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Q: Confused!!!

February 27, 2010 | By Amber J. | 7 answers | Expired: 1687 days ago

Amber J.

My husband and I have 5 dog.They bark all night and all day but we can't get any sleep.Does anyony have any great idea to help make the dogs more quiter so we can relax.Please someone help us we would be very greatly appreciate.Take You.

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Jillian
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Mar 01, 2010

five dogs can be extremely difficult to exercise properly. consider that each dog needs a one hour walk every day and 30 additional minutes of heavy play. more so if any of them are a high-energy breed. put some thought into what each of your dogs was bred to do - oftentimes this will help you exercise them to the fullest in a way that comes naturally to them, being much easier on you. if you have to, hire someone or find some neighborhood kids to play w/them. also, never forget the training. you want to stimulate their minds as well. even simple obedience training can help out tremendously. as long as your dogs are getting enough exercise, they should sleep through the night.

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Tricia L.
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Mar 01, 2010

Victoria stillwell says you need to first teach your dogs the bark command. Then after you teach them to bark (sounds weird huh) then you will teach them the QUIET command. Reward them with treats or play when ever they are calm and quiet.

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Kris
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Feb 28, 2010

I think you have received some good advice so far. I would start by making sure the dogs do get a lot of exercise so that they are tired. This is a good opportunity to provide mental stimulation for them as well. Then look at what is setting off the barking and see if it something that can be "removed" for example by closing the blinds/curtains on the windows. If there is one dog that starts the barking, focus more on that dog. The other thing I would suggest is having a routine at bedtime so that the dogs learn this is time to quiet down and settle in for the night.

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Milo322
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Feb 28, 2010

You could also try the Comfort Zone plug-in for your dogs. I have seen it correct many behavioral problems in dogs. It will give them a sense of comfort, and that should calm them down enough to end the barking.

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Jennifer K.
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Feb 28, 2010

Dogs that bark constantly are usually extremely bored and under stimulated. Five dogs?? That really seems like a lot for anyone to take care of, so i hope that you have a large enough house and yard for these dogs to play and have space to relax in. Every dog (even small dogs) need a long walk each day. This should help take care of the problem.

Also, have you identified what they are barking at? If they are barking out the window, for example, try closing the blinds or curtains. Reward them for being quiet, and resist the urge to yell at them for barking. Dogs usually start barking when another dog is barking, so to them, you yelling seems like you are simply joining in and may encourage the behavior. Crate training may also help give you some peace and quiet.

The best advice I can give you though is to walk your dogs and to spend some quality time with them each day playing with them. I know it's hard to force yourself to get out each day and walk. But even if the walk is short, its better than nothing. I just remind myself that I am working on my own health as well!

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Lisa M.
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Feb 27, 2010

I agree with Michele. Your dogs may be under stimulated. A good work out for the dogs before bed time may help. Also, you need take notice what they may be barking at and who is the one that starts the barking. If one of your dog starts and gets the other ones reved up you may want to focus mainly on that individual and that may help too.

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Michele Z.
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Feb 27, 2010

It sounds like your dogs either have excess energy and/or something around your house is annoying them--or both. Perhaps your dogs need more exercise??? A long walk each day may help the situation.

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