Excitement or fear? Barking at Dogs. Wants Play? Scared?

Other dogs - excitement or fear?Excitement or fear – it can begin as one and change to the other.

Reuben barks at other dogs – but not always.

Sometimes he gets excited and wants to play – but it’s not always that.  Sometimes he’s afraid. Then he barks at the other dog to go away.

Mostly he runs freely with other dogs, playing happily. Just occasionally on these occasions things get too much for him or another dog upsets him. Then he may show aggression. He has punctured a dog’s ear.  Excitement or fear – it can begin as one and change to the other.

Even dogs who are mostly fine with other dogs have their moments. Then the owner can be affected out of all proportion, making walks a worry instead of a joy. (more…)

Aggression Towards Other Dogs Began Six Months Ago

Aggression towards other dogs when out on walks might be the problem but the causes probably have tentacles in other areas of her life.

Reactivity is always as a result of some sort of stress – fear being the most likely. Stress isn’t a thing that is there one minute and gone the next. The surprise or shock may be sudden, but the effects linger. We know with ourselves that once things start to go wrong nothing seems to go right. We get into a progressively touchy mood. Stress builds up. (more…)

Impulse Control Comes First

She may ignore her humans and lacks impulse control. Eighteen-month-old German Shepherd Diva is a great personality. She is friendly, confident and fearless. She is also very demanding. They have had several German Shepherds in the past, but never one like Diva. She has become increasingly hostile to other dogs. In order to achieve their end Read more…

Rehomed Older Dog

As is often the case with a rehomed older dog, it’s impossible to know how that dog will be when he has had time to settle into his new home and a totally different lifestyle. When a dog has probably spent his recent years shut indoors, it is hardly surprising Read more…

Roaming Free, Now on Lead

Two of these little dogs had been fending for themselves on the streets of Romania. The two girls, black and white Bonnie with little terrier Elma (both on the right) were probably abandoned pets. The lady is an experienced dog owner – particularly with rescue dogs. She took on much Read more…