Originally Posted by Jo Ellen
I finally got my fence up, yay for me. It's wonderful, I am so much more relaxed now. Except for the dog next door, this is still a problem.
Spirit gets so agitated with the neighbor dog (her name is BunnyFooFoo, let's call her BFF). BFF seems calm enough but I think she might be challenging Spirit. She was running into our yard and out again at break neck speed (prior to having the fence), Spirit got ahold of her once just barely and nipped her in the butt.
So now I have my fence up and BFF stares at Spirit, stands there and stares at him. I'm not certain this is a challenge, but it's occurred to me it is. Spirit will charge the fence barking and growling, he's quite serious. If the fence wasn't there, I'd have a heart attack.
I realize I don't have control over BFF. I only have control of Spirit. Well, I really don't or he wouldn't be doing this. I want to have control of Spirit. What do I do, what are my options for getting control of his fence behavior?
How old is Spirit?
What type of training do you do? Marker or compulsion?
What obedience commands do you have solid and proofed with Spirit? Come, down, leave it, quiet, speak?
Is Spirit a generally confident dog that meets dogs, that aren't encroaching on his turf, without aggression?
I see 3 options:
Counter-conditioning Spirit to BFF through marker training / BAT.
Training a behavior cued by BFF coming into her yard.
Teaching Spirit not to bark at Spirit through compulsion. This is my least favorable course of action.