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I'm having the same problem. Every time I let Dexter outside, he lets out a very loud howl and then runs around snuffling the ground. There is a fox that roams the area at night, so I'm guessing that's the reason. But it's really frustrating having him bark every time I let him out! I've tried letting him out the front, even leashing him up and personally walking him out. Our trainer suggested using white distilled vinegar. Put some in a small spray bottle and carry it around with you. Then whenever he barks, spray him in the face. It stings for a few seconds, but is not harmful. I've only been using the vinegar method for a few days now, so not sure if it's helping yet. Dog Dog breed Scent hound Carnivore Companion dog
 

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Hey, Oldhounddog, thanks for the info.

What Dexter's day is like: when the alarm goes off in the mornings, he moans, rolls over, and goes back to sleep until we are finished getting ready for the day. One of us then lets Dex and his brother Tonka (golden retriever) outside. They come in right when their daddy heads off to work so that we can all wave good-bye at the window. I then feed them, and they both take a nap while I check e-mails, etc. About 8ish, I take them for a walk, usually about 20-30 minutes. Then until lunch time, they "help" me do chores around the house and/or make cards (I make and sell greeting cards featuring my boys, hence why my camera is always within easy reach). After lunch, I usually alternate between playing with them (hide-and-seek, tug-of war, fetch, etc) and training (Dexter now knows quite a few tricks). Sometimes I'll even take them to a nearby park to let them run. After that, they nap in the room with me while I work on cards. When their daddy comes home, they all roll around on the floor having fun for about 10 minutes, which usually wears them out again. Daddy then takes a nap while Mommy makes supper. They get fed at the same time as we eat, after which we all sit on the couch and watch tv until about 7ish when we go for our evening walk (about 30-40 min). They pretty much sleep the rest of the night, transferring into the bedroom when we go to bed. Tonka sleeps in his crate, Dexter alternates between his crate and our bed.

Last year is when we took the training classes (basic training), but the guy is always available to answer any questions... no, we didn't go with Petsmart. He's a local trainer with over 20 yrs experience. Came highly recommended by friends.

Yes, Dexter barks inside. We used to live in an apartment where I could monitor his barking very closely, but since then we've bought a house. Now he's off in the back rooms barking at people as they walk by/come out of their houses. I've been keeping those doors closed, but he still barks whenever he hears something..anything. And of course now his brother is starting to "get in on the fun"!

I would love to hear your suggestions!

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Thank you, Oldhounddog, for the advise. I just got back from a trip, so haven't actually looked at the videos yet; but I definitely plan to!! Dexter is very quick to learn and therefore knows a ton of tricks already. I am actually in midst of teaching him a new one: say thank you. It's where he goes down on his front paws with his back end up in the air (some call it take a bow). He is very close to being able to do it on his own. :eek:)

Here's are some videos I thought you might enjoy of Dexter doing tricks: a few "ever day" tricks, get the light, and climb the ladder
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=248288178608745&set=vb.235695209868042&type=2&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=277085472395682&set=vb.235695209868042&type=2&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=267203630050533&set=vb.235695209868042&type=2&theater
 
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