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    Dog barking for no reason

    My old english sheepdog wolfhound cross has begun to bark in the house for no reason..we got him 2 months ago.. He has settled in well.. Is two years old Sometimes he does it when my partner speaks or turns around.. He also doesnt appear to like my partner.. Wont take food from his hand or anything and comes to me for all attention/affection.. I probably spoil him with attention.. But my partner tries so hard with him
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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    Not a lot of detail to go on there, but dogs bark for a reason - even if we are clueless as to what the reason is.

    It doesn't mean it's a GOOD reason.

    And it's a hard thing to suggest, but there may be a reason why he doesn't like your partner. It wouldn't even have to be something your partner did. The dog may just be reminded of somebody that was unkind to him.

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    I don't know, I'm PRETTY sure even Shambles doesn't know what he's barking at.

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    This may sound funny but gods can be jealous of one spouse or the other, it may be because your partner recieves affevtion from you and your dog is jealous. This is just a thought

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    I disagree that dogs bark for a reason lol the second Rusty sets foot outside he starts barking. not at anything, head down sniffing for a potty spot yapping the entire time. I suppose his reason is that walking requires sound effects?
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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    He gave him a slap bout 6 weeks ago when he did something bold.. He hasnt slapped him since. He felt bad after it was done. I have never slapped him.. He my baby.. But maybe he getting away with to much...
    Now he barks if anyone else comes into house when i here but not if it just my partner on his own
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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    Honestly, that could've done it. There's no reason to slap the dog unless that was the very last resort over something. Some dogs are sensitive and one time can ruin a relationship. Or, he could've done it to him without you knowing about it. I would ask him, and get him to be completely serious and honest about it. It could be key to knowing why the dog doesn't like him, and how to fix it.
    Then again, he may just not like him.

    As for the barking, does he just bark all day long, stare out the window and bark, bark when people come in?
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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    It was once i know thats all.. How do we fix it.. He liked him at beginning ..i really want to sort it out.
    Its just randm barking.. But will get up and brk if someone comes into the house and i here

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    You've provided general descriptions with tidbits of specific details, so all I can provide are general solutions.
    1. For your partner, have him start tossing small, dime-sized treats either to your dog, or over his head.
    2. Do this 2 - 4 times a day for roughly 5 - 10 min. The treats can be kibble, if the dog will accept them.
    3. The dog will learn to love your partner fairly quickly. Don't punish the dog, don't hit the dog.
    4. Dogs bark for various reasons, most barks sound minorly different, try to learn the differences.
    5. You stop a dog from barking at visitors and strangers by socializing him with many visitors and strangers, perhaps asking them to toss treats, just like your partner in steps 1 and 2.

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    I thought my old dog had gone senile when he started barking for no reason apparent to me. Turned out we had a whole colony of bats in the attic.

    Did you know it's illegal to remove bats during the breeding season?

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    Quote Originally Posted by Amaryllis View Post
    I thought my old dog had gone senile when he started barking for no reason apparent to me. Turned out we had a whole colony of bats in the attic.

    Did you know it's illegal to remove bats during the breeding season?

    Worst. Summer. Ever.
    oh my what an experience that sounds like..

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    Thanks for all ur help.. Just this morning he barked again when my partner was getting breakfast. Maybe there could be mice or something.... Its a cross bsrk but not a vicious bark.
    We will try the food toss with him.. Hopefully that works.
    Does anyone else have other ideas how they could become friends again....

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    My dog, Emmy, (2-3 yo Yorkie mix) seems to bark for no reason too, a LOT. When it is just me and her at home and there are no tvs or radios on she will just start barking. I suppose she is hearing SOMETHING, but no obvious reasons to me. She'll run off looking for whatever it is that made that noise but of course it is usually nothing. Is there a way to stop that??

    She also barks at my hubby and daughter that haven't warmed up to her as much. Hubby has learned a little how to get her to stop, but stubborn 14 yo daughter doesn't want to try what I suggest. Yesterday I thought they were making progress when Emmy jumped up on couch and sat with her and they had a bonding moment. When Emmy jumped down though she then turned around and started barking at daughter again. Sometimes it just comes out of no where too. Like hubby can be walking through kitchen and all of a sudden Emmy will just jump up at him and bark??

    Would love any suggestions??

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    Same suggestion - food... Cut up some tiny treats or use kibble, about the size of a dime or smaller (I cut my treats to 1/4th the size of a dime for my 60 lb dog!) and have your hubby and daughter feed Emmy a treat, every once in a while, but only while she is on the couch and quiet. BUt, the second she jumps off the couch, especially to bark, completely ignore her, not even looking at her.

    Things to watch for:
    1. If she's smart and someone 'forgets,' she may teach you to give treats for barking... My dog learned this, and teaches strangers :-)
    2. If there's something that your family does, that Emmy barks at, sighing, moving, etc., she might be barking at that. Ignoring may not help.

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    Re: Dog barking for no reason

    Quote Originally Posted by Amaryllis View Post
    I thought my old dog had gone senile when he started barking for no reason apparent to me. Turned out we had a whole colony of bats in the attic.

    Did you know it's illegal to remove bats during the breeding season?

    Worst. Summer. Ever.
    What? So you had to live with them? I think that should be illegal.

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