Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Barking just to bark?
Drake has started a new habit.
He will bark at ANYTHING even me or my fiance when he doesn't know it is us coming up the basement stairs. He barks at my fiance's brother who lives with us when he walks up the stairs. Is it because dogs eye sight are not very good?
I honestly do not know how to correct this behavior. He is obviously "caught off guard" and his intitial reaction is to bark. He will bark and walk up to you.
He barks at people walking by on the sidewalk while he is sitting at our bay window. He stays in the yard off leash at all times and that is when we play with his ball in the yard. But, immediately if someone is walking up to the house (mail man/lady) or walking by on the sidewalk Drake goes into barking mode and starts to head towards them (we stop him). He scares the crap out of people because they think he is being "mean". He did this at my large baby shower. He sat in the garage with 20 people but when someone walked up to the garage from the parked cars he jogged towards them barking.
I know this is his instinct to protect or to alert us. It just seems to be getting out of hand. I would like to know a way to let Drake know that it isn't bad to bark because I want him to be alert if someone bad were to break in or attack us. Although, I don't want barking at every single person that walks up to us or walks by.
When the mail lady walked up to the house today with a package she caught us off guard when we were playing ball in the yard. I had to immediately grab Drake by his collar because he started to walk towards her barking. I made him sit and waited for my fiance to get the package at the door. I kept trying to distract Drake with his ball to take his focus off her but he kept focusing right back to her.
I feel like I am not controlling this sitaution very well and I need to before I have Drake and the baby at the same time some place.
Is there a way to train Drake to NOT bark at everyone/everything that walks by or approaches us. Yet, keep him trained to do so when someone approaches our door when he is inside.
Also, need control on the situation with him barking at people who live in the house when they come around the corner or up the basement stairs.
BTW: He gets TONS of socialization and is perfectly fine around crowds of people on and off leash. I THINK it's when he is sort of caught off guard. He is still attending obedience class.
Drake-1 year old GSD- Birthday December 6th
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