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    I also guess I'm old-fashioned and maybe set in my ways. I have a dog or dogs because they are first and foremost MY companions. Their tolerance of other animals comes secondry to that.

    We don't see too many dogs around here. But go to Sheehan's Walk in Latrobe, and you are literally banging into a dog every five metres! That's where I will be taking Logan to test her tolerance and friendliness to other dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    I know! She didn't want me to do a slight re-directional tug - it was a full on yank. Hmm.... encouraging us to forcefully yanking the neck of an extremely small 16 week old pup.... can you see why we didn't go back to that school for obedience?!

    OT for a sec - I'm quietly PML, OH and Bella are both asleep on the couch - in the exact same position! It looks SO funny!
    That sounds sooo cute. You wonder how they managed that! Sweet.

    I can see why you left all right. Sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    That sounds sooo cute. You wonder how they managed that! Sweet.

    I can see why you left all right. Sheesh.
    Bella's back legs are moving (she's laying on her back) - she looks like she's dancing in her dreams!

    I understand what you're saying DA. It's more important to me that they get along with us more than anything (which they do, obviously). But, the reason her barking worries me is I worry that one day she'll bark at the wrong dog - a much bigger dog, with a mouth big enough to fit her in it.

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    Ah yep, can understand your worry for sure. So it's definately not an excited bark? It;s a fear barking?

    Well, just enjoy your time with your family and friends, and show Bella nothing but relaxed positive vibes from you.

    When she does this barking at other dogs, do you ignore her completely, or just always turn her away and walk off a short distance?

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    Sometimes it's over excited, sometimes it's nervous - depends on the situation.

    I try and ignore her a lot of the time, but when it gets too much I walk her away.

    TBH... I get told so many different things.. I don't know what's right and what's wrong!

    Found out tonight she barks at kids too (she'd never met a small child before tonight). Not that I blame her, if I was a dog I'd bark at them too! Charlie handled it well - the little fella (he was about 3 i reckon) was pretty good, gave Charlie lots of pats and cuddles and Charlie was happy to give lots of kisses in return. The little guy's dad was great. I have a 3 year old niece, who they'll be meeting too. She's pretty good, as she sees Lucy all the time - we taught her "Nice Lucy" (pat gently while saying "nice Lucy" lol) from a really young age.

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    If I saw a big dog that I wasn't familiar with then I'd simply give it a wide berth in the park, if I was on a street then I'd turn and walk the other way or cross the road. At all times I'd be watching the big dog, ready to run into someones front yard if I had to.

    I'm referring to off-lead dogs above with no obvious owners. I have only had one time when I had to run for it, and luckily someone saw what was happening and helped me.

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    I'd give a wide berth to any dog without an owner present too Grey's. Not only for the safety of my dogs, but the stranger dog as well. Lol.

    We went through a really bad patch back in Qld where there was a real spate of dogs wandering the town. Had a few have a go (even when I was walking several dogs at once) and it's hard to break up a dog fight with only one owner and no-one taking responsibility for the other one. It's scary too. When I've been on my own I've jumped the fence into someone's yard a few times, and it's a horrible experience. *shudder*
    Damned town, many owners were shocking with dog control!

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    I must admit, I think one of the reasons I'm so paranoid about her barking is because I don't want to be perceived as an owner with one of, or have her perceived as, "those typical yappy little dogs"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    I must admit, I think one of the reasons I'm so paranoid about her barking is because I don't want to be perceived as an owner with one of, or have her perceived as, "those typical yappy little dogs"
    That's a complete and utter fallacy when you think about it. They're a small dog. Their bark is going to be 'yappy.' A big dog can bark just as much if not more. It doesn't get perceived as yappy, but they're barking just the same.

    We have two BC's next door, and they've also just gone and got a Maltese Cross from a pet store somewhere around here. The Maltese (little yapper) is nowhere near as loud as the BC's.

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    Logan's previous owner owned a small Jack Russell Terrier, another small crossbreed and a Rottweiler cross. Apparently Logan got along well with all dogs and the 3 cats. If what I have been told is correct (and I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be) then that may be good news for Bella?

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