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Barkley an 18-month-old German shepherd has gone from nuisance stray service dog training thanks combined efforts Joliet Township Animal Control

Barkley, an 18-month-old German shepherd has gone from nuisance stray to service dog in training, thanks to the combined efforts of Joliet Township Animal Control and Barking Angels Service Dog Foundation. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Updated: November 29, 2012 10:49AM

Q. What advice do you have in dealing with a neighbor’s two barking dogs? Whenever they are in their back yard, they bark at almost nothing. There are times when other dogs pass in front of the house — the other dogs don’t bark but my neighbor’s always bark. One of the dogs is a Border collie and the other is Bernese mountain dog. I have always understood it is not the dog’s fault but the owner’s. Any advice?

A. There is nothing more annoying than a chronically barking dog within earshot. Ultimately, this is not about the dogs but the people. Dog Lady gets on her high horse about misguided dog owners who take on too much dog. These two breeds need lots of exercise and stimulation — especially the Border collie that lives to herd. By cooping them up in a yard all day, these guys have no choice but to be bad. Suggest politely to your neighbor that exercising the dogs would be the best course of action. Are there any nearby sheep farms that need an extra hand? A tired dog is a sleeping dog is a contented dog.

Q. My daughter and her two dogs recently had to move back in with me. I have two dogs and a cat. The cat gets along just fine with my two dogs and all the dogs get along just fine. The problem I’m having is with the elderly corgi “Eddie” and the older cat “Allie.” Eddie has never lived with a cat. With Eddie and Allie, they keep having stand-offs and just staring at each other. They’ve had one tussle with Eddie getting a good smack on the nose with a little bit of bleeding. Do I keep trying to separate them or let whatever is going to happen, happen? I don’t want anybody to get hurt here.

A. You must let them work out the rules and hierarchy. Leave them alone to do it. You could separate the two, but imagine they are each other’s wide world of entertainment, for better or worse. Monitor the situation. If there’s another blood-drawing incident, you should probably think about a behavior consultation with your veterinarian.

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