Gunner turned a year old on Halloween. He is the sweetest dog we have ever had. He is, however, dumb as a post. I mean dumb. If he was human he would have to wear a helmet.
He is fairly well behaved with one exception - he will not stop running his mouth. Once he starts barking he will not, or can not, stop. I was to the point where I was considering getting rid of him because it was so bad. We couldn't sleep, couldn't have a conversation, couldn't eat meals without him barking like a lunatic.
Well, last night I had enough. We tried everything: spray bottles, spanking, talking softly, yelling..... nothing worked. I finally dragged out the shock collar.
He didn't bark in the house at all. Then we went out on his chain to pee. He started barking. I let him bark a few times. I told him to hush. I hit him on low. It didn't work. I hit him on the second level. Nothing. I went right up to the high setting. There was a strange cacophony to his bark. Then he was silent for a long time. He started barking again. I let him voice his opinion then told him to hush. Then I hit him on high. HE squeaked and then was quiet. IT went on like that for about 30 minutes. Then he would bark three or four times and get quiet. After an hour I took the collar off.
Steph went to the store. When she came home I was expecting him to go ballistic like he always does. He yipped and yelped and barked for about 10 seconds then sat down at the door and wagged his tail all the way up to his ears. No 30 minute bonkers storm.
Last night he would bark once to go out then get quiet. He would bark once then scratch at the door to come in. It was heaven. No going out and barking like a nut. He didn't even chew anything up last night.
I THINK I may have gotten through to him.
At the moment he is outside. He has barked a few times, but that is it. He still barks at the idiot neighbor, but then so do I.
The shock collar is on my desk. He will not get near it.