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    I just rang a dog trainer to find out about puppy training for pepper, but also with Mowie he has a habit of barking at our neighbours and their female dog he is also territorial with our fence line, but he has let work men come into the yard and just walked to them to for a pat.

    The trainer told me that because of the first part of his behaviour he is classed as an aggressive dog, is this true?

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    Hi,

    I believe in general barking dogs are regarded as aggressive.

    IMO it really should be defined better. If you think your dog is not aggressive, i would not worry too much at this stage as sometimes puppy tends to bark a bit more. Having said that constant barking is another matter. It can be stressful to your neighbours, attract fine from council, and be dangerous for your dog (some nasty people around there).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MowieandRissa View Post
    I just rang a dog trainer to find out about puppy training for pepper, but also with Mowie he has a habit of barking at our neighbours and their female dog he is also territorial with our fence line, but he has let work men come into the yard and just walked to them to for a pat.

    The trainer told me that because of the first part of his behaviour he is classed as an aggressive dog, is this true?
    I suggest you find another trainer, as he obviously doesn't have a clue. Just because your dog barks doesn't make him aggressive. My dogs bark at strangers when they first see them behind a fence, but if I let them in they would come for a pat. If I weren't home, my rottie would probably attack an intruder, which is normal behaviour, but I have a sign on my fence so it's their problem if they're dumb enough to enter. I still wouldn't regard her as aggressive as she is really polite.
    Aggression is a tad bit complex just to label any barking dog with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by MowieandRissa View Post
    I just rang a dog trainer to find out about puppy training for pepper, but also with Mowie he has a habit of barking at our neighbours and their female dog he is also territorial with our fence line, but he has let work men come into the yard and just walked to them to for a pat.

    The trainer told me that because of the first part of his behaviour he is classed as an aggressive dog, is this true?
    Then this trainer has never met German Shepherds, who are very vocal. Mine has a very loud bark/talking that he only uses for his girlfriend, he's delighted to see her every morning. He barks non stop, but also is talking to her. And there is not an aggressive bone in his body. He has other vocal sounds that he uses with my husband. Each evening, after hubby is sat and relaxed, Bernie sits next to him, and starts 'talking' to him. Barking does not = aggression IMO.

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    I hope that I can help you. I own two german shepherds and have had issues with aggression in the past. There are a couple of options... first of all you need to get the dog on leash all the time and make him/her come with you whereever you go and walk him at least 2 times per day (30-45 min walks). You also during these walks not allow him to walk in front of you, this establishes that you are the boss and make the decisions. Also, you need to take the dog to some sort of training class and commit to taking it seriously outside of class. It is really hard to break a habit but with positive reinforcement for good behavior and no response to negative behavior the dog should relize that if it wants attention it must do the "desired behavior". TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING!!! I cannot stress enough being consistant at home and outside the home. I know it is not an easy solution but it is proven that a well trained dog that know boundries and rules of the house is a balanced dog and will consistantly be a better pet.
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    The point is that the dog is not aggressive. Barking does NOT make the dog aggressive, and if a trainer classes the dog as aggressive by just that fact alone, then you need to find another one.

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    Thank you everyone, we are meeting with a trainer tomorrow for a 2 hour session, I will let everyone know how it works out.

    Also an update my neighbour has been away with his dog for the past week and the only time we have heard my dog is when he talks to us or at night a couple of small barks along with the other side dog, I think it may be a rabbit, fox or something like that.

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    my boy always barks at new people, i feel it is his way of saying i dont know you.. once he has smelled the person he is happy to sit down quietly and ignore the new person

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