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How to make dogs stop barking if they only listen to my parents?

Asked by Brie (283points) April 25th, 2011

My parents work all day so I have to take care of the 3 Jack Russells who will not stop barking.
They bark at everything, the neighbors, the neighbor’s dogs, ambulances, birds, bugs, grass moving in the wind. You name it, they’ll bark at it.
It’s REALLY annoying. I say they only listen to my parents, but the truth is that they don’t listen to anybody! They are untrained and wild.
I’ve tried to train them but they won’t listen to me and think that I’m trying to play with them. So I told my parents that I thought they needed to be trained and they said “Oh, yeah, we’ll get to it later. I don’t have time right now”. They are full grown dogs, they’ve already lost the time to train them. Why even buy dogs if you don’t have time for them?
They aren’t my dogs and I didn’t ask for them.
The neighbors have complained about their barking but my parents only took offense to it and still refuse to train their dogs.

I told them to do something about the barking and they said “I bought dogs so that they would bark” and they also said that the dogs don’t need training.
But they do. They urinate on everything in the house, they bark, they nip, they don’t listen, they whine, they jump all over you, they’re just untrained dogs!

My dad said he wants to give them away but that it would look bad on the family and my stepmom wouldn’t agree with it because she “loves” the dogs. Yet she doesn’t take care of them.

I’ve tried to train them but they don’t care and I’ve tried to entertain them but they just jump on me and bite me and don’t bring back whatever toy I was throwing them. I’m also not allowed to walk around my block so I couldn’t do that, the dogs also aren’t leash trained. My stepmom thinks dogs come pre-trained if they are AKC registered.

I asked this on Yahoo!Answers (home of the idiots) and they said “Move out???!!” even though I clearly stated that I was a teenager, not old enough to get a job. They also said that I was an unfit dog owner and that my dogs should be taken away from me, even I also clearly stated that I try to get them exercise and train them but they are too obnoxious to do anything with. And lastly they reported me for “ranting”.

So please, help me instead of telling me what I do wrong and not giving any advice at all.

The questions (again) are: How to get them to stop barking if they don’t listen to me? And how can I convince my parents to hire them a trainer if they refuse to train them themselves? They don’t think the dogs are bad and think that it’s okay for them to bark at the neighbors and have the neighbors complain and have the dogs urinate and poop on the floor.

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