Need help speaking bark
Kaiser barks, he's a dog so it is expected. However, I'm trying to better understand his barking and what is going on to cause it.
The case I'm interested in is when we go out on walks. If he sees other people or dogs he'll start barking. In all cases if we meet and interact with the person and or dog he stops barking and is friendly. So I've tended to translate the barking to be friendly excited barking.
However, I'm not questioning that barking for 2 reasons. On a walk this weekend one of our neighbors has put out their Halloween decorations which includes an inflatable carriage thing. Kaiser started barking at it and backing away like he was afraid of it. His tail was low, ears back and he was crouching more. But the bark sounded the same.
Then today on a morning walk he started barking at a pile of brush somebody had put out for the trash guys to pick up. This time I let him get up to it to check it out. Once that was done he was alright. Again: the bark sounded the same to me.
When he is barking at people he doesn't appear fearful to me, his tail is wagging, ears up but not forward and he tends to pull toward them.
Am I missing something? Am I reading his reaction to people and other dogs incorrectly? As in is he actually afraid of them until he gets to meet? That doesn't feel right based on what I see but as I've mentioned: I'm not anything like a good dog handler.
The reason I ask is that eventually I'd like to stop the barking or modify the reaction to be something more sociably acceptable. That way we'll have an easier time going to places with people and other dogs and it will be more fun for everybody.
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