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My boy turned 14 weeks this week. He really has been a great pup in every way except lately he started barking at other dogs he sees. We have a six year old Boston Terrier in the house and they get along fine.

As far as socialization, we go on a walk twice a day. I take him to the school playground, my daughters soccer games, and started puppy kindergarten last week. He loves people of all sizes.

I wouldn't categorize the behavior as aggression, but then again I'm no expert. His hair does stand up a bit. He doesn't charge or anything like that but he does get vocal.

So far, I have tried the following:

*Redirect his attention by turning the other way.
*Getting my boy's attention by saying his name and when he looks, give a treat.
*Just keep walking by the other dog calmly and ignoring the other dog and my dog's barking.
*I never say "it's ok" or comfort him when he displays this behavior.

What should I be doing to stop this behavior? I know he is just a pup and he is still figuring things out but I don't want him to do it....especially in crowded/social places when other dogs are present.

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Madison started the same thing about the same time so I actually let her meet the other dog she was barking at. Not every time but i just treated the situation as a socialising training exercise.
From other threads I've read on here it seems she was just saying 'hey, you over there, hi!' Lol

Madison is only 19 weeks old now but the barking at other dogs is waaaay less. It's like the novelty of meeting every dog in sight is wearing off. My goal for her is indifference :)

You may be doing this already in which case I'd say its just perseverance with what you're already doing.



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My guy is 9 months old, he barks a couple times at other dogs, but its not a bad bark. Its more of a "hey, I see you, whats up?" bark.

Off leash I let him meet the other dog, sniff a little, but then I walk away and call him. He's really good at sticking with me.

Remember, dogs are a pack animal. You should be the pack leader. The dog will follow you. ...Just be wary around cars/trucks when they are young so they don't dart out in the street.

Practice practice practice. If you don't want the dog to do something, Dont ever give up.
 
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