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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-04-2013, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Barking at people

My girl is almost 5 months old and has been barking at people coming into our our home, in stores and on walks. Her hackles are up and barks a very scary bark. She pulls on the leash almost to the point that I can't hold her back. I can't walk her as much as I should be because I have a two year old and can't handle both of them. I try to bring her to pet friendly stores whenever I can too.
Do I ignore this behavior and keep moving like I don't even hear her or do I somehow correct her? Shes really shaping up to be an awesome dog. Great with the kids and other dogs at doggie daycare. I'd love suggestions on how to stop this behavior. Thanks


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Yes. That's exactly what it looks like but more anxiety and no focus on me. The trainer in the video uses a prong collar. That's fine for training but will that always be necessary? Is there a point when you can walk the dog without it after the dog getting used to listening and focusing because of it?


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This is a great article imo on what you are experiencing

http://www.sdhumane.org/site/DocServ....pdf?docID=580

I have had success with a high value treat or toy and working from a distance, a threshold, on concentrating on me and not what causes the reaction.

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The trainer in the video uses a prong collar. That's fine for training but will that always be necessary? Is there a point when you can walk the dog without it after the dog getting used to listening and focusing because of it?
At your dogs age, 5 months, and b/c it is a fear reaction I would be hesitant to use a correction or prong collar. A correction as in saying nope and turning and walking away would be better at this time I would think. This is new for me so someone else may have better advice.

Here's a couple recent threads, there are more if you look through puppy behavior and puppy development or search

Need advice on troubling behavior

Need some help - STILL barking at other dogs

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Thank you so much! We do watch from a distance quite a bit. Mostly from our car. When she notices someone or something and watches without barking she gets a "good quiet". It's pretty embarrassing but we keep getting out as much as possible. So, just walking away from whatever is causing the response is the best thing to do for now?


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MaggieRoseLee always gives great advice!!

If you are going to try this method (and I highly recommend it), try to prevent the dog from rehearsing the unwanted behavior. Take a break from socializing, a couple weeks won't retard the dogs development, and work on teaching this coping mechanism, then introduce the "distractions" slowly.

The more you allow the dog to rehearse the unwanted behavior, the more difficult it can be to unteach it.

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The trainer in the video uses a prong collar.
Looks to me that both dogs are on harnesses? I didn't see a prong. She even says not to correct your dog.

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I'm not sure what video I watched now. I thought it was one of the links but maybe not. I'm not crazy though! One of them had prong collars on the dogs. Lol


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