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    Default My Dachshund barks at other dogs at the park.

    Hi,

    I have an 11 month old miniature dachshund who barks at other dogs when we go to the park. It happens probably 50% of the time. With some dogs she is fine and will run around with them no problems at all, but others she will sprint up to them and bark at them. I wouldn’t describe the bark as aggressive but it’s certainly not a ‘come and play with me’ bark.

    Additionally, if dogs are play fighting at the park she will always run up to them and bark – it’s like she is playing referee. I would like to stop her doing it as it is not appropriate.

    She is de-sexed and is progressing through obedience training without any problems.

    Other than the barking she is well mannered e.g. at home she won’t touch her dinner until I give her the command (even if I walk out of the room), she will sit and lay down on command and wait for me to go through a door until I do. I can leave her on one side of the road and cross but she won’t move until I tell her to.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Hi 'Darren13' and to the forum !

    Some breeds of dogs love to hear the sound of their own voices – and yes – you have one of those breeds ! Mini dachies are known to bark a lot ! Just part of their personality !

    I would be careful taking your pup to the park – because of her shape and how easy it would be for another bigger dog to inadvertently injure your pup’s back.

    Some links that you may find helpful:

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    English | Dogmantics Dog Training

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    kikopup - YouTube

    Knowledge Base | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    Keep up with the obedience training and most of all - have fun !

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    Hi Darren13

    Anything your dog does that you don't like... you need to stop or interrupt it.

    Ideally no scolding or yelling by you - because that sounds like you approve of the barking - and you're helping. Like when one dog starts barking and all the others join in. Your dog starts barking - you don't want to join in because that encourages something you don't want.

    So best approach - if you can see the triggers in advance eg dogs starting to play fight, or the dogs she likes to bark at, catch your dog *before* she sees the other dogs, put her on lead for a bit and keep her attention on you. When the whatever it is stops or you are sufficiently far away she won't notice or go bark... then you can release her again.

    It's good to practice catch and release at the park many times - so the dog doesn't connect being on lead with going home or being punished.

    If you're too late and she's already barking... go get her, don't say anything, don't praise or get treats out, just grab her collar and put her on lead and walk her away nice and calmly and as soon as she can pay attention to you - then praise. Avoid food at this point - because if you have a very clever dog (like mine) she may learn to get the food treat - act naughty, then the boss will catch me and give me treats.

    Look at That aka LAT and Behaviour Adjustment Training aka BAT (things to google).
    These are two ways of training your dog to be calm and paying attention to you when she does see the exciting bark worthy dogs (or cats or any other distracton) over there...

    She's on lead - so you have control...
    you point out the exciting thing "look at that" from a distance that is just on the edge of where she can see the distraction but still pay attention to you. She looks at it, you say "yes", she looks at you - you praise for paying attention to you. If she can't pay attention to you - you're too close and move away until she is paying attention to you and repeat.

    I tried this with food rewards and got a massive fail - I was actually rewarding my dog for acting all excited barking and lunging at the thing (lawnmower man) - so I was increasing the behaviour I didn't want. Oops.

    I stopped using food rewards... and started working inside the house (couldn't get far enough away for her to pay attention otherwise), and she's improving. Today we were able to say hello to the lawnmower man after he'd done with the exciting mowers... and then actually ignore him... WOW. He still doesn't trust her and neither do I. If he ran or got the mower out - she'd still "heel" him.

    The main thing is to prevent her from doing what you don't want, and praise her for doing what you do want. If you're confident enough to test her new understanding - release her off lead and then call her back to you. If she loses it, just go get her and start over.

    I have a massive distraction for my dog at another park - the cookie man - and I think I did three laps of the cricket oval - with her on lead until she could walk past where he sits without trying to go say hello. And eventually, after a good lap, I gave her permission to say hello. This is called the PREMACK principle - where you use the thing the dog wants most for reward. This is only ok for things that it's ok for the dog to have/do but not steal. Ie not the barking, and not killing native wild life and not chasing cars and not (kitchen) counter surfing. Some things are never ok.

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    Thanks Hyacinth and Riley J, that has given me a number of things to try out at the park.

    Much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren13 View Post
    Thanks Hyacinth and Riley J, that has given me a number of things to try out at the park.

    Much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Darren
    Don't forget to tell us how you go ! Good Luck and have fun !

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