This dog is seriously disturbing my peace. And that of our new neighbors as well I’m sure (though I feel somewhat unapologetic about that after enduring months and months of chainsaws and logging trucks that their activities inflicted on us. I think that has left me permanently scarred for life in some way.)
We’ve never had barking dogs–ever. Our three labs only barked when there was a reason–not for recreation. Gandy stares off into the woods or over into the pasture barking every breath. I’ve had all I can tolerate. So what now? She barks whether she’s gotten plenty of exercise and attention or not.
In her defense, most of her barking that is not associated with her trying to get my attention is aimed at things we cannot see (and are not sure she does not just imagine) out the windows. Closing the curtains does not extinguish the barking once she’s started. One time there was a bear in the neighborhood, we learned later. Last week there was a strange dog I finally saw over in the pasture after a half hour of inexplicable barking. So at times, she’s barking out of agitation or alarm at a perceived threat or opportunity to chase something. That does not make it any easier to tolerate.
If anybody has had experience with muzzles or other training methods or devices, I’m in the market. It would not be to prevent biting but barking. The dog weights 60 pounds but I’d think it would be more length of the jaw and size of the neck that would dictate buying to fit.
I am so open to ideas—which I have many fewer of lately because I can’t hear myself think!