Tar and Abby

Monday, April 18, 2011

Abby and I are at WAR


She is now refusing to come in when she has the squirrel spotted.
No more coming to calls, squeakies, whistles, dog whistles.
No more coming to tasty treats. Tar getting a treat. Tar getting multiple
treats.
After dragging her barking self into the house a bunch of times yesterday
she had to stay in this morning after the first infraction.
She went to the door and made gagging sounds - like I'M GOING TO THROW UP!!!
Out she went, didn't throw up, started barking her fool head off at the damn squirrel.

This afternoon GB and I went out and bought a noise/buzz collar. Has 10 settings,
two warning versions. It has a remote control. It cost a lot.
And then we bought a bunch of chew bones and toys such as a lime
green squeaky hedgehog, to assuage the guilt.
Total bill over $200.

GB put it together, we read the directions, she is outside now. We are waiting....
The squirrel is waiting.... There is the rumble of thunder..... Tar is waiting...

UPDATE: Squirrel came outside his nest, stuck his fingers in his ears, waggled them, and
stuck out his tongue. Abby barked. As per instructions GB gave her the command, no and quiet,
still barking. Then he pressed the noise option on low. AND SHE STOPPED. And came in the house. The coming in the house may be due to the fact that it is hailing now...

17 comments:

David Dust said...

Froggy, you know I love you - but my money's on Abby in this little war. After all, she's got Satan on her side...

XOXOXOXOXO

froggy said...

That rumble of thunder, that was Satan, wasn't it?!?!?

lacochran's evil twin said...

Please don't send electrical current through your dog.

froggy said...

We are not sending an electrical current through the dog. We used the LOWEST of the SOUND option. That's what we plan to do.
Also why we chose the remote control so no other dog barking would set it off. It is only on when we are watching and aware. It will never be left on while we are not right there.

What I don't want is someone to set up a sonic device beyond our fence to control her barking. This barking has got to STOP. We don't want the city involved, we don't want someone setting a sonic trap for her and we don't want someone tossing poisoned meat over the fence.

It is sound ONLY.

Sam said...

Froggy, worse things could happen to Abby if you don't deter her from endless barking. Neighbors can do ugly things to a dog, you have every right to use the sound deterrent and I'm all for it. I think she will grow out of the barking with a little help.
Fingers crossed!

Dani said...

I gotta look into this. It's not talked about on the blog, but we've had a hell of a time with Maggie and the chickens. I'm so afraid she's gonna kill one of them someday.

mistress maddie said...

It's funny, in the beginning I thought Tar would be the problem child, not Abby.

froggy said...

Tar is a problem when he runs over you. We've never had a dog this big. According to the growth charts he might top out at 120 lbs!!

Dan said...

I am loving me the Abby stories. All though I think there is something in the air because Oz has taken to ignoring us as of late too.

Joy said...

Your life hasn't been the same since you got those dogs! This is quite an undertaking. My thoughts and best wishes are with you! Hope this works.

mrs. miss alaineus said...

once she learns the desired behavior- to not bark you can discontinue the collar right? we were worried we would have to do something about how much obie barks when he is by himself-crating him was a disaster,but when he was out alone he chewed the wall and the blinds- so far the KONG with a liberal application of PB has worked and we move the crate so he can't get to the window.

a silent abby is like a demon ninja! sounds like tar is almost as big as obie already.

xxalainaxx

Bob said...

Abby didn't come in so much as lull you into a false sense of security.

froggy said...

That's the idea, that the collar will not have to be used. Never had a dog so strong willed before.
Heidi, our last lab, used to run to the fence to bark at 'dog across the fence' and look over her shoulder to see if I knew so the call and treat for coming reward was on its way.

Big Shamu said...

I know you guys have had dogs before so I know you know how to train your dogs so my suggestion of taking Abby (and perhaps Tar) to dog obedience classes is more of a suggestion of getting her to a place where distractions are plenty but she can get practice seeing you as the pack leader. Bribing her to come in is is not breaking the hold of her prey drive so you've got to pretty much re-establish who's the boss. Especially with a strong willed dog. And practice. Practice until you hate it and then practice a whole lot more.

froggy said...

It's working!
But at a high price - the revenge of Abby - see latest post....

lacochran's evil twin said...

I'm relieved to hear it's a different kind of device than I imagined. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Beth said...

sorry, but i have to go with Tranny on this one...my $$$ is on abby. girl knows whats up.