Hello to you all,
We have a Red Heeler x Staffy x labrador and he has been the greatest thing to happen to our lives, at least mine anyway. He is 2 years old.
His name is Johnno and I take him to work everyday. He's a real celebrity and has a great nature...customers, in particular, regulars, adore him.
The problem I have is that just over the last 6 months or so he has started to bark at passersby and seems to pick at random who he barks at. He has never done this before...I have been bringing him to work since he was 8 weeks.
Sometimes he barks at customers approaching the roller door and even though he is wagging his tail, customers, with due reason can be alarmed. Usually the barking with the wagging tail seems that he is caught between greeting them and not trusting them.
He is also petrified of the vacuum hose, even if the machine is not on, brooms the garden hose. You don't have to raise the item in a threatening manner, just show it to him and he's off with his tail down. Also he shows timid and untrusting behaviour at anyone who has a bike helmet on or is dressed up i.e in costume. This behaviuor was seen in him since we got him.
We have never smacked our dog and believe in learning by reward.
His background is that we adopted him from Lort Smith at 8 weeks, so he has been desexed.
We have 2 other dogs that don't show this behaviour and on the contrary will lick people to death and have snuck off with people at work if I have been too busy to keep an eye on them! They also have no fear of any item mechanical or otherwise our pug x ****szu attacks the wheels of the mower when I use it!!
Johnno is definately the "pack leader" amongst our dogs.
Apart from these issues he is a wonderful boy. he walks freely off the lead, has never growled at anyone, has never growled over his food ( has great manners) and has never growled at kids, he loves them.
Can anybody suggest where this sort of territorial barking has come from and why he would be afarid of the items listed?