Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
How to Stop Crazy Barking
So Ronin (6 months) has officially hit puberty! Lord help me. Ha ha. He has done a complete 180 and has become stubborn, doesn't like to listen, and is driving me crazy. The one thing that he has started to do as of late, no matter what the sound, and it could be something only he can hear outside even, he will get up, growl and bark his head off, running to the windows and looking out, then running to the other end of the house and doing the same thing, as fast as he can go. I can't see what he's barking at, and then I tell him No and tell him to be quiet. The quiet command isn't working with us yet, but I'm working on it! I don't know how to make him stop. Quiet doesn't work, and I don't want him to always never bark because we had a break-in at the house and it's more a security thing for me now that he's barking louder so I know if there's a problem. But I also want him to go quiet when I tell him to, or ignore the sounds unless it's close to the house.
Or if we are outside, he will sit in the yard with me and then bark at anything that moves outside. Including people. And he is lunging at people when he's on leash. I correct him immediately, and before he hit puberty, we had this almost all worked out. I would tell him no, pull him (gently) back and put him in a sit and he would stop and just watch them. Now, forget it. It's like he's trying to attack them almost sometimes, and he's making people nervous. He is going to obedience classes starting tomorrow so I'm hoping that this will help, but if anyone has any tips for in the meantime that would be great. Thanks!
"I am your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are my life, my leader. I will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of my heart"-I am the German Shepherd