Hi Bec, You answered a query re kelpie barking at night. I have the same problem. My little girl is so good during the day amusing herself with her toys. If a dog barks she will answer it. Now at night when all is quiet, she will run down to the back fence and bark.She doesn't bark all the time, as I get up and scold her and she stops, but the minute I close the door she barks again.I might add, she does not bark all the time just for about a minute or so, then she is quiet for about an hour and back to barking again. I don't want to have to keep her inside as I want an outside dog and a good watchdog. Also I am renting and I am not allowed to have her inside. She is a very loyal & obedient dog, but just wants to make a noise at night.Please help because I dont want to have to give her away, and I dont want to lock her up.
Answer: Barking kelpie
It's a vicious circle! If you go and correct the behaviour, you are technically re-enforcing it - although if you ignore it you will start to get complaints. I think the most painless and quickest result will come from a citronella bark collar. The only issue is that a good one can be expensive. Cheaper types tend to get set off just from movement etc, so you really do have to get a top of the line collar / brand. Considering you can't have your pooch inside, I think this would be the best bet. You could also look at crate training for the back yard although I feel it works better when the dog can be inside with its family. I did once hear a rumour that some councils offer collars for people to hire might be worth a look. By the way, don't even give a thought to the electric shock collars. They are awful.