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Save me! Stop dogs barking at night.

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  • #21
    I am having a hard time picturing your set up.
    Are these pets on purpose, or wild dogs that have been 'tamed'?
    Are they loose to run around wherever or confined behind a fence?
    Who do they belong to?
    I'm afraid that your options are pretty limited after reading the posts you have made. I guess you either get collars to try to stop the barking or build them a kennel that they cannot see out of on three sides and leave the open side facing the house to put them in at night.
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    • #22
      I understand the Costa Rica dog living situation

      My family has properties in Costa Rica so I have experienced and understand the dog situation. Sorta a neat life, sorta a hard life. As you explained in your last post (#22), the pups ARE barking at something, not nothing. That is appropriate barking. When I first opened your thread, I assumed the dogs were obtained for that purpose (alarm/deterrent barking).

      I would suggest teaching them what to bark at -critters!- and what to ignore. Or the two bark rule.

      For fence fighting, plant dense foliage -easy to do in Costa Rica! =), along the fence to block the view and physically make teeth to teeth fighting through the fence difficult if not impossible.

      Next week, spay and neuter em.


      • #23
        I know you said you have little room inside, and it's a bit of a hassle, but most crates do break down or come apart, so you could set them up each night at bedtime, bring the dogs in, then let them out and break down the crates in the morning. I think bringing them in and crating them would bring a huge and immediate decrease in the barking.

        However, if you do go with a containment option like crating, do train the dogs to like their crates/fence/dog box/whatever -- don't just suddenly pen them up or you may cause additonal problems. There's plenty of advice on crate training if you don't already know how -- quick google should do it.

        Great idea mentioned upthread about trying to reduce the stimulation they get -- the visual barriers are a good start. Even if you decide to go with crates, the plant "fence" should help keep them quieter when they are out.

        Give them plenty of things to do -- the exercise before bed like someone said, and what about filled kongs or safe chew toys to have for the overnight hours? I don't really know what your options are to obtain such things in Costa Rica, of course, but the idea is to use any of the toys that are meant to be longlasting or distribute rewards slowly as the dog works/chews on the object. (You'd have to make sure they wouldn't fight over these things if they are out together, though.)

        Truthfully I think management is usually the best option in these cases -- reduce the environment stimuli by changing the environment (the plant screens, etc.) and crating the dogs. Unless they are really, really big dogs, crates can be stacked, as well, which would take up half the floor space of two.

        Think ahead to the dogs' future if you can -- whatever you set up, will it be feasible for the next folks in the house, or will you be taking the dogs with you when you are stationed somewhere else? If you are taking them, being crate trained is a wonderful skill for them to have!
        If thou hast a sorrow, tell it not to the arrow, tell it to thy saddlebow, and ride on, singing. -- King Alfred the Great