How to stop my springer barking

by Julia Lovell
(Doncaster, UK)

I have a 3 year old springer spaniel male. Apart from the "pulling" problem which we have tried various methods to correct and given in, the main problem is his what I call "bossy barking"


When we go for a walk and stop to maybe talk to someone or look at something of interest he comes up and woof woof woofs inessantly until we start walking again. This is very rude of him and very annoying for us. We have tried squirting him with water which had a moderate effect for a time until he worked out just how far away to stand so that he avoided the jet of water! Once he gets this barking bee in his bonnet he just wont stop which is spoiling our walks with him. Any suggestions?

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May 16, 2012
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squirt gun NEW
by: Anonymous

a small squirt gun works well

Feb 02, 2012
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barking springer NEW
by: Estie

I yell at them! It stops....pretty much. Cassy, our little girl, has become very vocal lately, and likes to bark at people who come up to the house, which is probably okay, but scared the UPS guy the other day. He thought he was going to be attacked!!

As for the pulling.....I've no solution to that! Sammy is a puller!

Feb 02, 2012
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by: niall ireland

My 1 year old female (bitch I suppose but find the word rude !!) stayed with some neighbours for a weekend while we were away and got in with a bad crowd across the road who all bark to the delight of their owners (Good guard dogs who bark at everyone all day!!). As soon as she came back to us, she started barking while outside at birds etc which she never did before. I just said BOLD GIRL loudly in very deep voice and gave her "The eye" and she stopped v soon after.

Im sure thats not how you do it but it worked for me...

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