Rescue Springer Barking In Garden

by Sarah
(London)

Hi there, we rescued a springer spaniel from battersea about a month ago. He is settling in nicely but has started incessently sniffing at the back fence and barking.


The only thing we know about him is that he was a failed a gun dog. He responds to whistles best and will come in the house from the garden when call him but immediately goes back out the back fence and barks. The neighbours are starting to compalin!!

Any suggestions on how to stop him barking?

Many thanks
Sarah and Rudi

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Jul 29, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I agree with other posters, my springer doesn't bark but I take notice if he does, there must be something the other side of the fence that is exciting him - I would go and investigate and find out what it is (stand on something safe and look over the top if possible) - they take smells very seriously, that is their job in life. Good luck with your rescue boy, mine is such a pleasure for us, we are so happy he is with us

Jul 29, 2011
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by: Anonymous

if you are sure there is nothing at the bottom of the garden or behind the fence ,have you tried a gentle water spray,with a firm no.

Jul 13, 2011
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by: Shara ( Torwind Spaniels)

Couple of questions- was it kept in a kennel before and not socialised or used to living in the house?

One of our dogs , after living in 2 different kennelled homes, when she came to us, used to bark quite a bit, when exposed to lots of different sounds and took a while to settle to normal life.

Does the dog only bark when outside and alone or will it do it, when you are there too?
If left outside, when you are in, maybe thats why.

Re the incessant sniffing, either something can be there..a spaniel's nose can sniff out more things than we can see..could be a trail where something else runs up and down there or it could be that the dog is still stressed and unsettled and will settle better in time, with distracting the dog and rewarding it for coming away- all positive rewards to encourage it to stop barking rather then a rebuke.

Its still not a very long time in its new home and especially if it had a different type of background and if its previous owner felt it had 'failed' it might need more positive reinforcement and individual time.


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by: Michele

There must be something on the other side of the fence that gets his attention! Have you tried looking over there...

One of my Springers is a barker too, but she usually confines her barking to inside. I have been wrapping my hand around her muzzle and saying 'no barking'. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't!

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