have enough time to teach him to be quiet. And on top of that he’s 11 years old and has separation anxiety.

I have thought about sound proofing the office and keeping him in there with me while I work, but it occurred to me that he would bark at the phone ringing.

We bought him an anti bark collar and still have yet to figure out how to put it together, but I feel bad about using it because there are a lot of things I’ve heard about those. Not sure it will work on my dog, or if it might traumatize him.

There was an article I read about 6 ways to train your dog not to bark, but I wish I had found it a lot sooner. It’s now the end of May, and I have a month to figure something out. If I lose this job, it’s back to square one. I can’t afford to start over.
36-40, F
8 replies
May 28, 2019
Fernie · F
You don't seem to be trying very hard to fix this. Geezus...why do people have dogs then whine when they act like dogs?
PoisonLace · 36-40, F
Okay, what advice can you give me so they don’t fire me? I got this job because I don’t drive and am trying to get away from my fast food job. This job will offer benefits and 401K. Not something I’m willing to pass up, but when I applied they told me any disruptions including a barking dog will cost me my job. And I can’t just tell them my dog is a dog therefore he will bark. There has to be a solution. [@331316,Fernie]
PoisonLace · 36-40, F
P.S. I wouldn’t whine if they weren’t making me shut my dog up. But I see why they would want it quiet. Not many people trust someone who isn’t in brick and mortar. [@331316,Fernie]
Starsof6 · 26-30, F
Why would they fire you from a at home job just because of your dog
PoisonLace · 36-40, F
Because it is a disruption. This will be a phone job and most people don’t like the idea of people not working in a brick and mortar building. They don’t trust it. Any disruptions, not just barking, will cause me to get fired. Like, if my boyfriend gets home from work and decides he wants to say hi to me, I could get fired if they hear him. This is why I have to have a “do not disturb” sign on the door. [@576182,Starsof6]
4meAndyou · F
There is a collar you can purchase called the barker breaker. It does not have to be assembled. You just adjust the size to fit the dog and put it around his neck. Many people say that it is cruel, but it is temporary.

What it does is administer a small electric shock to the dogs neck every time he barks. Usually, after leaving the collar on for two to three weeks, the dog is trained not to bark.

Your dog is barking because he can hear but he can't see, and he doesn't know which noise he hears is a threat and which is not.
bowman81 · M
If you can't keep him quiet have someone else keep him during the training sessions. Board it. It seems simple, keep him quiet or away during your training sessions.
PoisonLace · 36-40, F
The problem is, it will be nights, and even outside of training I could get fired. We are about to soundproof the office to see if it helps to keep sounds out, and I’m going to try and keep him out of the office while I work. Unfortunately no one else will be home. He hates that, but there’s nothing else I can do. [@424751,bowman81]

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