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Old 02-04-2014, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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From the very start my 6 month old -Pixie, has been barking at the neighbours dog.

The neighbours back garden backs onto my back garden with a slotted wooden fence separating, so if she is out at the toilet and the other dog gets let out the back she either hears or sees through the slots or smells this dog and starts barking / growling.

I remove her from the situation straight away by rattling her food dish and she comes inside, her recall is low at this point.

Is this a sign of needing socialization? I'm taking her to puppy classes soon..
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think it has anything to do with socialisation, more guarding her property.

You could start training her to ignore the other dog. Each day go out and either wait for other dog to come outside or organise with that owner to let dog out at certain time and try to refocus Pixie from the other dog, ie when dog comes out use treats to get Pixies attention, make her sit then reward her, make her 'look' at you and reward her, do this a number of times then go in side. If you can do this everyday, it may help to desensitize her interest in the other dog. Also important for you to completely ignore the other dog, she will follow your lead.

This is what I did with the dog that lives behind us, my 2 ignore him when he is in his back yard and they are in ours with only a fence separating them, funny though when he walks past our front yard (our property is fully fenced) on lead with his owner both Lola and Harry carry on like pork chops.
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Luckily enough it happens very seldom but the times it does happen, she is in guard mode and I never thought it would be possible for her to take a treat from me when she is like this but I will give it a shot!

Unfortunately the back neighbour instantly brings her dog in when pixie barks or the dog runs inside as the door is left ajar, its a small dog so easily frightened & neighbour probably over protective...

Am I right in saying that this won't help the problem, Pixie feels like she has won and defended her property..?

Think the neighbour isn't too pleased about this situation.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes I think you are right in say Pixie might think she has chased off the offending dog etc. You could try and talk to your neighbour and explain Pixie is only 6mo and you would like to train her to accept her little one and to ignore, so if she is ok with this to allow her little one out for 5 or 10 minutes while you do your training - might be worth a try, if not then try your training when you can.
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Your dog is only 6 months old so you are doing a great job seeing an issue and working on it. You only will have control over YOUR dog and I love that as soon as your dog barks you take her back into the house. I'd keep doing that.

Make sure you do attend dog classes. But you can also supplement that with trips to pet stores, down Main Street, visiting friends/neighbors. Making play dates.

Have you seen this (and you can add your own photos!) ===> Why bother to 'socialize' and I want photos/videos of puppies/dogs.....

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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why don't you arrange a meeting the so the dogs can meet.
let them meet a few times. my neighboors an i always let
our meet, play in each others yard. now when the dogs are out
they bark for the other dog to come. my neighbor said "he's not
barking for Loki to come out. he's barking for you to come and treat
him". lol.

introduce the dogs.
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First I would meet your neighbor without your dog and have a positive conversation in which you tell her sorry for the trouble or something like that and that you will do everything to make this work. Communication is often lacking in nowadays' neighborhoods.
Next is to keep your dog leashed for the potty trips so you can stay close by her and work with her at the sight/smell/sound of the other dog like others have already mentioned.
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