We have a 7 month old male White Shepherd, Xander.
We bought him from a breeder who said he was well socialised but we have a problem with him barking.
We put him through puppy training when he was younger.
Unfortunately, our neighbour (we call her Cruella De'Ville) has always hated our dogs and came over to my Husband and told him she would take Xander while he was at work and kill him if we didn't stop him barking.
Now it is the usual story that the barking (whether real or imagined in her sick mind) only takes place to the degree she states when we are not home.
We booked him into a 2 week bootcamp for dogs and the trainer said that the White Sheps were known for this as they are bred from a recessive gene of the German Shepherd and used to be drowned at birth...how gruesome.
About 30 years ago their gentler nature and beauty made them become popular and the breed took off.
He says our pup's barking is a result of severe anxiety....this may be true as he is very timid and wary around people he doesn't know and other 'larger' dogs...doesn't have a prob with smaller dogs. He has been with us since he was 6 weeks old and has lived with our two Cavvies and the occasional visit from my Daughter's dog - so he has always been with other dogs.
This trainer also said that regardless of their vaccination program - puppies should be taken to dogs parks and the like from 6 weeks of age - he says if you wait till they are fully vaccinated (which is what the Vet says) it is often too late and makes socialisation difficult.
Now, we are not novices with dogs as we also foster Police Shepherds from 8 weeks till 14 months and have never had this issue even abiding by the quarantine period. Although Cruella has always complained - even taking her complaint to the Police!!!!!
I know the obvious solution is somehow getting rid of her - but as that is unlikely, we have to find a way to keep the barking to a min to keep Xander safe from her threats.
We have advised the Police of her threats - but I don't think that would stop her if she wanted to carry it through.
We have tried the bark collar - it worked for awhile - but now he just barks through it. After being away, he was better, but when a group of people stopped out the front of our house with their dogs - he started again and kept if up all day. Seemed to have broken whatever good was done.
Do we try anti anxiety meds....do we resort to getting de-barked?
We are lost but don't want to have to lose him because of this.
Does anyone have any suggestions?