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Up until recently my almost 33yo has been a great car rider. Drove 4hrs to and from LA and barely a peep. Slept and looked out of the window.

Within the past month he has begun barking incessantly especially on the way to the dog park. I'm going deaf and even using ear plugs doesn't help.

Why and what can I do ?
 

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Hi Candace. Welcome from the Pacific NW.

Well... Not knowing your dog, my only suggestion would be to stop driving him to the dog park. LOL
Actually, many folks these days are deciding that leash free dog parks are not a particularly good environment for Dobermans. Who knows? Maybe he's trying to tell you something.

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The only problem with that is he won't poop at home. I have a very small yard area. He really loves the dog park and he is loved by all the dogs and owners. He's very gentle. I think he's so excited to get there he can't contain himself. On the way home he still barks but not as much. His bark is sooo loud!!!
 

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Up until recently my almost 33yo has been a great car rider....
Candace, welcome to DT from S. Central Texas!
First, we all want to know your secret to having a Doberman live to 33 y/o! 😄 (just joking about your typo)
Our male Dobe used to wail with excitement when we took him to our public park for trail walking. We stopped taking him to off-leash dog parks after 1 y/o when he got into skirmishes with occasional unruly dogs. Even some little rable rousers would get try to get in his face barking while I would escort him quickly out of dog park.

Maybe you could try settling him down after leaving park, before traveling in car, by practicing some obedience skills, searching for treats, etc? I know how the high-energy Dobes can get ramped up and can't settle, especially after a dog park or day care hyper visit. (we have a 9 mo. old one now) There's an exercise skill called "Sit on Your Dog" that is designed to settle dogs, which was discussed in this 2014 DT thread with resource links:

Sit on the Dog exercise/The Long Down issues

It's somewhat non-PC per current dog training philosophies, as you can tell by the excerpted quote, but has had reported success with high energy dogs.
"This is an exercise in leadership and dominance. You are supposed to be the dominant one and the leader."
 

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The only problem with that is he won't poop at home. I have a very small yard area. He really loves the dog park and he is loved by all the dogs and owners. He's very gentle. I think he's so excited to get there he can't contain himself. On the way home he still barks but not as much. His bark is sooo loud!!!
I would really work on trying to get him to poop at home. Can you walk him in the neighborhood? I would walk him until he poops and then make a big deal out of it...lots of praising and a treat. He will get the idea. Sometimes things come up and you can't make it to the park. Me personally, I don't like dog parks. To many untrained and sick dogs are taken there. Too much poop with worms and other infections the dogs step in or eat. And to many owners that can't control their dogs. How about play dates with dog you know? Just a thought...
 

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My friend had a very similar issue to yours. Her dog would only poop at our dog park. They had times where their dog was barking in the middle of the night because he had to go. One day, she asked me if I could watch her boy for the day since she and her husband had to go to their daughter's choir concert. I said it was fine because her dog and my male are best friends. It was about an hour of Ghost being there and I noticed he was observing my two go out my dog door whenever they needed and they went poop in my yard. So after some observation time, he realized it was fine and he pooped in my yard. When we started going on hikes together, Ghost did the same thing and now he's comfortable poop in other places.

I only go to one dog park in town but then again, its one of those rare parks where people are pay attention to their dogs and we generally keep the park clean. It probably helps that I'm actually the park lead and majority of the people that go there are a close knit group. Its the mythical unicorn of dog parks and I know most other dog parks are not like that.
 

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Thx for the input. He's still learning how to walk on a leash without pulling. It's getting better but he's so strong it kills my back but we try every day.

The dp I go to is well managed. Owners there watch their dogs and all are reasonably trained. It's big with lots of room for Admiral to run bore. There's also a great group thst meets there almost every day and our dogs all get along. I feel very fortunate after what I've heard about some parks. If a dog comes that looks like there might be a problem I leave.

Lucky for me Admiral doesn't ever bark in the house or on the deck. He hasn't always barked in the car so I've been
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Why??
In my opinion….a dog…..that has had good experiences at a dog park……thinkin……your dog smells the park.
Your dog is picking up from life’s repetition where he/she is going….and dog gone it…thats freaking exciting to your dog.
Going to the park is very exciting to our dogs.
So exciting…its just makes your dog want to bark like crazy.
I suspect dog is telling you to hurry up! LOL
Especially if your have the windows open…..even more smells. Sweet…..
There noses are exceptional.
Absolutely amazes me when you read how their noses work.
So…yeah….I agree dog parks are not good in many different ways…..but as far as why……your dog has learned…..and knows what is coming and is pretty darn happy about it!!!!
Woof woof…..LOL
 

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Thx I agree that's probably it. I just drove 3 hours north to the Bay Area with him and after we got on the freeway he was fine .

He'll be gone for a few weeks with a different routine so we'll see when he comes back. At least my right ear is getting a rest. Lol
 
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