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Hi there: we are first time owners of a great little guy called Otis. He is almost 5 years old and very cute! The family he was with prior to us had to give him up as they had changes in their lifestyle which did not leave much time for him. We have had him over 2 weeks now and he is settling in but is quite skittish with other animals (evern though he had a doggie friend at his last home). The only issue we have with him is barking. He barks at the door and other noises and I work from home so this is distracting. Any tips?:
 

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As for being skitish of other animals, its possible that without his doggie friend he is having some anxiety...be there for him and show him that it is ok, be patient and hopefully he will come around.
AS for the barking, My pup barks at the doorbell. I am not sure how to get her to stop, I am trying right now getting her used to the noise even when nothing happens. so we have a fake door bell noise on the computer and play it now and then....it is starting to work.
 

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As for being skitish of other animals, its possible that without his doggie friend he is having some anxiety...be there for him and show him that it is ok, be patient and hopefully he will come around.
AS for the barking, My pup barks at the doorbell. I am not sure how to get her to stop, I am trying right now getting her used to the noise even when nothing happens. so we have a fake door bell noise on the computer and play it now and then....it is starting to work.
what a smart idea!
 

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thanks for the replies

Hey there - I don't get on much but thanks for the replies. My pet groomer had a good solution for barking and it seems to work well. When doggie barks at the door (or other sounds) blow a wistle. Otis doesn't like it and he stops - her dogs (she has 7 rescues) only have to look at the whistle in her hand and they think twice. We're still trying to socialize him with other animals. All in time I'm sure. Colleen
 
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