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Barking At Animals On TV
Hello. Hope everyone is stayng warm! My 4 year old female is a sweetheart, and it is obvious the breeder from whom I purchased her knew what she was doing. My dog's temperament is lovely. She is great around children and other dogs.
Here is the problem: She sees and hears other dogs on TV and goes nuts. Our late great border collie did this as well, but he would respond to the quiet command and seemed to know the difference between television and reality.
The Aussie actually barks at all animals, but most dogs, cats, and horses. She knows the first to notes of any ad featuring a dog. She will come running from another room to bark at the animals when she hears the start of the ad. As you know, ads feature dogs a lot, but she will hear an ad for a drug featuring an elephant and bark at it. The horse thing is weird because a very close friend owns a horse farm, and my dog has been around real horses... pays no attention. Yet try watching the Kentucky Derby and there is no peace. Even worse, she barks at Brian, the dog on Family Guy, who walks on two legs!
People find this to be funny, but it gets annoying when you are trying to hold a conversation and the dog comes running from a room upstairs because she heard the first five notes of a car ad she knows a dog is on.
I think she believes it is a window, because she always goes to the door leading to the back yard after barking. She runs around to the corner of the house where there would be animals if the television was a window.
I hope I am making myself clear; especially to the extent that this is a problem, although many people find it humorous.
I have tried clicker training by clicking and saying "quiet" when she is quiet, and giving a carob chip.
Please--anyone out there who had this problem...help me!!!