How to handle this with Beezer

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  1. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    OK so as most of you know we had a bit of an incident the other night with an "intruder"

    Beezer was in a rage... he was what woke us up to realize that anything was going on. he was barking an alerted us to the presence of someone. when this person appeared in the door Beezer charged the door hackles up and barking a major warning to the guy at the door.

    ANYWAY....

    Since then he is HYPER sensitive to noises at night. Last night was the worst. it carried on for like an hour until I finally let him out in the yard to check things out for himself that everything was ok. After that he was satisfied and went to sleep.

    So... Of course I don't want to stop him completely from alerting us that there is someone there... but anyway I can help him RELAX and not react to every little noise he hears at night now?
     
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    Is he barking? Or just getting up to check things out?

    If its barking/growling try teaching him the quiet command?
     
  3. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    he's barking. I come and tell him quiet and lay down and he does... but then the next time he hears a noise it starts again
     
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    That will never happen.

    What has worked with my dogs, but it might not with Beezer, is that I'll go to the window or open the door to look out and then say, "It's okay....nothing there." I try to be calming. (which I'm sure you've already tried) I use "enough" too, which they have been taught as an intensive and separate training endeavor. That usually works, but not if someone IS actually at the door. I didn't practice enough with that much stimuli...didn't follow through far enough.

    Anyhow, like Babysmomma says, you could teach to be quiet on cue. (A good method in Culture Clash) The cue word basically is paired with HIGH value treats. But you have to set up triggers, set up the environment for training. Don't try this when he's had no training and is in the midst of a frenzy. You can start with milder triggers. Or you could just let him out to check things out, I guess. But that might not be convenient always.

    Another thing you can do is set up a "safe" place...a crate or another room and teach him that the triggers (that you set up) ARE the cue to go to the safe place. I think this is discussed in Click to Calm. I'm not sure if that's the book, but I seem to recall it was.

    It's not an easy thing. But don't worry about him stopping alerting you altogether. That's a very hard-wired behavior.
     
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    And he will. In your set-up scenarios, work up to duration. There are time outs for "re-offending" in too short a time. That's only after he's gotten a solid "quiet" in lesser circumstances.


     
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    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    hmmm very interesting I will have to try that :D

    Yeah I tried looking outside and stuff and telling him everything was fine but I guess he doesn't believe me :p lol. once I let him out to see for himself he calmed right down and slept for the rest of the night.

    He doesn't really react to stuff during the day I guess he thinks it's normal during the day for people to be out and coming to our door and stuff... but at night he's on high alert especially now. e ver since that night he reacts to any voice or sound he hears outside... and our neighbors are night owls so they are always talking outside or someone is coming or going etc. and he doesn't usually bother with that too much until this happened the other night. Plus it probably doesn't help ease him that I am still tense about it too.
    But I am definitely going to try what you described above.
     
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    what about that rescue remedy stuff? Can you give him that before "bedtime?"
     
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    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    Oh... good idea. I think I still have some of his anxiety drops left. I'm going to try that too. why didn't I think of that before lol. thanks
     
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    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    with two shelties, i have learned to sleep though barking, growling and fit throwing.
     
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    I would take him on a leash, a mini walk around your yard a couple of times a night (when it's dark) before bedtime....when you would otherwise be lounging around the house doing nothing. (I know you're not busy or anything. LOL) But it might help to let him hear and see weird things at night (things do bother dogs sometimes more at night.) and before he might react, give him little pieces of real meat...good stuff. It never hurts to increase that kind of 'socialization'....or getting accustomed to novel things and letting him find out that most things aren't really anything....and in fact, they are paired with chicken. LOL.
     
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    That's the method I used, although a little modified, but it worked very well with my crew, especially considering, I didn't really go all the way with it.
     
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    Sounds like Beezer has decided to get in touch with his inner Terrier.

    You have my sympathies ;)
     

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