Michelle Nichols of Reno, Nevada, the BusinessWeek podcaster who offered interviewing interviewing tips in item #1 above, is now asking your help with this dilemma:
“I have two Lab-type dogs, and I record my weekly podcasts for BusinessWeek from my home office. Occasionally, the dogs decide to bark for no discernable reason, and it’s a real problem for the recording. I just need them quiet for a maximum of 30 minutes.
“Here’s what I’ve tried to eliminate the barking so far:
1. Put them in my master bedroom with the drapes closed so they can’t see any distractions 2. Bought them each a $15 Nylabone they only get to chew when I’m recording. 3. Take them out for a bathroom break just before we record so I know they’re empty, and give them a water bowl so I know they’re not thirsty.
I thought about:
1. Putting them in my car in the garage but worried they’d bark or eat the car 2. My non-dog-owning boss suggested a muzzle but that sounded harsh. They won’t die of dehydration in 30 minutes but still, I don’t like the risk of having them muzzled and out of sight.
Do you or your dog-loving readers have any other suggestions?