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    I was wondering if anyone out there could help me out with a situation of a barking dog...my co-worker likes to bring her dog to work with her-she is a very nice lab-but the dog barks as people approach the office doors. We/she has put up with this bad habbit for some time now and has finally come to realize that this is an unacceptable behavior. (This is the only situation in which the dog will bark). Would a bark collar help in a situation such as this? I know the easiest solution would be to not take the dog to work but this is not an option as it is not my dog or decision to make. Can anyone make a suggestion of a collar type/brand?
    Thanks for any help you can give us.

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    I would have a prong collar and a short lead on the dog at all times. When he starts to bark, "NO, sit!" and correction with the prong collar. Dog needs to learn it is not his decision who gets to come in the door.

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    I like the Y-S 300 Dogtra yapper stopper. It gives a warning vibration prior to the actual zap. Other than that, a bottle of vinegar and water being sprayed in the face would also help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwk56 View Post
    I would have a prong collar and a short lead on the dog at all times. When he starts to bark, "NO, sit!" and correction with the prong collar. Dog needs to learn it is not his decision who gets to come in the door.

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    I would use the quiet command instead of no ...I agree a lead and pinch collar with a jerk when ever the dog barks is a good suggestion...I would make the lead long enough that the jerk could be done from my desk chair...I believe teaching a command is better than just auto stimulation...Steve S
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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeDog View Post
    I like the Y-S 300 Dogtra yapper stopper. It gives a warning vibration prior to the actual zap. Other than that, a bottle of vinegar and water being sprayed in the face would also help.
    The vinegar spray worked miracles on my dog and it's a lot less expensive than a collar. At least it's worth a try.

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    Susan, what ratio of vinegar to water do you use? I have a dog box barker. Going to try this. (he is honey badger about the bark collar).
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    I start with one third white vinegar to two thirds water. If that does not work within a week, I keep upping the vinegar. I had one persistent barker that it took me 100% vinegar to get it manageable. The dog was almost two by the time I got her. Make sure you get a good spray bottle. Do not get the $1.01 from Home Depot. Get the one that costs $4-5. You need a strong spray and hit them right in the face. It takes their breath away. They will think like vinegar but who cares.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JusticeDog View Post
    I start with one third white vinegar to two thirds water. If that does not work within a week, I keep upping the vinegar. I had one persistent barker that it took me 100% vinegar to get it manageable. The dog was almost two by the time I got her. Make sure you get a good spray bottle. Do not get the $1.01 from Home Depot. Get the one that costs $4-5. You need a strong spray and hit them right in the face. It takes their breath away. They will think like vinegar but who cares.?
    Vinegar doesn't think Susan. lol Also, in a pinch you can use it on a salad for a quick snack.
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    STINK Tim, STINK!!! Darn voice Software!
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    Thanks to everyone for your advice, ill be sure to pass it along.

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