To stop his dog from barking at night and waking up students, a dorm director at Greenville University has taught his 1-year-old dog, Dudley, to bark in a whisper.
Brian Gertler posted a video of Dudley whisper barking on Facebook, saying “My dog and I have to whisper when we’re playing at night...”
The video has more than 1,500 views in just a few days.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Gertler said of the attention his video is getting. “It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s all good. I’m enjoying it.”
Gertler has been contacted by more than two dozen media outlets across the country.
The 24-year-old is director of a freshman dorm and lives in an apartment inside the dorm with his wife and Dudley.
He found that Dudley’s barking would wake up students at night. Gertler said Dudley has separation anxiety.
“I would get complaints about my dog barking,” he said.
Gertler found that Dudley, a mix of Border Collie and Australian Shepherd, didn’t bark as loud when playing fetch, because he was tired after running back and forth.
“I started teaching him how to speak then I realized when he gets out of breathe he would just mouth it,” Gertler said. “When he starts barking, I tell him to speak and he doesn’t bark anymore.”
Gertler admits it doesn’t work all the time, and Dudley still barks, which is something they will continue to work on.
“He still barks a lot. It’s a funny trick he does now,” Gertler said of the whisper barking Dudley does. “I’d like it if he would be able to not bark completely at night.”
Gertler is permitted to have a dog as a dorm director, but he said students at the Greenville, Illinois college generally aren’t allowed to have dogs unless there are special circumstances.
Gertler said Dudley is “really friendly” and “really energetic.”
The Peotone, Illinois native has a degree in philosophy and ministry.