now they are sleeping together.
How cute is that! Our two share a sofa but they never snuggle up like that.
Hi all. I was wondering if I could seek some advice.
Bruno is settling in well. Our leash training is coming along nicely and we can walk on a loose leash about 60% of the walk. More if we walk longer and he gets tired.
One thing I have noticed is Bruno barking at sudden noises or when the kids jump on the trampoline. He also sometimes (not frequently) barks at Max my five year old if he is running around or generally being a kid. Bruno doesn't growl, lunge, raise his hackles or tail or bare his teeth. His tail is wagging also. He just barks a bit with a bit of a howl too. Its like he doesn't know wether to be scared or excited. Other than that he is fine and likes the kids and is gentle with them. I am always supervising though regardless. He also barks at birds, plastic bags - he even barked when I slipped on a DVD cover left by one of my kids.
Can this behaviour be attributed to the fear phase puppies his age go through? Will it go away as he reaches maturity? Any tips to help him along?
as always, grateful for any help
It could be a lot of things going on here. New home, new and different noises, being part of a family instead of in a pen at a breeders place ……… fear period and/or becoming a PITA teenager ! 8 months old in a pup is an ‘interesting’ age !
Bruno hasn't been with you all that long – so would be still settling in and working out what is what in your place.
You and your family worked your 'magic touch' with Serena and so I expect you will have the same success with Bruno.
I would be continuing on with what you have been doing. Concentrate on his training - even increasing it to get you over this period, keep taking him out and about – new places are always good for pups. Your aim is to build a very strong bond with Bruno - where he feels safe and secure - and that takes time.
So some links for you:
Found these links about - Debunking the myth of reinforcing fear in dogs:
Myth of reinforcing fear | Fearful Dogs
You can't reinforce fear- dog training - YouTube
Loose leash walking:
How to teach a dog not to pull on leash: Leash walking - YouTube
How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking - YouTube
Other links that may be useful for loose leash walking – and other stuff !
kikopup - YouTube
My dog does this really cute rrooo roooo rooooowwlll - when she's trying to get people or dogs to join her game (chase me is a good start...). She will come up, say hello, play bow, run off, turn around, drop - sometimes with her butt still in the air and do the cute howl. I cannot get it on cue... she does it when she wants something.He just barks a bit with a bit of a howl too.
She also does it when her friends she was playing with - have to leave - like "COME BACK and PLAY roo rooo rooowwwllll"...
Could also be the start of something my Mojo does. It wasn't till i asked about it on this forum i was taught about some dogs playing 'Peacemaker'.
Any sort of shenanigans in my house wether it be the kids fighting or me playing a bit rough with them ...we get greated by a boisterous Bullmastiff who will get between us and sort of growl/howl ...till we stop doing what we where doing. Its kinda cool but weird to watch. He seems upset that it could turn into something violent and he wont allow it.
He will even mouth my arm if i dont stop (shit stirring him so i deserve it).
Something to keep a eye on anyway mate. Let us know how he goes.
just a quick update about Bruno and Serena. Bruno is getting better on the lead and I took him and Serena to the local dog park last night. Bruno was on leash and Serena did her thing roaming around and having fun. Bruno is not yet ready to come off the lead but we will start work on recall over the next few weeks. Bruno still barks occasionally, especially when I come home - he bounces around barking like a pork chop until I pay him some attention and give him and Serena some love. We had our first tug-of-war this morning and even Serena got into the act. She has really come out of her shell and both of them get into regular mischief. Bruno has, unfortunately, taken a very specific interest in my chickens and I can no longer trust him around them if they free range. I have taken to putting Bruno and Serena inside for an hour or so whilst the chickens have a early twilight peck around the place. I have no doubt that left to his own devices, Bruno would happily murder a chook or two.
All in all, things are going well and Bruno is settling in more every day. He is getting used to the kids also. Which is no mean feat considering how hypo they all are.
What a beautiful boy...all the best with him.
Chloe & ZorroRottweilers and German Shepherds are Family
My brother's staffy used to murder chooks given the opportunity. They'd be ok for a while and then the temptation would be overwhelming for the dog. Bro had to replace some neighbours chooks as well one time. He blamed the dog from over the back for leading his dog astray but I think it was probably a team effort. The other dog was like a border terrier - so the combination - pretty devastating for chooks.Bruno would happily murder a chook or two.
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