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    Does your dog bark at other dogs?

    Gracie has taken to it. If she sees a dog anywhere, even quite a while away, if we're walking in that direction she will start barking until we pass and even then she turns back around to keep going
    I've been trying different things but nothing has worked so far, of course this means I haven't had the chance to do something consistently

    She's not being aggressive and she doesn't growl or anything when they finally meet
    I'm sure it's more of a 'stay away from my owner' type deal as she's become quite the one man dog recently
    She is getting better at letting me pat other dogs though!

    Any suggestions would be great

    Hope you're all well, haven't dropped by lately!

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    I did a session with a dog trainer for Banjo's grumpiness around other dogs recently. Still not quite sure it was overly useful. But the technique we practised to prevent Banjo tensing up and posturing when she sees other dogs did seem to work quite well. It basically was just physically blocking her. So I'd kinda walk into her pushing her slightly away from the other dog, always making sure I was in between the 2 dogs. And as soon as she relaxed, we would continue walking. It's kinda hard to explain now. In the exercise we walked up and down, parallel to the other dog's path and gradually decreased the distance. Which I find very hard to put to use in the real world.

    But if you think it is your dog thinking they need to protect you, this may be a useful way to give her the message that you will take control over the situation.

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    I have been working on teaching Maggie "hush" she randomly barks at people if we are sitting and they are coming towards us ( like at the beach)
    Not reliable yet, but improving.Did well today when we were sitting at the park and there were people on the road.
    If she does it at home (excessively) I ask her to sit on her day bed for 5 minutes, the message being settle down. Works fine.
    Not sure what I would do if we were on the move when she started barking.

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    Frosty decided she was going to have a go at a BC x poodle that was approaching us in a very rude fashion (pulling on lead then growling and barking). I'd already moved her out of the way of the approaching dog and handler. So I got right in front of her and blocked her view and path to the other dog until she got some self control back.

    I used to try to get her attention back with treats, but this made the problem worse - ie I act like I'm going to kill another dog and mum gives me treats... bad idea with my dog. She's quite the actress when she thinks there is food in it.

    So today - I just got right in her face, facing her, and asked her what she thought she was doing. And each time she tried to look around my legs - I moved so she couldn't. And I waited until she was quite calm before continuing to where I was going. If she meets these dogs off lead in the park - there's no problem - she sniffs and moves on. But on lead in the street... I probably did something wrong (like frowning at rude poodle crosses) that set her off.

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    Hyacinth makes a good point, maybe check if she is responding to you, doesn't sound like it though. But Gracie is a smart little chook so ..hmmm

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    I've been going to ask about this 'blocking' action, but I think Hyacinth may have just answered. When you block your dog, are you always facing your own dog? What if the approaching dog is off leash and you're not sure what it's going to do? Different action altogether? Is the blocking mainly for on-leash, more controlled situations...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    Hyacinth makes a good point, maybe check if she is responding to you, doesn't sound like it though. But Gracie is a smart little chook so ..hmmm
    This. She completely ignores me. Eyes on the target, ears up, leaning forward...
    Should I work on getting her to pay better attention to me in the first place? When we're not in this situation she is very attentive though
    I tend to pull her away with the lead and try to sit her down which sometimes ends up me forcing her to sit, standing or crouching in front of the oncoming dogs and trying to focus her attention elsewhere - yet to succeed

    She is barking a LOT more at home as well, which we ignore as we were originally taught to do, but she can end up going for 2 or 3 minutes of straight barking!
    Trying to abide by the any attention is good attention rule so I don't want to reprimand her for barking at home

    She just had two months of calm, fairly good behaviour... I feel a storm is brewing

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