Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Kathy, I really feel for you, this is a horrible situation and to think that people allow their dogs to engage in this type of behaviour is beyond belief!
there is an anti-bark product that attaches to the dog's collar and either emits an electric shock or sprays Citronella oil on them, but I have never heard of one that attaches to a pole, gate or similar. There is also an electric beam that blocks the dogs from going through the gate, but this would probably result in the dogs barking and performing at a distance rather than stopping them altogether.Personally I dont like using devices such as above at all, and would rather look for ways of changing the behaviour completely.
My first suggestion would be to call in a behaviourist as you are going to need help with this. You will need to raise yourself (and family) in the combined human/canine hierarchy, teach the dogs an excellant recall, teach an excellant wait/stay and show them they are not allowed to go to the gate at all. You also need to examine as to why the behavious is happening - yes the other dogs are making it worse, but the dogs are showing a lack of attention to you and boredom/frustration could well be part of the problem.
An easier way of fixing this is management - dont allow the dogs into this section of the garden at all. At the same time you could bring in the changes that are required to rasie you in hierarchy, get the dogs to listen to you etc. Please either contact me via my e-mail at email@example.com or else have a look at www.animal-behaviour.org.za to find an accredited behaviourist in your area. Sorry I can not be of further assistance, but this really is a situation wherein you need to call in the help of a behaviourst before the situation gets worse and another dog gets bitten or your dogs may turn on one another and fight (redirected aggression). Thanks Scotty
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