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Old 07-14-2011, 08:55 AM   #1
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We took Kookie on her first walk yesterday in the neighborhood (my wife and I's first walk since moving in a year ago) and it was a eye opening experience. Some reason, Kookie was barking at everyone who was outside; walkers, joggers, children playing, standers, etc. This really worry my wife and I of this new strong behavior. Is there a way to control this? We want to take her on walks but not if she's going to bark at everyone. Don't want to be flagged as the house with the barking mean dog. We already got one of those in the neighborhood. We plan to check at the daycare if see barks there or not. They provide is with a daily report card of how Kookie is doing during her stay. Thanks.

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Maybe when she is more familiar with people she is seeing and the neighborhood she won't bark as much. Can you go up to people and introduce kookie and maybe slip then a treat to give her to help?
Don't get her too dependent on treats though.
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That will be something we'll need to do then. Go walking with treats and do introductions with people we encounter. This kind of critical with one of our side neighbors who is older and have their very young grandkids playing in the backyard play area. We do not have fencing but investing in an invisible fence.

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Does she do anything else when she's barking? Does she lunge or pull or does she just bark as she's walking? My dog has issues with barrier frustration. This means he's reactive when he sees a dog on on-leash walks, from behind windows, and in the car. He barks like a maniac and lunges and pulls because he wants to go see them. It definitely takes a lot of effort and training to work through, we are in a class for it now, but it's all about socialization and desensitization.

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She does pulls some. It doesn't sound like an aggressive bark but it's loud and full. She kinda grunts and hard exhaled through snout before barking. She stops to bark with ears perked and slightly forward. The person could be passing by on the sidewalk or across the street.

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Bruschi does the grunting and hard exhaling too. His bark also sounds aggressive. We've never allowed him to actually go up and meet another dog when he acts that way, only because I honestly don't know how he would react. He's always fine with dogs when he's off leash and really enjoys playing, but I just am overly cautious. I think as long as you read up on dog body language you should be able to tell if she is able to actually meet the person she's barking at or not.

Like I said I'm still working on training my dog too so I definitely don't have the best knowledge on this. I'll let others join in...

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If it's unwanted behaviour which it is I would personaly get Kookie to sit and be calm only approach other people/dogs when Kookie complies. The training method is called NILIF ( Nothing In Life Is Free!) Do some research in to this and there are threads on her on the very subject!

Use the search engine on here at the top right of every page! it's a good
positive way to train a dog and it's kind too Re the invisble fence is this a electric type of fence? Good Luck!! Let us know how you get on and do the day care also help with training too? ATB
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Good morning,
I checked at the daycare and found she doesn't bark. she's like the cute rising star with the staff there. LOL. I'm research another facility that has a nice looking training program for puppies that one of my co-workers uses. I hope we can get Kookie in since she is on the older side of the age group, but she needs these basic skills in place.

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