Updated: Jan 9, 2021
Hanna is a year and a half old Maltese Shih Tzu mix. Recently, she began barking
Trenton sensed my reluctance in taking this drastic measure, and made a few other suggestions to try first. I decided to try the “pebbles in a can” method. I got an empty soda can and put about 10 small pebbles inside and taped the top closed. The next time she began barking, I shook the can. She jumped back, looked at me, and barked again! I threw the can in her direction (not hitting her, but hitting the floor near her). That was all it took. She no longer barks while I’m watching TV! And now, if she tries another undesirable behavior (i.e. getting a hold of a Kleenex or sock, or bothering a visitor), all I do is pick up the can. Sometimes I don’t even shake it! She immediately stops what she’s doing and runs out of the room for a few moments. This works like a charm, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to buy an expensive and potentially painful shock collar. Thank you, Trenton, for the great tip!