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I'm working from home today, for various reasons.

Several minutes ago, Bogar the beagle went off like an air raid siren. He's been whiny all day long (he misses Kate), but he lit off with a howl that could cure deerskin, flew to the door, and started barking like a madbeagle. I go to get him and found someone waiting on the doorstep. I restrain the dog and open the door. It's a Witness, handing out flyers to their temple's Easter services. Bogar busts loose with a howl like his nonexistent nuts are being pulled off with pliers, and rushes the door. Deafened, the Witness goes her way and I get the door closed ahead of the surface-to-air beagle.

My ears are still ringing, but the Witness went away. Do I discipline the dog, or give him a pound of doggy treats?

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torakiyoshi
Mar. 19th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Yes.

-=TK
torakiyoshi
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
On a more serious note, dogs have been bred, over millenia, to bark at things that don't belong. So why do we now punish them for doing what they're genetically predisposed to do?

-=TK
sleepyjohn00
Mar. 20th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
It isn't the fact that he barks; I grew up with a German Shepard, who made no bones about whose house this was. It is:

1) the incredible volume that a 30pound dog can produce; and
2) the iron-lunged endurance which allows him to run up and down a fence behind which he think he might have seen something move, bellowing continuously for over half an hour.
3) his utter dedication to this crusade, regardless of being called, entreated, offered treats, sprayed with the garden hose...

He got let out one Sunday morning at 6 AM. We think he saw something move in a bush. It was ten minutes before my wife could corner him and get him back in the house. We got a letter from the county about controlling our noisy dog.
torakiyoshi
Mar. 21st, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
*Nodnods* In that case, there are vets who will sponsor de-barking...

I am ambivalent on that. Some dogs need to be told "SHUSH!" in a very serious way; but is it cruel to take out a dog's vocal chords? After all, it's much less-- ah, impo(r)tant-- than certain other bits that we have no problem removing.

-=TK
miss_mellie_b
Mar. 19th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I'd give him the doggy treats and teach him to only bark at the people you don't want to come to the door.
brthnbabies
Mar. 19th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
TREATS! Definitely!!!!

:-D

Edited at 2008-03-19 11:57 pm (UTC)
torakiyoshi
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
/me looks at your icon.

Zeekyboogydoog!

-=TK
leadsporkofdoom
Mar. 20th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
:: lies on floor twitching and giggling ::
GOOD BOY BOGEY
dewhitton
Mar. 20th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Treats. He's a GOODDOG.
sleepyjohn00
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, he'll probably get the Order of the Corgi, but by the Sphinx's sand-encrusted so-and-so's, that hound's loud!
deckardcanine
Mar. 20th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
From what you've said, he's not smart enough to distinguish Witnesses from more welcome visitors. I wouldn't reward him.

But I wouldn't punish him yet either. I wonder if something's causing him physical anguish.
sleepyjohn00
Mar. 20th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
No. He's fine. He's a beagle. It's a beagle thing :)
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