Saturday, January 08, 2005


I'm sorry I keep putting these up, but he just cracks me up in this thing. It's a magnificent training tool for this stubborn dog. Anytime he starts barking incessantly in the house, I just strap him in and he spends five minutes gazing pitifully at me and trying to lick the muzzle off. It's a shame that it's had to come to such drastic measures, but we would like to maintain civility with our neighbors.

7 comments:

letti said...

Lol...what a sweet picture. AND you managed to capture the moment!

Shahid said...

You're so mean! lol

Jen said...

Sierra had an explosive barking episode last night at about midnight. I already had a headache, and I couldn't take the unnecessary attention barking, so I locked her up in the kitchen, as "punishment." After about 20 minutes of pathetic, heart-breaking whining, I caved and let her out. She didn't bark again, but I know that my weakness as a "parent" is just reinforcing her bad behavior. I love my little beagle so much, but it's so hard to be a stickler. We have been using the bark collar (yes, the shock kind) with diminishing results, but now I am curious how she will react to a muzzle. Might have to make a little trip to Petco.

Pigs said...

So the shock kind didn't work? That's the only step we didn't try. We tried the beeping kind and that worked for about a month, but I was too cheap to invest in the shock collar if I wasn't sure it would work. Good to know.

Bubba said...

S & M Beagle

Jen said...

Oh the shock collar works, but only for so long. I cringed the first time I heard Sierra cry out from its sting. Over time, she has learned that when she is wearing her "necklace," she cannot have an explosive barking session. Instead, she whines and cries and demands we hold her, like she's scared and paranoid of the collar and its wrath. This can be more annoying than a good bark. Apparently there are different levels of shock collars, some with graduated shocking. Ours has only one setting. I am thinking the shock is just like a pinch to her and her desire to bark is much greater than her desire to avoid a little pain. There's an audio post on my blog in which Sierra rudely demonstrates her vocal ability while I am trying to talk. Check it out!

Cattiva said...

I'm sorry - as much as he probably hates it, I am LOVING the cute pictures. Poor guy!