|08-10-2013 06:09 PM|
The barking at my sisters dog doesn't look hostile either... when she receives attention from it, shes playful. She constantly brings toys over and pushes them into her as if she wants to play tug of war. She loves being chased. she constantly brings toys up to all three dogs she knows, and seems to do the "look what I have" and then bolts... when the dogs chase she just runs around... when they dont she trys again.
When the dog ignores her, she barks as if to get attention. The dog is older and ember is submissive.
I know shes not hostile... i just dont know what shes so focused and interested on getting attention from them...
|08-10-2013 06:00 PM|
I am curious as to why even with my corrections she doesn't seam to learn over time not to do it. When barking outside at other dogs we halt, I usually make her sit and I continuously make her "leave it". She will keep quiet but she remains focused on the dog. I dont tug on the leash and I address her calmly with force. The problem is, the next time she finds a dog... it happens again (happens more with large dogs). Ironcially if the dog is barking at her, she doesnt make a peep... she just looks at it. She also mostly ignores smaller dogs.
Inside, when she barks at my sister dog, I correct her and put her in her crate immediately to clam down. She stays quiet after this. When she comes out, she attempts the behavior again unless I keep my eye on her.
I have found that when walking, redirecting her attention with a treat doesnt really work either. She doesnt seem to care about food, so training her can be difficult when the typical device used has no effect. I have better luck with a random stick.
|08-10-2013 05:48 PM|
I would say it is a mix of prey drive and herding instinct. Why it does it is one thing but why you don't stop it is another. Your developing leash aggression and your dog is probably pulling you around. The more you hold a dog back the more it wants to go forward.
To me a dog acting like that doesn't clearly know that barking at other dogs and inside the house is not allowed. She feels she can act like that so she does.
You don't stop it or encourage the dog to relax when meeting these animals so she is getting stuck in those behaviors.
A dog like that needs training, exercise,discipline, rules and boundaries.
Getting another dog may compound your problems and make walking and exercise more difficult for you. Wait to deal with this dogs issues before getting another dog. For basic dog behavior I'd read Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan. It is simply and easy way to learn about dogs and pack structure.
|08-10-2013 12:49 PM|
Understanding this Behavior?
So I have a two year old German Shepherd. She is an amazing dog, is well socialized with people, and is very kind.
Shes does exhibit a behavior which I do not understand though. She has a very intense fascination with other animals (dogs, cats, etc), very focused. In some ways these are different but i feel as though all these examples are rooted in the same cause. Can anyone give me some pointers?
We adopted two, 1 year old cats, a few months after getting her (they are sisters and very close). I figured letting them grow up together would be better for both of them. She still seems very curious after 2 years and cannot leave them alone! Not in a bad way. If they are on the move or within sniffing range, she will seek them out. When they run, she runs... When they sit still she just sniffs them until they swipe at her. She even brings them large toys and pushes them into the cats, as she does with my leg when she wants to play. Id also like to note she isnt aggressive with them. I figured after some time her interest would dissipate... but it has not changed.
My in-laws have two smaller beagles. Ember loves them and exhibits the same behavior as with the cats. One is older (is obviously dominant) and doesn't put up with her constant need to follow. If shes outside she will follow the older one, and she tries to play with the younger one. She is way to big though and is kinda clumsy. The smaller one isnt to fond of her for this reason. My dog absolutely loves her though. Again, very focused fascination. play play play.
This is an odd one. My sister has a larger dog. GSD/Lab mix (its a mutt). An amazing dog, very calm and puts up with a lot. Ember knows her as she sees her when I visit my sister etc. She has the same fascination as the others but when inside the house, ember ...constantly... barks at her (hair doesnt stand up or anything). The mutt is obviously dominant. I constantly have to correct her on the barking though. If she goes outside, the barking stops and ember simply follows the mutt everywhere she goes and mimics her behavior. Sniffs the same spots... follows... barks... runs... everything. Sometimes she runs around trying to get her to play but my sisters dog is kinda old and usually is just happy with sniffing. No problems outside at all. When we go back in, ember is tired, lays down... but a short time later continues to bother my sisters dog.
This is the most confusing/annoying one... From a young age she was fearful of other dogs while walking. At some point she just started to bark at them. Her hair will puff up and she will just keep barking. I can correct her, she will keep quiet, but she is focused on the other dog. If stop correcting her she will start barking almost immediately. If dogs get close she will bark until she calms down to sniff. If the other dog is calm it usually works out after some time (but lets face it, most owners don't want to let a barking dog sniff their's). She doesn't do this with people... just dogs. Eventually after some time she will just sniff very intensely.
I was told to socialize her from a young age... I did this by walking a boardwalk near my home where many people walk their dogs. but as she grew and continued to bark it didnt seem to make an impact. I have even taken her to two different trainers... Id also like to note that the trainers found it interesting how she cars more about play then food. they said most of the time training with food works, but for some reason my dog seems to be less concerned with dog treats.
My wife was thinking of either taking her to a behaviorist or maybe she just needs another dog. A second large dog for her to play with would be good I think, but could also be a little much to take care of. She has a decent sized back yard to run around in at home and even larger areas at the parents homes.
Anyone have thoughts?