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    Bella is usually pretty quiet at DT, I think she's intimidated by the other dogs, but she drools whenever she goes there. Like, full-on-entire-throat-soaked drooling. I think its just excitement, but she also barks at the instuctor, every single time she comes to take my ticket. Vicki always goes 'Hello, Bella,' and we are working on Vicki being able to pat her, but she barks whenever she starts talking to her, and when she is walking away. What should I do to correct this? I use a check chain on her, because she slips her collar when she doesn't want to go somewhere (to get to the place where we train she has to squeeze through some long grass- last ime I asked her to jump it by pointing and saying jump. now she love to go through it!! She leaps over it like a gazelle. Its the height of my thigh!!) Do you think Bella's barking is out of fear? she wont take treats when she is out, only at home, so I can't get Vicki to feed her treats.... What should I do?

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    She is barking out of fear.

    In a class situation it is hard to get/give the right help to some dogs.

    I wouldn't push myself (as the instructor) on Bella.

    She is not taking treats at training because she is too stressed.

    If the trainer was to sit on the ground with her back to Bella and you walked Bella back and forth past the trainer Bella may come around. But really she has a class to run so it's hard to give that sort of attention to one.

    Is it really important that the trainer be able to approach Bella?

    Do nothing, don't react, DO NOT check her. Send out calm positive thoughts, talk to the trainer, forget Bella is there.

    And remember to actually get her past this the trainer would have to be willing to stand in front of Bella until there was a change in her behaviour otherwise Bella believes that her barking etc is what sends the trainer away.

    It's what we call Postman Syndrome. He stepped onto my property/into my personal space and when I barked I told him and he went away.

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    To add to what mac has said ... If your trainer does not have the time or patience to wait for bella to calm down try you being the one to walk away with Bella instead of letting her stand there barking thinking that it is making the instuctor go away which is all she really wants.
    Like MAC said it is crucial that you stay calm and possitive bella will take her ques from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    She is barking out of fear.

    In a class situation it is hard to get/give the right help to some dogs.

    I wouldn't push myself (as the instructor) on Bella.

    She is not taking treats at training because she is too stressed.

    If the trainer was to sit on the ground with her back to Bella and you walked Bella back and forth past the trainer Bella may come around. But really she has a class to run so it's hard to give that sort of attention to one.

    Is it really important that the trainer be able to approach Bella?

    Do nothing, don't react, DO NOT check her. Send out calm positive thoughts, talk to the trainer, forget Bella is there.

    And remember to actually get her past this the trainer would have to be willing to stand in front of Bella until there was a change in her behaviour otherwise Bella believes that her barking etc is what sends the trainer away.

    It's what we call Postman Syndrome. He stepped onto my property/into my personal space and when I barked I told him and he went away.
    its not really a problem, but it might be if I decide to do agility with her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    its not really a problem, but it might be if I decide to do agility with her.
    Just keep in mind that agility is not something you can make your dog do if it does not want to do it. If she is so stressed in obedience maybe you should work on that before trying to get her into such a high energy environment, it could scare her more to have excited dogs jumping around.
    Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    its not really a problem, but it might be if I decide to do agility with her.
    Why? Is your instructor going to handle your dog for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Why? Is your instructor going to handle your dog for you?
    no, but their are going to be a lot of excited people and dogs there, so I dont want her being scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    no, but their are going to be a lot of excited people and dogs there, so I dont want her being scared.
    The more stressed you are about her fear, the more fear she is going to show...

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    I dont worry about it though

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