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    Red face Improvement! X)

    I really dont want to jinx this (LOL)
    But I just thought I'd share that Mollie seems to be improving.
    Not with other blokes/boys. BUT MY BROTHER!

    I have tried the lot. Ignoring her when barking, walking into another room, etc, etc. But when she began barking MUCH more excessively at Billy and full-on lunging (To be honest, she nipped him on more then one occassion) I totally put my foot down.

    Everytime she would bark at him. I would tell her extremely firmly "NO" and then relocate her outside. Same with whenever she tried to lunge or nip him.


    Its been a few days only, but I see an HONEST improvement! She seems to be 'tolerating' him. Now when he gets up and walks somewhere, she will sometimes run up to his legs and give them a little sniff (NOT lunge nor nip!). She has not been barking ANYWHERE near as much! AND the finale.

    She will sometimes allow him to PAT HER when she is comfortable (Usually with me also giving her scritches on the couch)

    I can't believe in the swift change. On the net I have been told to only 'ignore' etc basically. But I went with my gut FINALLY and did what I thought would work and it DOES SEEM LIKE IT IS!


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    Well done. hope things keep getting better for you and Mollie.

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    Thats great news, I hope it continues forward for you both
    Well done to both of you.

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    That's fantastic Demi, keep it up! Good on you for going with what you feel will work best, at the risk of sounding like an old fart I think you've taken a very sensible approach.

    Plus it sounds like your brother is behaving a bit better towards Mollie, which can only be a good thing for all concerned.

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    Way to go Demi! Good work

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    Great work, Demi! Glad to hear Mollie is improving

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    Hi Demi

    Excellent work. I think you're doing the right thing. Ignoring when dog barks at you for attention is one thing (good I reckon) but ignoring when dog is barking at somebody else aggressively - isn't going to help. Yelling and screaming at the dog to shut up probably wont help either - she will think you are joining in with her and bark more (I've seen it happen with other dogs and unfortunate owners).

    But doing what you're doing is best - a firm spoken "no" or "uh uh" and putting the dog out. Fantastic - deprives dog of any reward for its actions. She's trying to make Billy leave, and what happens? She's out instead. Excellent. And she's learning. Such a clever dog.

    Lesson I'd take - apart from follow your gut - is make sure your internet advice applies in the context you're using it. Ie make sure we have all the information. Ie not just - how to stop your dog barking - but how to stop your dog attacking your brother - (get him to stay with friends/grandparents). Two entirely different questions with different answers.

    I'd be very very tempted to use the water pistol distraction/interruption technique in the barking at little brothers context too. That way if your brother is doing anything to provoke the dog - you can use the water pistol on him too. Possibly not the best move in the same room as electrical equipment like the TV though.

    disclaimer - using some of the advice in this post will get you in trouble with your parents. But I'm sure you can tell which is which.

    --if it's on the internet - it must be true
    (one of my favourite internet signatures).

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    Always, always ask anyone for advice that you feel you need to, mull it all over, throw out any you do not think applicable and go with a head and gut feel and you can not go wrong.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    very nice information
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