Although my husband and I initially wanted to purchase a West Highland White Terrier, we have recently become the owners of a white and buff cockapoo puppy. She is 5 months old and is reasonably good with potty training during the day. She is great at night, never needing to go outside until morning. She is a real sweetie! She is very friendly, loves people and other dogs. She does not seem to be afraid of much at all.
However, we do have a problem with her barking back nearly every time we correct her. Most of the time, she will eventually do as she is told (for example, over the holidays, we steared her away from the Christmas tree by redirecting her to her toys) but not without her barking at us to let us know she did not like the correction.
Has anyone else ever experienced this problem? Thanks for any suggestions on how to approach this.
Yes! We have a Coonhound that gets sassy every time we tell her to back off the food bowl untill we finish putting the food in. As long as she listens we don't have a problem with her indignation!lol! But if she moves forward we sharply correct her with a firm eeerrrr/back off! and she settles back with a pout!
Was the puppy going after the tree? And when you redirected the puppy to the toys, did you touch her or even push her? Does she bark at you, or just bark. Did she then play with her toys, and what was your responce. What I mean is, if the puppy is say getting into the tree, you should just be redirecting her, but not forceing, You use toys to entice her and when shes doing the correct behavior(Playing with her toys) Thats when you lay on the praise. Correcting a dog, should only be gentle direction. To some, correcting can be a jerk of the lead, yelling or hitting.Non of these are acceptable, especially for a very young puppy. (I'm not saying you do that) The barking sounds like a fustration bark, your not letting him near the tree and he deals with that by barking.(Kind of like the 2 year old getting upset cause he can't have something. He has to make the decision to leave the tree on his own and play with you or whatever.
***Edited By: sue on 1/17/2006 2:31:17 PM*** Reason: sx
Ahh, the bark of defiance, mine usually look me right in eyes and bark this snotty 'kiss my butt' bark. For me its been the alpha personality puppies that did it, less dominant puppies sometimes do a short frustration bark. The defiance bark is sometimes repeated more than once, and gets louder and ruder, its easy to distinguish, body language tends to back up the attitude. They often will grow out of it with normal training, once they have figured out their place in the pack, and accepted that they are not over you. Keep working with her.
How did you get to become the owners of this dog? Did you purchase her or was she given to you? I know you were interested in Westies but this should be a nice mix. If you can send pics, what is her name?
Thanks, everyone for your responses regarding my barking puppy, Bailey. Sue, I am following the guidelines in my positive dog training manual and I redirect without forcing as you mentioned. It's at my first "No, Bailey", even as I am offering her the toy that she begins barking directly at me. She does take the toy after she barks at me for a while. Henchwench, I think it is pretty much the "defiant" bark that you described. Hopefully, she will eventually grow out of it. Otherwise, I have no complaints; Baily is a sweetie! On another subject, we had Bailey spayed today. She will be at the vet hospital until tomorrow since an overnight stay is the standard procedure for spayed or neutered pups. When I spoke by phone with the vet, he said that Bailey is fine, but he was a bit surprised that she had vomited twice before she had even received the anesthesia prior to the operation. He thinks it was possibly due to nervousness, but will keep an eye on her overnight. Has anyone's puppy had an experience like this?
it is an alpha trade mark..what I did with my previous Blue heeler (i now have a red heeler pup) is when she would bark at me for correcting her I would roll her over on her back and hold her there till she stopped squirming and looked at me in the eye and then look away.
I don't see a cockapoo pup being very aggressive but if you don't like the rude and snippy barks tell her whos boss by putting her in her place ;)