Our pandemic puppies have developed some not so desirable behaviors, and they are related. Bailey the Bernedoodle jumps on people she has not seen for more than 15 mins (read anyone in the family other than me). When Bailey jumps on people, Appa Duke the Bernese Mtn Dog charges at the poor target and barks and bites them for attention. My thinking was that if I can prevent Bailey from jumping, Appa D won’t bark or bite. But how to control this craziness when it starts?
After doing some research, I decided to give Barxbuddy a try. The reviews online were mixed, but the people who wrote about it saving their pet relationship gave me hope.
Here is an overview of how Barxbuddy works. Now I will explain how I am using it.
The plan: use the command “settle” if Bailey jumps or Appa barks. If either doesn’t settle after the command, use the light training feature. As soon as they stop, treats and praise for “good settle.” The light training feature is just a really bright light to get their attention. There is also an additional feature that has the light and an ultrasonic sound that only dogs can hear. But because I love my puppies, oh and I am using it for 2 dogs and different behaviors, I decided to stick with the light trainer first.
Day 1: I armed myself with trainer treats and strapped the Barxbuddy to my wrist. My puppies definitely noticed the light and it got their attention. Neither puppy liked the light, but both stopped after I flashed the light and followed up with treats and praise. I was consistent all day, which was kind of a pain, but as the day progressed both puppies would at least pause before engaging in the behavior when seeing the Barxbuddy.
The “ah ha” moment was during dinner when Appa started barking. I gave the command and he didn’t stop, so I used the light trainer… and he stopped barking. Y’all, that is a game changer at our house! I know that consistency will be my friend, but I am hopeful that Barxbuddy can help us get our puppies to be better behaved. Day 1 was promising.
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