Join Date: May 2014
Location: Medway, Massachusetts
Fear or excitement? how to distinguish
My GSD barks at everything and everyone; I am not sure when is the proper time to use a correction and when i should work on distracting him or walking away from the situation. I don't want to use a correction when not necessary because I am afraid he will become aggressive. Right now(he is 6 months old) he seems like he wants to get to people or other dogs and he will bark until he gets there. With dogs he stops barking as soon as he reaches them, but with other people he will bark a bit more after he gets to them. His tail is up and looks like he just wants to be heard, but I am very nervous every time people want to pet him. He barks the same way to my father in law, which he sees on a daily basis, like he barks at a jogger across the street. He only barks when he is around me or my husband. We have a martingale collar on him and I am supposed to get him into a sit position besides me every time I want to greet people. If people want to pet him, he is supposed to stay by my side and watch me while he is getting petted by someone else. Same with other dogs, I should give him permission to go and smell other dogs if the person I meet agrees. How am I supposed to do this if he barks non stop? I tried the distraction, I tried the correction, he just doesn't seem to get it. How can I communicate to my dog what I want from him?