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Old 04-01-2012, 01:54 PM
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Default Are you bothered by vocal dogs?

Just curious.

Nikki was a loudmouth and I don't know if that plays any role in it, but vocal dogs have never been a problem for me. Even shrill, ear piercing papillons. I always thought it was strange that people really worry about how vocal a breed is because it's just a non issue for me.

Then on Friday I took Josie and all the dogs for a walk. Mia gets VERY excited when we go somewhere and will spend the entire ride there making various vocalizations. Whining, some shrieking, etc. It's just what she does when things are exciting. Never has bothered me at all. So it's about a 15 min ride to the place we were going and I could tell Josie was getting completely annoyed by Mia. She keeps looking back at her and glaring and finally says 'I could not live with your dog'.

I've stayed over here 4 days now and there have been several times when Mia starts getting excited and 'talking' and it is clearly just driving Josie up the wall.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:58 PM
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I cannot stand it. Barking if there's a reason, I'm fine with but barking senselessly annoys me. Whining drives me up the wall which is unfortunate as it seems to be all my dogs are capable of now Tika is in season. Fudge does "talk" occasionally but he does it so infrequently and for short periods of time that it's endearing and not annoying. But overall vocalness does annoy me.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:58 PM
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Yeup drives absolutely nuts too. Some barks for a legit reason are good, shrieking if I'm restraining him and throw the ball, that's fine. But that anxious/excited whining or shrieking for a prolonged period, or too much barking, no. When my mom comes home her dog goes crazy, barking, growling, rooing, yapping, tearing around... I HATE IT.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:58 PM
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I own 2 VERY vocal Paps. So either I don't let it bother me or I lose my mind.

When I am particularly hormonal I yell at them, otherwise they don't bug me.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:01 PM
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Heck yes. I can't stand barking. Both of my dogs are fairly quiet, as long as nobody is at the door. Gusto "hums" when he is excited. It is bearable because it isn't too loud.

I'm sensitive to noise in general. I've had to leave the house when my father has the TV on too loud.
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Doesn't bother me. But then again, I wouldn't be able to own the dogs I do (especially Kimma) if it did. Sometimes they get out of hand with the alert barking, and I teach them that "enough" means to stop. They're pretty good about that. The reactivity barking bothers me, but that's something we are always working on (and only with Kimma and Bubbles, who really aren't terrible anymore). In all, though, I honestly LOVE a lot of the noises they make

ETA - I even don't mind when Kimma barks at agility class anymore because it's "I WANT TO PLAAAAYYYY" barking, not full-fledged attention barking (there is a difference with her). I think that if I made that go away, she wouldn't be as excited to work as she is. She actually never barks while running a course/sequence, though. I only feel bad because sometimes I feel like we bother other people.... If she's terrible and someone is trying to talk, then I usually take her outside for a minute and come back in when she's calmer.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:13 PM
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In all, though, I honestly LOVE a lot of the noises they make
Me too.

The squealing in excitement I could do without but I just tune it out after a while.

Now, the ride home from the breeder's, Mia screamed bloody murder the whole way. That did wear on me after a while but mostly because it was a 6 hour drive.

I don't think you could train Mia not to vocalize without squashing her or shutting her down to be honest.

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Being vocal in the car irritates me. Both Dobermans are noisy car riders (scream and whine) with excitement, and now Dance has started whining and sqealing in the car too, thanks to them.
Mia has taught Summer to whine in the car but Summer is not nearly as loud. Beau hasn't picked that up yet thankfully.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:04 PM
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In general, yes it bugs me. But it depends a bit on the particulars. When the dogs are playing with each other and play growling/barking, not really. Whining and shrieking in the car for 15 minutes straight? Oh yea, that would bug me.
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I hate barking. If there's a reason to bark, fine, but two or three barks is definately sufficient. And when my dogs are on leash with me, unless it's dark and a bad guy is literally on the verge of attacking me, they must stay quiet.

Honestly, I guess, barking doesn't bother me that much; but what bothers me is that barking bothers other people. It's super obnoxious to be in a training class and my dog (*coughKeegancough*) is barking over the trainer, so that she has to stop and wait for him to shut up. It's annoying when he barks at the neighbors just out working in their yard. It's distracting to other dogs when he barks at them at the park. Etc.

Ooooh, and DON'T get me started on DEMAND BARKING. First rule in my house: Do NOT bark at ME.
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I don't tolerate barking for no reason. That kind of thing drives me up the wall. Unless there is somebody at the door (and even then, they need to quiet when I tell them to after a couple barks) or they are outside playing (indoor playing needs to be quiet - there are people trying to sleep sometimes! Inside voice! Play-growling doesn't count) or I ask them to "speak," I require them to be pretty quiet.

Also, whining in the car drives me up the wall. Eevee does it sometimes and I tell her to shush.
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Bamm whines a ton and it drives me nuts. If you tell him to stop he just whines a little quieter which is just as annoying because quieter whining sounds like a constant whistling noise.
OMG yes. This is what Eevee does. It's like the dog version of a little kid holding a finger an inch from my face and going "I'm not touching you... I'm not touching youuuuu..." DX

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Honestly, I guess, barking doesn't bother me that much; but what bothers me is that barking bothers other people.
Also this.

I have to add though, that other peoples' dogs being vocal doesn't really bother me (unless it's in my house at 4 in the morning and I'm trying to sleep). That's their thing to deal with, and I'm not gonna whine about it. =P
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