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Old 10-11-2006, 06:26 AM   #1
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I have posted before re puppy biting which thanks to some good advice and alot of research is now much better.

The problem now is that Mistie our puppy is now barking at me. I know this may be to get my attention and I have tried to ignore it but she just keeps going. I have also tried the time out method but if I leave here for just a couple of minutes she just comes back and starts again. Any advice would be appreciated.

I also had a strange thing this morning I took her out for a good walk down by the river (at least 40 minutes) but when we got back she went manic she was tearing around the house with a soft toy growling then she started on me biting at my trousers and really snarling. She has done this before after a walk and I do not understand it. I had to put her in time out in the end. Has anyone had this problem and if so what do you do?

Mistie is 18 weeks old, a springer cocker cross and came from a good breeder. She also goes to puppy classes. We have also had a dog before (a border collie who we lost in January) so we are experienced and know not to treat her like a baby etc. She is not allowed in the bedroom or the bathroom, she always gets her food after us, is not allowed through doors before us etc. She also knows the basic commands.

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Old 10-11-2006, 06:31 AM   #2
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Just a quick one - gotta go walk the dogs!

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I took her out for a good walk down by the river (at least 40 minutes) but when we got back she went manic she was tearing around the house with a soft toy growling then she started on me biting at my trousers and really snarling.
Our new dog does this often (though not the biting at trousers thing). After an hour, pretty much off lead, in 100's of acres of parkland she comes home with the crazies! She's 11 months old now & a rather big dog & at first it was somewhat frightening, especially the way she would throw herself around the place.

When they've got the crazies any intervention is like an invitation to carry on. I ignore her completely, go into another room & close the door. Another thing I do is get out the high value treats & make her do a few minutes of sits, downs & stays - that has pretty much worked every time.

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Thanks for the reply the training distraction sounds brilliant as she is very into this and enjoys the treats.

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Back from the walk & we're all soaking wet! Of course the rain has stopped now (must be raining where you are too, I'm not that far away).

I've not encountered this problem before re: the barking. I would continue with the ignoring, but then praise & treat the minute she stops. If she starts again turn your back on her. She needs to learn that barking gets the opposite of what she wants, which is your attention. You could also try a loud noise distraction to get her to stop, but with some dogs I suspect that might lead to even more barking, so you'd have to play that one by ear (as it were).

One thing I've been doing with the new dog when she misbehaves to get attention is going into another room & closing the door. Also, don't respond to her everytime she comes to you on her own. Tilda will often just come to me looking for attention & half the time I completely ignore her, like she isn't there. It's difficult at first, but it does work. She gets attention when I decide, not when she decides.

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Once again thanks for the help. I will try the ignoring and see how that goes.



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Hi Angelface,
The tearing around and acting manic is kind of her way of saying thanks. I know it is weird, but she will grow out of it.
Don't bother with 'time-out's, they may work with uman children but they have no use for dogs. I don't know how this got started. Anyway, you can try turning your back and ignoring her, but you have to be very consistent. If she stops barking for a few moments, turn to her and pet her and say 'good dog'.

" I had to put her in time out in the end. "

I hope this does not mean you are putting her in her crate for some length of time? This is not a good idea, actually counterproductive. It will eventually render the crate training useless.

Another thing you can try is to grab her snout and hold it shut, and say sternly 'no bark'.

Anyway good luck, and believe me when I say you will miss the puppy days when they are grown up, calm dogs.
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Thanks for the reply. No I do not put her in her crate. We have a playpen for the time outs.

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