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Old 07-11-2016, 08:09 AM   #1
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It's been a while since I've been here but lately both my dogs have been barking at nothing and doing it a lot. I've starting getting complaints from the neighbors about it.

Dogs will bark I get that, have tried telling the neighbors dogs will bark but maybe they are barking too much, I don't know.

I'll let them outside and about 30 minutes later I'll find them just barking at nothing just air. Is this a sign of something else or just boredom?

It could be I don't walk them enough but with it getting up to 100 degrees outside right now it's just to hot to walk for more than 5 minutes (I know I'm lazy apparently only being 27) =/.

I would like to get them a little more trained as I hope to get another dog in the near future (puppy).

One more thing, the bigger dog likes to make a mess of his water bowl, like splashing water all over the floor, suggestions?

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Old 07-11-2016, 10:42 AM   #2
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Hi Well it can be a nuisance believe you me only across the road from me some one has 3 terriers 2 I think are yorkies, constantly yack,yack for hrs on end. It does sound like boredom ot me. Are you out of the house a lot for work ect? I would suggest that you spend a little more time interacting with them.
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I work 3rd shift so I do have them crated during work hours. I let them out when I get home at 6am while I get some sleep but that doesn't work because then they keep me up and I have to crate them again while I sleep =/.

If they didn't tear up the house I'd leave them out free after taking them out when I got home for bathroom, etc.

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Most dogs do bark some, but when it is for prolonged periods of time it can be very annoying and can be a problem. I work at home and had a neighbor a few years ago who would leave their dogs in the yard while they were at work and their dogs would bark all day long. It was very frustrating, and I adore dogs and have had dog companions virtually all of my life, but I was frustrated...it was painful.

It sounds like your dogs have a lot of pent up energy, and perhaps are in need of more time and attention, more activity. If crated too much, dogs become bored and frustrated, and likewise if left alone in the yard too much, without enough time with their person, it can also create emotional difficulties. You furry friends may need more walks and attention if possible, that might help. You could also consider taking them to obedience classes, that provides training and some adventure for dogs. In the summer I take my dog on longer walks early morning and in the evening when it's cooler, and only on very short walks in the heat of the day when it's a hot day.

If there is a struggle having the time for two dogs, I don't know that I'd be inclined to get another; I ponder if I had the time and energy to provide the attention and training another dog would need.

With your dog that likes to play with their water you could try telling them "no" and redirect them with a toy.

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Like others have said, sounds like boredom. I suggest getting a dog walker if you can, that would probably help. If you can't, I've done something in the past with a friend's dog that always barked; it may not work for yours if they bark from boredom, but worth a try. Whenever they start to bark, go to them and lean over, talk to them quietly, something like "Yes, I see it... uh huh... yep..." and when they bark give them a calming "Shhhhh". The theory behind it was that dogs bark to get your attention, so if they think you're on top of it they'll stop bugging you everytime they see a bird or a car or something. It'll take some time but it worked for my friend.

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Have they got any toys fun things to do while you are at work or trying to sleep? I know I wouldn't want to be crated for half of the day with little or no interaction! Prehaps get a trusted friend to entertain/walk them? Goog luck
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I have toys in the crates for them. Guess I need to try and spend more time with them, take them on longer walks then I do.

And to the above poster that said when I see them bark to whisper to them, that's not as easy as it sounds. They immediately stop barking when they hear me coming before I can even get to them lol.

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I have toys in the crates for them. Guess I need to try and spend more time with them, take them on longer walks then I do.

And to the above poster that said when I see them bark to whisper to them, that's not as easy as it sounds. They immediately stop barking when they hear me coming before I can even get to them lol.
How old are they and did you gradually leave the house for few secs then come back in and build up for a few hrs? As this will help them realise you are coming back It seems the have seperation anxiety and this is why they destroy things. Try some frozen kongs with treats in it frezze overnight and give them a kong each they will have to work hard to get the food out and should help
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They're both shelter dogs. The smallest one was 4-5 years old when I got her, and is probably around 7-8 years old now as I've had here almost 3 years. The other one was 1 year when I got him and I've only had him about a year or less now.

It took the older dog well over a year to stop being scared and skittish around me and still has issues with other people she doesn't know and sometimes me. Like yelping if you just touch her wrong or putting her head down when someone comes up to her like they're going to hit her.

The younger dog has the same issue, but doesn't yelp. He just acts severely scared of other people including myself (but I take that as I haven't had him long enough to build up trust). Though he's getting better around me though. Anyone else though and he's almost pitiful seeing him cower down.

I think whoever had them first really did a number on them for some reason =/. I think that's why I have issues that I have.

Just a few other things they have going on are:

The older dog will without fail as soon as she comes in from outside doing her business (and I see it happen outside) she'll find a spot in the house and immediately pee/poop there. Vet says it's not a medical issue so I don't know what could be going on for her to do that.

The younger dog will literally drink all his water in seconds, splashing it around while he drinks and what not. I went and bought one of those 4 gallon water feeders for both of them and his is about half empty from being slam full within 10 minutes. I can't keep enough water out for him as every time I turn around it's gone and I've seen him do this. Maybe the previous owner didn't have water out for him at all, I don't know.

Neither of them like toys at all, I've spent hundreds trying to find a toys they like and nothing. The ONLY thing the older dog will engage in is a kong toy and only if it's got peanut butter in it. The younger dog has nothing to do with anything not even a food filled kong.

I've looked into petsmart training classes, but I'm unable to afford those at the moment, but I've heard from others that they don't work, can anyone confirm this?

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First Kudos to you for rescuing these 2 dogs (what are their names!!) the problems they both have does point to some kind of abuse/neglect for previous owners which is sad and it won't get better on it's own like with the heads going down when being touched etc. Yes it's going to take time patience and love from you to help change thier behaviours Working shifts is no fun in my book and if possible I would be looking for another job Yes getting a trainer/behaviourist in to help is a good idea! So ask your vet for a recomendation.I do sympathise with you being tired when you come home. but you need the trust of these dogs and when do you get it the bond will be special So try some trust building excersises on them but one at a time changes won't happen overnight. They have probably had little fun in the past and could have been crated for many hrs etc. So while you aren't abusing them like thier previous owners may have done they are still being crated which in some ways will not help becuase of their past! Follow?!! In no way am I having a go at you Just saying what changes may need to take place to help these guys
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