My 6 months Pomeranian keeps barking at every dog and person that he sees when we go for walks. It is rather emberassing when another dog tries to say hello to him and he just starts barking in return. Last night we were walking around and 2 young girls approached me saying how cute my dog is and asking if they can pet him. My pom just started barking at them and didnt let them touch him. I tried saying no, pulling on his leash but nothing seems to work.
My GSD is like that. He just wont settle. He trusts no one but my mom, husband and I. He barks and then will calm down, but it takes a few minutes. I think it is because of the type of dog he is. Plus we never wanted him to be best friends with strangers. I would also like to know though how he could be nice when it is just people walking by!
I have some bad news.. pomeranians are notorious barkers :P I've never known one that wasn't a barker, in fact. What you may try is a command that gets him to focus on you. Say 'watch me' and then reward with a tiny morsel of a treat (cat pounce treats work great). So when you go out into public, if he starts barking, you say "watch me" then reward him if he stops and looks at you for the treat.
Or you can get nasty with the corrections. Never pick up your dog when it is barking, as this to a dog can mean that it needs to be even more protective of you. Leash corrections, little scruff shakes, etc can all convey to your dog that barking is unacceptable. but be sure to keep treats or reward the dog when it does as asked and is quiet. It may be too late now, but you could also have other people try to offer the dog treats.. the trick is you must never rward the dog while it is barking.. or it may think that it's being rewarded *for* barking.
Have you thought about carrying special treats to give to stranger to offer him? You could also ask strangers to stand sideways and squat down and say Hello. Some Dogs bark when they are nervous, stressed or just because they are given attention when they bark. Saying "No BArk" is only attention, they don't know what your words mean. How far in puppy school/obedience have you gone. I would guess the dog didn't get enough positive socializing during the early puppy stages.
***Edited By: sue on 4/25/2006 1:19:06 AM*** Reason: vchm
Mine did that. I just kept walking after telling her quiet. Now that I use a prong collar, I give her a correction and she shuts up. She's a lot better now that she's older. (3).
I wish I could get her to stop barking at passerbys when she's sitting out in front of the house. We have an e fence and she charges right up to the boundry and barks her head off. Scares people, so I can't really let her sit out front.
Jackson used to do that. Last summer we went to a lot of car cruises and since they are outside events we took our two dogs. He got used to people just by being around so many.
He is also better with dogs after meeting a big dog down the street (he used to bark at him and now just loves him) and gaining confidence and going to a obedience class with 15 other dogs. He still sometimes barks but is 90% better just through a lot of socialization. He will go up to other dogs and sniff and want to play now as long as they are not trying to jump on him or are bouncing around too much.
Don't push them into being petted or sniffing another dog. Let them decide to do it on their own.
You may also try correcting your dog as soon as your dog starts to look at another dog across the street instead of waiting until your dog is barking and really excited.
We are all done with obedience classes and my dog never got to socialize with other dogs. He was always scared and would never approach another dog. He was even scared of dogs his own size - that kind of thing concerns me. When other dogs would try approaching him to say hi, my pom would hide under chair or start crying/barking at them.
It may take some time. At 6 months old, Jackson would either charge other dogs or run away from them and bark. He did not do well in his puppy class because of that. If your dog could meet another dog over and over until it got used to it that would be a start.
I like to walk my dogs with another person walking theirs until they are not as excited and let them gradually get curious and sniff. That is what I did with my sister's dogs since mine are so excitable and we were going to bring them over for the holidays. Her Border Collie does not like new dogs and to be bothered too much by other dogs so I wanted to get them used to each other. We met several times before I let them loose together. With small dogs, you don't want them to get hurt.
When we went to obedience classes. I did not let him near others at first until he is ready. He is a year old now and is a lot better. My husband was sure he was going to bark during the whole class but he did not. It takes time and patience. He loves other dogs now but did give a bigger dog some growling and snarling because it was invading his space while we were practicing walking. Nobody else in class wanted to be near that dog and obviously he did not either.
This is not an easy problem to remedy and it will take lots of work on your part and some more maturing on your dog's part.