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    Hi. Last post I talked about my concerns about Bruno barking at Max, objects and general noises around the house. He is still barking. He barks when I come home; barks if Max is running around in the other room etc.; he also sometimes barks at nothing in particular.

    As I said before, there is no growling, lunging, teeth baring etc - just lots of barking. He will stop if i ask him and I get him to sit and calm down. But he will start up again if he hears Max in the other room or some other commotion going on.

    The thing is, Bruno likes Max and comes up to Max to give him sloppy kisses. He does this to all the kids. I took Max on the walk with us yesterday and Bruno was quite happy to have him there walking along side. So I feel my socialization efforts with the kids are paying off. Serena has also increased her confidence with the kids which is awesome.

    My theory is that Bruno is an excitable dog, going through his adolescence and fear phase, getting used to his new environment and hopefully this will all improve as her matures. Sound about right? Any advice -i.e. should I be discouraging his barking all together or just interrupt it and get him to sit and calm down? Or do I just ignore it?

    Thanks for reading

    Adrian

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    Hi Ados

    Well I guess if you know a trigger - you can work with it. Ie get Bruno in one room and Max running around in the other room and some really yummy treats... and get Bruno to focus on you and give him a treat when he acts calm.

    Word of caution - beware the dog that barks then acts calm to get the treat. Ie if you can get the treat into him when he notices Max moving but before he starts barking - much better.

    Otherwise - I guess try to be consistent about interrupting it and asking him to do something else like a nice (short?) drop stay for treats. Then make it a little bit harder to earn the treats and start being intermittent about it.

    Pay attention to any time he's quiet and reward that. And especially reward that if any of his normal triggers are around (and he's noticed them and he's still being quiet).

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    Default Update Bruno

    Hi y'all,

    thought I'd give an update on how Bruno (and Serena) are progressing.

    Bruno is getting better on the lead, though does tend to pull. I am awaiting my front clip harness (Kumalong) and I am hoping that will help. I have taught Bruno to sit on command and eight times out of ten he does just that. Other times I just have to gently pat his backside and he will sit.

    Our recall is getting better and he has been really good on the long line and coming back to me when called although he does get excited when he sees other dogs. Serena is leading the way though and this has helped immensely.
    I am still not at the stage where I can be confident enough to have him of leash completely but that day will come soon enough.

    He seems to get along with the dogs and people at the local dog park.

    It took him a while to get comfortable with the car ride to the dog park but Serena has showed him that there is nothing to fear and now he climbs up of his own accord.

    The aforementioned barking is better - i found that a stern 'shoosh - quiet' is enough to distract from his barking after which he gets plenty of cuddles and pats from me and Max. He still finds the trampoline exciting but other than that he is doing really well. All in all he is a sweet, good natured boy with pretty good manners and he is gentle with the kids despite the massive racket that they make around the house. When it all gets too much he just retreats to my study and has a snooze.

    But he does like to chew everything except the $30 chew toy I bought him. You have to watch him closely because he collects the kids teddy bears and hoards them on his mat. Its funny, he doesn't chew them, just likes having them around. Might have to let him have a teddy that is currently out of favor with the boys.


    Catch you next installment.

    cheers

    Adrian

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    Great news Ados =) I hope things will just keep on getting better.

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    I find a black kong stuffed with food and frozen can provide 5 to 20 minutes of joy.

    Got one of those out this morning to help Frosty deal with the fact that me and my friend were gardening with the whipper snipper and she had to stay in side (prevent eating whipper snipper)...

    But she didn't touch the kong until we were done gardening and sat down for lunch. Quite funny.

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    How are your pups going 'Ados' ?

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    Bruno and Serena are going great guns. Totally best of friends. Bruno is growing up fast and hes about 18 months old. He his very well behaved although is typically staffy and waggy of tail when there are kids and adults around. I have taught him that playing tug of war is a lot of fun although he still has a fetish for teddy bears and kid's dummies.

    He seems to pick the eyes out of teddy bears before ripping them to shreds. But overall his chewing has got better. he is a delight to walk and no longer pulls and gets on with all dogs famously. Very big playful pup really.

    I still feed both dogs dinner by hand everynight. It has become a ritual for us, the kids join in, and I think its created a strong bond betwixt us and the mutts.

    After having them on Supercoat, I have switched over to Advance and they seem to be doing much better - less but firm poos and good coats and energy.

    Serena is still not to be trusted around unfamiliar dogs but remains fantastic with adults and children. She has come a long way from the scared pup that lived in the garage for 4 months, only coming out to eat and drink water. She has much more confidence and I think truly enjoys being part of my family.



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    Loved your fantastic update ! The photos - loved them all !

    Photo 3 - really made me smile ! If looks could kill ! It looked like Bruno was going to get 'snotted' by Serena if he didn't pull his head in !

    What has happened with Serena with new dogs ? I thought that she was a 'social butterfly' - or is my memory playing up ?

    Really pleased that both pups like the kids and living as part of your family. You do know that staffies are one of the best breeds to have around kids !

    Look forward to reading more updates from you !

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    This blog describes different categories of dog tolerance for other dogs...

    Dog/Dog Tolerance | BAD RAP

    and any given dog can migrate between categories...

    Mine certainly has - she was a social butterfly but as she's grown up she's gone into the category where she's quite willing to scold a rude dog. And if it argues - it's not pretty. But so far no damage - tho I do my best to prevent those encounters - every now and again an off lead dog strangers charges up and jumps in her head when she's on lead and cops a painful nip.

    And I can't argue with that or stop it unless I use the approaching dog as a football. And I don't know how rude it's going to be until it's too late. Tho the direct charge - is usually a clue.

    Great update Ados. I especially like the close up of Bruno's face and the one of him on the run with Serena's paws in the corner. You must be doing the right things most of the time in terms of providing them plenty to do - because you still have a backyard garden and not a moon scape.

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    Congratulations on your handsome man!!! I started a staffy adventure about 4 years ago. I love the breed so much!

    My girl Rosie came to us as a staffy x pup (or so we thought). She was possibly up to 12 months old, but was so tiny because she had been mistreated and was malnourished (we adopted her through rescuer).

    We have lots at least 50 pairs of thongs (her favourite), shoes, nearly all of my beautiful bras and underwear (I busted her rifling through our dirty basket of clothes caught in a bra she chewed through the cup of - then found heaps in her kennel when I went looking), our back door step, anything that contains stuffing including outdoor entertainment furniture, her shell pool and 100s of toys. But, I love her to the moon and back. We've worked on her confidence and set some rules and done heaps of training and she's now only chewing thongs and things that contain stuffing, which I think is as good as it's going to get!

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