(Closed) Adult Dog Barking/Security Issues

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

It stems from the accident most likely, and your fear and projection through the leash! Do you get a little uneasty every time you walk towards a dog yall don’t know? Even if its just you anticipating her barking spaz out,and not necessarily nervous . believe it or not that is training the dog to associate other dogs with a problem.

I recommend not seeing at as her being “protective” but rather you become the lady in charge and she is insecure. She needs to be corrected with her barking at other dogs/people, and start working on her before it escalates. You can probably see her neck stiffen, her tail raise, intense staring or her head lower a bit when she notices another dog-some type of physical change. At that point, is when she needs to be redirected.

Your DH is probably also higher on the chain of command then you , especially if shes your baby 😉 which would be why she responds better to him, and he probably doesn’t have the same fears/experiences that she had with you.

Post # 5
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Picking her up is a big mistake… it raises her above the other dogs which triggers feelings of dominance, then when she can’t actually interact with the dog, it only frustrates both of them.  I see this ALL THE TIME at the dog park when people walk in with their dogs on leashes, and/or pick them up to remove them from situations.  Not being free to run, play and interact normally (due to leash or carrying) makes them feel trapped and creates very specifically aggressive behaviour.  

My recommendation would be to join a medium/small dog play group in your area.  Look here, or google to find one  http://www.meetup.com/

If she get’s into a confrontation with another dog, pull her away by the collar, but don’t pick her up.  I have a smaller dog too, and if she’s getting too heated with someone else, I’ll ask their owner to take them away, or I’ll physically get between them and block the other dog until it loses interest (note, I’m referring to rough play, but still play, don’t get in the middle of a real dog fight).  

Once she’s comfortable socializing with dogs of her own size, take her to an offleash park, where she can learn to be social with bigger dogs.

In the house, if she’s barking at something outside go to the window and look out, then turn around and firmly shush her, or put her leash on and lead her away from the door or window.  She’s barking to warn you of danger, and you mush acknowledge that she’s warned you, inspect the danger yourself, then indicate to her that you’ve taken care of the problem, it’s not her responsibility.


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