this is an old issue with Bernie, that has re arisen.
Screaching with excitement in the car on way for his morning romp.
The noise he makes, is excitement. Same noise he makes when faced with anything he really really wants. ie. tunnels at agility, when he greets his mates at dog walks. There was another GSD at the western branch who did this, slightly embarassing, but harmless. In a car, with me driving, very distracting.
This is not separation anxiety. as someone suggested when i posted previously, he's not a nervous dog, very confident and happy go lucky. Will go walking with others, not just family.
Early morning walks. Now summer is here, there are others in the paddocks, enjoying allowing friendly dogs to romp and play together. So, much more exciting for Bernie! Hence return of the behaviour.
Previously, tried NOT demisting car, so he cant see out of windows. In attempt to address possible: not triggering his prey drive to chase what he sees/perceives as moving objects.
Restricting his space in car. This helped. But now has ceased to work.
Taking him elsewhere, this works once we turn right toward town, instead of usual left into country romps area. But i really want him to go with other dogs. Previous dog was dog aggressive, and as Bernie is only a yr old, i dont want him unsocialised and aggro to others. Fearful if i stop socialising him, he'll become dog aggressive. < is that accurate though? at what point, can i relax. I was sorely disturbed by my other dogs aggro toward others. And kind of defeats the purpose of dog ownership to me for my needs. eg. to be able to take camping and mix with people/dogs/livestock safely.
I really just want to 'pop the boot' and release him whilst im driving off its so annoying! (joke-i wouldnt, but its tempting at times!).
Currently i am: waiting for him to be quite, and saying "yes" his clicker, and "goodboy" his verbal praise. Ignoring the barking, and waiting till he shuts the hell up before i open the car, making him wait for command, before he erupts out of it to spin at my feet till given the release so he can go play.
Water pistol. Er, a no go for bernie. Water = "lets play". HE goes out of his way, to play in any water, puddles, his water bowl has to be hung up or he gets in a spills it everywhere, leaving him waterless for the day. And when ive tried the pistol, he loved it???
Im considering having a trainer in for this. But would if possible, like to avoid the expense, as other things are claiming financial priority for us as a family.
Anything to suggest please?