Baby due in five weeks. Just five weeks. Then they will have friends and health visitor calling to see the baby. If that happened today it would be a noisy problem. They may be unable to talk due to Cavachon Gigi’s barking. Gigi also barks at people she hears outside Read more…
Bo reacts with fearful barking when a guest visits their flat. Bo has lived with the couple since he was a puppy. He’s now one year old today! Although they started off well with his meeting people and socialisation, lockdown has made keeping it up difficult. ‘Socialisation’ which means happy Read more…
Working Cocker Spaniel Lottie has a rather unusual living situation. It all started very well when she was a puppy, but then things changed. As she became older, she grew more alert. Lottie lives with the young lady in an army barracks – in the mess. Living in officers’ mess Read more…
I always ask what people want of their dog when I first arrive. The gentleman said ‘an obedient dog’ and the lady said a dog that she could walk.
The two are part of the same thing. In my own words what they want is a fulfilled, happy and motivated dog.
The less compliant and obedient a dog is, the more a frustrated owner may intensify his or her approach. They repeat commands with a crescendo until they are shouting. This may intimidate some dogs into being obedient.
With adolescence came attitude
Rusti is a tiny 13-month-old Miniature Daschund. She is wary of people. Too often an approaching person means a large hand over her head.
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A looming person. A large hand.
Barney barks with alarm at any sound he hears that could mean someone is approaching the house. It can be a car or footsteps on the gravel.
If outside in the garden, he barks with alarm as someone he doesn’t know approaches the gate. As deliveries or the postman let themselves into the garden, he may sound more fierce.
They are worried he may one day bite.
‘Go Away’, they barked. Four of the last five dogs I have been to are scared of people they don’t know well. Bouncer, a Havenese, is generally anxious. He doesn’t like people approaching him. He barks Go Away. Dudley is a Cavachon who barks Go Away madly when people come Read more…
Belle was found with her siblings, at just a few weeks old, by the roadside. From the beginning,, in her loving home, the Whippet mix was a scared and nervous puppy – in total contrast to their two Labradors.
When someone comes into the house the scared dog will leap onto the lady’s lap for reassurance.
Belle is now three years old and the behaviours her fear generates are hard for her family to deal with. She is extremely jumpy and scared of many everyday household things.
It’s easy to get cross with too much barking when one seems powerless to stop it.
Emotions behind the behaviour
The main message for helping Belle is for them to consider the emotions that cause her behaviours and deal with them instead of trying to stop the actions themselves. It can help to translate it into human terms. For instance, they wouldn’t scold a child who was crying due to fear. They would address the fear itself. (more…)
Percy didn’t like me!
At least, he didn’t like me in his house with the young man and woman present. It seems, had they been out somewhere, he would have been friendly and welcoming.
Instead, he barked at me fiercely.
The man took Percy behind a gate where, despite still being able to see me, he seemed quite calm. The man led him back in again and Percy once more barked at me in a protective, angry tone from his position beside the man. (more…)
His young lady owner refers to him as antisocial – towards other dogs in particular.
Gunther is yet another young dog that has lacked the right kind of early socialisation or sufficient habituation. He should have encountered a variety of people, other dogs and been exposed to life in general during the second, third and fourth months of his life – before he came. It’s little wonder he’s antisocial at times.
The 8-month-old Dachshund I met wanted to be friendly but he’s torn between friendliness and fearfulness. He barked at me for a while before, quite suddenly, becoming my best friend. (more…)