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    Miley has been very naughty lately when we go on walks.
    If someone is heading towards us with a dog, she starts barking her tails wags etc, so I'm not sure if it's a let's play bark or a come on, I'll "go you" bark.
    She barked at a Pitbull 2 days ago who was also on his lead and he was so anxious around her he poo'd while they were face to face

    Today she was barking at an older blue healer which had apparently been locked in a yard for 3 months, so he was already over excited to begin with, but her barking and carry on really made him go nuts. If these dogs weren't on leads, I think there would be disaster and I doubt she would come away the winner
    She doesn't even worry about size.. she barked at a brown Lab and a poodle last week too.

    I want to socialise her more, but she seems like a bully. Ollie on the other hand is so mellow he just ignores other dogs.

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    I would suggest asking different puppy preschools if she could attend just for socialization and on the lead until her behaviour improves. My puppy preschool allowed adult small breed dog to attend. Also some dog obedience clubs have socialization classes.
    Good luck!

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    I take it this is excited to see another dog barking/behaviour?

    and if so, turn and walk her away, when calmed bring her back, turn and walk away as she get excited and barks, repeat.

    Use high value treats for rewarding good behaviour, don't talk to her, or yank on the lead etc just turn and walk away.

    The message to the dog is good behaviour will get you closer to what you want, bad behaviour and you are removed from what you want.

    This is just a basis of what I'd do for excited/over the top behaviour.

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    I'll give that a go today mac thanks.

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    It takes a lot of work but does get there.

    Had a 5 month old GSD in my last class which I suggested the same thing to. I'm sure the owners thought I was mad for suggesting such a simple thing but by the end of the 6 weeks she was on the end of the line and behaving herself and playing without barking with a BC and a young GSP with only the occasional slip up when things got a bit too exciting for her.

    If you can get to classes so that you can work on the problem specifically then it might come along a bit faster. Even if it's all you work on.

    Or the local dog park if it's fenced, walk up to the fence, walk away and so on. Or ask a friend with a dog to help you.

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