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    I know, silly title as everyone should know pyrs bark, and apparently like the sound of their bark, thus more bark.
    My question: does my 6 month old Kali, barking at the wind, birds, airplanes, trucks on the other block, moths, get used to these common background noises and bark less as she gets older? I would guess (and hope) so. I know she is not putting out an angry or viscious bark, really its just a big, deep, bark, fairly neutral in emotion, but loud.

    This barking in her yard just started about 1 week ago, and she has also become more vocal in the house too. The communication barks are appropriate, just loud. I can live with the inside barks, they are meant to convey a message.
    I am more concerned about the outside barking. Trying to be a considerate neighbor, and some amount of barking is expected, but I swear she just likes the resonance of her barks in the yard!

    She is teething like crazy now, so maybe she is annoyed easily due to the dental discomfort. I hear a light wimper occasionally, giving her a frozen towel to gum on. She seems to like it. Noticed slight bleeding in some gum areas, missing some teeth. See some big ones come in too!

    I guess if I had size 16 teeth growing into a size 10 mouth, I'd be barking too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rx4bills View Post
    My question: does my 6 month old Kali, barking at the wind, birds, airplanes, trucks on the other block, moths, get used to these common background noises and bark less as she gets older?
    I don't know... she's a mix of two very barky breeds....

    It is very normal for pyr pups to go through a seemingly nonstop barking phase anywhere between 6-9 months. My 1/2 pyr mix actually didn't inherit that barky gene so we never had a barking issue with him. But my 3 purebreds were/is definitely barky. As they mature, they do generally become more judicious about what they bark at. However, it is also very common for pyrs to insist on having the last word if there is another dog in the neighborhood barking. They also tend to engage in the "announcement bark" once the sun sets to let the entire neighborhood know that they are on duty. That type of "announcement bark" can go on for a long time. It's not a super loud bark, and it's not insistent, but it's just something they keep up for a while when they feel like it. That's why I usually bring mine in before 10 p.m. My neighborhood is pretty tolerant though.

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    Have to say that my Pyr mixes have all been much more barky than my Kangal dogs although they too are considered a "barky" breed. My experience with pups is that they will be come more judicious about barking as they comprehend what they are seeing and hearing but it may be a while. My Pyr x Anatolian boy and Pyr x Aussie girl were almost two before the endless alerts were toned down a notch. My present Pyr mix girl pretty much barks all night long but there is a noticeable rhyme and reason to it. She makes rounds around "her" area in a very methodical fashion and anything outside of that is generally for a good reason.

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    I see, so she is just starting to get good at it

    My goodness, she has a big bark for a almost 6 month pup. Yes, maybe it is more of an "announcement" bark, making her presence known, to all. I will try positive feedback to comfort her in the uncertain wilderness of our backyard. I really don't mind the big bark, when there is a real situation, just hope the needless bark doesn't last too long (fingers crossed).

    Thanks for the feedback, I really am enjoying my little Kali. She has done wonders for encouraging the family to pick up stuff normally we leave around. That or it gets chewed and destroyed

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    With my first pyr, we were actually able to tell her "no barking" if she were barking in the backyard and she would actually stop... well... ok... so she wouldn't actually just shut up but close enough to what we needed her to do. Once told "no barking" she would continue to bark, except in soto voce, so that she made a point of continuing to bark but not get in trouble with us...

    Bijou my last female, was not as easily dissuaded. I tried shaking a can filled with coins and she would turn her head, look at me, look at the can, then went right back to barking.

    Ren my current 7 month old started barking pretty early but started to bark a lot more at 5 months going into 6. His barking isn't over the top by pyr standards but it can be annoying when we are watching TV... He has separation anxiety issues that we are working on right now and so he doesn't stay out in the backyard by himself for any prolonged period of time. The unintended benefit of that is that we don't need to worry about barking bothering the neighbors.

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    Well, at 7 months old, Kali is barking more than ever. I hope this is the peak of the barky efforts and it tones down from here

    In the daytime, she roams the backyard and barks at stuff I can barely hear, same in the evenings. She has a habit of being outside watching her yard till about 9pm, then comes inside and is about ready to settle down and go to sleep by 10pm. I didn't help that one day she was laying down on the porch and a small bunny crosses our patio. Of course that set all the wheels in motion, and she fortunately didn't catch the bunny, but I think now she is looking for it to appear again. She still barks in conversation with some dogs that are almost a block away, barely audible to me, but she hears them. The good thing is I can redirect her when in a barking frenzy to come and do some exercises with me, working with treats, practicing heeling, sit, down, play some Frisbee. Keeps her quiet a bit. Rather than negative responses to her barking, I have been praising her when barking, transitioning to doing the other activities. Read this somewhere. Yelling at her never has worked. Positive praise seems to reassure her. I have read that wonderful book, "Other end of the leash", and will read it again. Lots of good info there in the psychology of dog, especially our dog.

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    My Pyr hybrid barks, sometimes at what appears to be nothing. However, she mostly barks at the neighbor across the back and at the gardening crew when they are at the house next door. I tell her NO BARK and she will briefly stop, but jerks a bit like she is trying to hold back the barks, then resuming with gusto. I know I need to check the dog noise rules in this city, but knowing them won't make Delilah stop. She is 1 1/2 and has been doing this since she was around four months old. I need some effective pointers here to get this behavior manageable.

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    Well, they probably are always barking at something, just the things should be so trivial that it should not warrant the barking. I can't always hear the noise that Kali hears, but sometimes I do. Her barking has if anything, picked up in intensity over the past few weeks.
    I am told that she needs to feel "comfortable" when she encounters these noises that set her off. For example, last night there were cows, maybe 3-4 blocks away mooing away. Actually fairly loud from our back yard. Fairly new noise for Kali, so she starts running circles around the yard, barking up toward the sky. 10pm at night is a bit late to let this stuff go on so I brought her inside. What I want to try, is to go outside, stay with her during this barking situation, feed her bits of high value treats continuously while praising her. She might be sitting, or in down position, not a matter. The goal would be to get her to believe these noises are not a threat. She definitely barks less if I am already outside too. I guess if she were alone outside, all the guardian duties fall only on her, so her barking is more intense. If I am outside too, her duty is secondary. I am guessing a bit here, but trying to understand the dog more every day....

    Telling pyrs not to bark seems not too widely suggested. Everything seems backwards to me at times from my years with more docile dogs. Some owners teach the dog to bark on command. This has a benefit of getting the pyr to not bark at random so much, but more on command only. Interesting.

    Doe Delilah get plenty of play time and mental stimulation? Tiring her out more, physically and mentally will decrease the barking.
    Walks, Frisbee, flirt pole, tennis ball, treats in a puzzle feeder toy. They all help. Swimming for an hour really tires Kali. She is a wonderful dog in the evening when she is exhausted. Yesterday we got busy with some family things, she didn't get her usual play times, or a walk. We paid the price in the evening. She was looking for something to do, like chew, ,destroy, bark.

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    Thank you for the suggestions. She does get exercise and plays well. I've even seen her develop games of her own, such as taking her squeaky to the top of the patio steps, letting it go to bounce down the steps, and doing it all over again. When she makes up a game, she is sure to demonstrate it to me for verbal praise. She also has some of those cool larger balls that have 'handles' so she can run with them in her mouth without harming them. She also chases the squirrels that live in my ancient oak tree. (She does not seem to really want to catch them, just herd and chase.) I will try the treats when the neighbors are out so she can hopefully associate them with sometime good. When she was a pup, I told the neighbor across back that if she would just come to the fence and talk to Delilah, the pup would probably quit barking at her. Nothing doing. The woman does not like dogs.

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    I must say the positive reinforcement via small high value treats during uncomfortable situations has helped Kali. We used to take walks and she would get very jumpy when a large truck, UPS, or other noisy vehicle drives by. I had her sit, comforted her, fed her treats in succession. After a while, noisy trucks driving by didn't bother her as much. She might still look at them, but there is no flighty response like before. I am learning so much about training dogs with our Kali. Much different than our Golden Retrievers of the past and our GSD. Its been so fun, tiring too, but very fun. Our Kali too finds ways to play and entertain herself, racing around the yard chasing who knows what, tossing a ball for herself to catch. Got a lot more to learn though!

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