Bark Bark Growl Bark Bark-Lundge
So my girl is not good with new people- she has been like this since i got her- she was barking/growling/staying as far away from me on the leash as possible the first day i got her.
But now if we walk by someone on the sidewalk and they are at least 15 feet away she is fine and just watches them (usually doesnt take her eyes off them) If someone walks by our house she barks and barks and barks, honestly i think she learned this from the other two dogs in the house because she never did that before.
For a while she was clearly fearful of new people and she would do less barking and growling than, until the person came to her level and reached out their arm andt hen she would bark and growl a lot. So after this i posted on here and went according to what a lot of people said. And anyways we have been working on trusting new people on her terms and time. I have people i know throw her treats and she wille ventually take it from that persons hand. But nothing more than that. Which is an improvement.
But i am wondering if with time, feeling more comfortable in her new home, or perhaps its me who changed is why her behavior seems to be different than before.
I do know she is still fearful of new people but she also is barking and growls a little bit and will lundge at them if they look at her or me, say anything to us, or walk right next to us. Is she guarding me now? Is her confidence up? Is she doing this out of her fear? Or is it simply that she doesnt know how to properly say hi to someon? Or is it something else?
What i have been doing when she srts barking and growling is i have her sit and i let them pass by and i tell the person to just keep walking. She will usually stop barking once i have her in the sit and am holding her but she watches them clearly because she does not trust them.
In general she has been lately a bit aloof on our walks. She still checks in with eye contact and i praise her when she does this, but when she sees someone even it they are 100 feet away she will have to watch them or even someones randomly if a car goes by she has to watch it and not with other cars.
What am i doing wrong? And what can i do to help her?
I think she is both doing a warning bark at them and with because of her fear and distrust in people is going after them? (She lundges but i dont know what she would do, i dont think she would bite them i think she is just going up to them?)
her behavior has changed since last time and i think i need to approach this differently now.
Please help! Thanks guys!
Oh and just an insteresting addition: My trainer walked her for a few minutes. And she was not doing any of that behavior at her while the leash was in her hands. She didnt have the oppurtunity to walk next to new people to see if they did the same reaction while she was walking her. But she did say all she was doing was trying to find me and that if she let her loose she would have ben searching the whole building tills he found me. So is this insecurity? Or does she feel the need to protect me and if she cant see me she cant protect me and this is also why she hates it when i leave or when any of the family members including the dogs leave the house?
Mom of: "Zelda"
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Born: December 15, 2012
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Last edited by VTGirlT; 07-16-2013 at 11:08 PM.