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Old 02-19-2014, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 9 wks, scared of the bark.

My pup whines every time he HEARS other dogs barking. He still needs his second round of shots, and however many shots until it's okay, so we can't take him anywhere to socialize yet, but we also don't know anyone in the area personally who have pups that are current on vaccinations. He'll look around, sit down, and start whining, then he'll run off to hide under the bed. He's doing it right now!

What can I do in the mean time until he's fully vaccinated? I really don't wanna baby him. :| Should I just try to keep him from hearing other dogs until we're able to socialize him more? I just feel bad for him because we can't make other dogs in the neighborhood be quiet, so we can't really do anything for him other than.. let him hide under the bed.. and that's probably not even good.
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My girl is also 9 weeks and scared of other dogs baking as well. Same boat....I'm not comfortable taking her many places just yet so for now we try to just ignore her and act like nothing is going on when she whines in the back yard about dogs barking in the distance.

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here he is. hiding. well, i guess he's 'sleeping' now since he's been under there for a while. it's dusty under there, too. oops. :X
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If you can catch it early enough when he's just starting to show stress you can distract him with either obedience + treats or even play. The idea is to make positive associations with barking or just desensitize him to it.

So, next time he starts to show stress just act like nothing is going on, you don't hear anything (in other words don't coddle him until he stops or the barking stops) and start to play with him or if you guys are doing obedience do some obedience if you can.
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If you can catch it early enough when he's just starting to show stress you can distract him with either obedience + treats or even play. The idea is to make positive associations with barking or just desensitize him to it.

So, next time he starts to show stress just act like nothing is going on, you don't hear anything (in other words don't coddle him until he stops or the barking stops) and start to play with him or if you guys are doing obedience do some obedience if you can.
We were actually in the process of obedience training when he heard the barking (was using treats AND toys as reward). He completely lost whatever little focus he had at the time and went into whine mode. He'd jump around and whine, sit, whine some more, then go for the bed. Kept telling him 'come/come here' and he'd come, tell him to sit and he'd sit, but he'd whine and whine and whine, then go back to under the bed.
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Awww! During the day when the kids are out with Zoe I tell them No Pity Party for the Puppy! If she whines just keep trying to engage her with the toy or bit. Usually kicking a ball across the yard distracts her. In the past two weeks ignoring the behavior has helped her with barking in the distance. It's just the immediate neighbor dog that gets her whining.

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Ok, I'm going to try and make this as short as possible....

We started obedience very early. He was in a class with two German short haired pointers, they were like gladiators with each other playing. When we would enter the training center the barking of the dogs that were kenneled would freak him out. Any large dog in the lobby would freak him out. When the two gladiators were playing after class he sat behind me, whined and watched.

He graduated puppy class last night and will be 15 weeks tomorrow. We met a Standard Poodle on the way in, no problem. He actually started barking at the gladiators and joined in, chasing them around the class room barking. He was still a little leary of joining in the wrestling match but he was approaching them in class vs. the opposite in previous classes.

My point is, we acted like it was nothing to fear and he finally came out of that fear period and acts like a different dog. We didn't force him, we just ignored the behavior and let him approach on his own. He came around.

Milage of this may vary but I say don't coddle him, don't show signs it troubles you and he should come around.
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