This has been a week for small dogs needing help, including two miniature daschunds. Digby was an unusual brindled colour. I was called out because he barks at passers by, he barks at the letter box, he barks at cars and animals on TV. He goes into a panic. He also barked at me. He cries and barks when he is left alone. He also persistently toilets in the house.
It is five days later and I have just spoken to them. No toileting in the house since I saw them. They are following the plan and working consistently on the barking in a kind and fair way.
This picture is of Bailey, the daschund I visited this evening. His problems are very similar to those of Digby, though his barking is more excessive. Like Digby, his barking is all through fear. He gets very excited and when he is stressed he compulsively licks himself. Initially he was barking continuously at me as I sat on the sofa, but soon we had a quiet evening – unusually quiet for Bailey – after I showed Bailey’s lady owner how to relieve him of his fearful barking at me. Bailey was then relaxed until I stood up to go. He was rather suspicious about having my camera pointed at him for a photo before I left!