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29 August 2011 @ 06:00 pm
barking for attention  
Marty has recently (within the past few weeks) picked up the habit of barking for attention. He's a year and a half old and until this recent developement he was a pretty quiet boston. He would bark if he heard a noise or someone came over but in general barking was never a problem. I understand that dogs bark and I have tried everything to see if it's something he needs or if he's upset in some way but I'm convinced it's just for attention. I've been trying nonstop to praise him endlessly when he's quiet and show him that he gets MORE attention when he doesn't bark at me but nothing is working. I've had to resort to putting him in his crate and covering it with a blanket until he barks himself to sleep. To give you a good example of exactly what I mean this was my day last Saturday:

He started barking after Steven, my fiance, left for work. I thought he had to go out so I took him outside for about 20 minutes. We walked the perimiter of my apartment complex which is about a mile. He went and when we got back inside he was quiet for about 10 minutes and then started barking at me again. I got his ball and threw it with him for about an hour when he stopped bringing it back anymore. I thought he was tired. Nope instead he'd just bark at me until I said "go get your toy!!" He'd get the ball, I'd throw it, he'd bark at me. This continued for another hour. Finally I went and got a handful of his food and decided to work on his training again. I was watching "It's Me or The Dog" and Victoria said to praise for being quiet. So I'd give him a treat if he was quiet for a minute, then 2, etc. As soon as the food was gone he barked at me again. He barked until I had a migraine and was crying. I just KNOW he's doing this for attention and it's so hard to ignore it and not want to yell. Everything I've read says that yelling is just giving him want he wants, attention!

Have any of you ever had a problem like this? We live in an apartment and he gets a lot of walks. We rotate his toys so he doesn't get bored with them and we play with him A LOT. I just want to strangle him hahahah. He doesn't do it with Steven because Steven plays really rough with him and wears him out. I can only do so much!!!

Day 220/August 8: soft

Day 225/August 13: silence
Lorindasweetdemonica on August 30th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
hes adorable. I dont have any advice, but my bt never barked until we brought another dog in the house and now she doesnt shut up:(
actually my name's marinaseverus on August 30th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
I actually think getting another dog would really help him after reading lafriperie's comment. I'm sorry about your doggies though :(
Genevieve: dog: lulu smilealwaysgenevieve on August 30th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh no lol.... I would post this over on the woofboard. www.woofboard.com
actually my name's marinaseverus on August 30th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
I will try that hahaha thanks
lafriperielafriperie on August 30th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm, frustrating! My elly just turned 2 and she too picked up some annoying habits a couple months ago. For her it’s whining. Just standing there at the counter where the treats are kept, whining whining whining. Ugh!

I’ve found that she tends to do it more at night when she’s tired. It’s sort of like a sleepy toddler throwing a tantrum – she thinks she wants something, but she doesn’t know what. So I don’t feel too bad just putting her in her crate and letting her put herself to sleep. And also, our saving grace – bully sticks! She gets to chew on one every night, and it’s fantastic. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

Does marty get to play with other dogs a lot? Elly loooooves other dogs and no amount of walks or playing with boring-old-us will tire her out nearly as much as a good session with her buddies. I send her to daycare once a week and go to the dog park as often as possible, and those things lead to quiet, happy evenings at our place.

Good luck! Hopefully it’s just an adolescent habit that he’ll grow out of, though I kind of feel like we’re terminally in adolescent stage. Good thing they’re so damn cute eh?
actually my name's marinaseverus on August 30th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
You know what he actually doesn't and that would make SO much sense. We have three cats but they HATE him and all he can do with them is chase them which we try to stop him from because it scares them so bad hahaha. We're hoping to move into a house instead of an apartment by December and we want to get another boston then so maybe that will help him. He is definitely worn out after a day at my fiance's parents house because they have another dog and he LOVES playing with him.
lafriperielafriperie on August 30th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
yeah, we're in an apartment too and it can definitely be tough getting them really worn out. daycare has been a godsend. and in fact we live with two other dogs at the moment but sadly they don't really play. of course those other dogs are not bostons! :)