my dog does not get along with other dogs and it gets kind of embarressing when she acts up around other peoples dogs. She doesn't try and bite the dog but she freezes for a second then lets out all these mean barks and I don't know what to do. I want her to be able to socialize with other dogs so she can play with them and make doggy friends. Please help me out. Thanks. Love, The poodle owner and the poodle that barks at dogs!
no she has never been to obedience class she is a very well trained and behaved dog other than the mean barking so i never thought of taking her. If I take her I know she will be very scared to go to such a place so I am goon try and teach her how to behave nicely around other dogs.
but anyways I would try to have your dog go through a obedience class. and then see how this works out for you. but also what works is if you have any friends that have dogs have them come over and if your dog barks then just tell them in a ferm voice NO!!! and if your poodle starts not to bark then give them a treat. this helped with my sisters dog. but this method don't work al the time or with every dog.
how old is your dog?
***Edited By: pinky girl on 1/20/2007 11:51:24 AM*** Reason: d
Oh I almost forgot, When my dog does the mean barking I normally make her sit down and tell her NO in a stern voice. I normally have to try and do this while the dog and the owner are still around so she will understand what she did wrong. But I don't what that other person to think I am being cruel in any way to my dog and I don't want my dog to feel that way either.
Well, i am not really sure what i would do other than getting the dogs attention and firmly saying no, then when she stops give her a treat and tell her good boy/girl. Then address the situation again and do this repeatadly. I don't know, i have never had to address this before. What do you do now when she does this.. do you already tell her no and if so what does she do?
KlKrieg I have just moved into my new house so I don't have many friends. And all of my friends don't live in my neighborhood,but I do have a neighbor with a dog and I know her. But her dog is huge and my freak my dog out.
Obedience Classes might help just to get her socialized with other dogs in a very controlled environment. At 6, she may not accept and love every dog she meets even when she is more socialized, but there is no reason she won't stop barking. Try finding a friend whos dog is about her size and age. Then, take a walk with the friend and her dog (with both dogs leashed) Give her a firm no whenever she barks or goes towards the other dog even just to smell. Once they have walked together for a while let them sniff just once, then separate. Keep doing this as often as you can, with other kinds of dogs. This will show her that other dogs are fun and they aren't scary. Eventually, let her smell the dogs she has gotten to know real well at the beginning of the walk and let them smell together longer. When she has made progress, find a fenced quiet area and let the dogs off leash... The most important thing to know is that this will not happen overnight...it will take a lot of time, energy, and patience! :)
My dog does the same thing and it always worries me. I hate letting him off the leash to socialize even cause im not sure how he will react. This one lady refered me to Dog wisperer*. It says that the way a dog is postured tells a whole lot.
We were down at the river and he was whining and pulling cause there were two people ahead of us with a german shepard and a doberman and i didnt want to let him go cause i didnt want him to get in a fight. We finally caught up to the ladies and they said to let him off. So i slowly did and he got along great! She said his posture ment he just wanted to play.
Sorry. No advice. If anything look for some myself! :)
Sweetiemom, a lot of dogs do that where they pull and sometimes bark to get to another dog just to play...actually in my experience with aggressive dogs, most do not try to get to another dog by pulling, they aren't aggressive unless the dog comes to them.
In fact, my own two dogs do that...some dogs just LOVE other dogs so much that they feel the need to play with every single one! Mine will bark and pull until they meet hte dog or I give them a different command! It seems to be more common in dogs that came from a rescue situation or a different situation where they were around a lot of dogs and got to play with them often, but thats just a generalization and my guess/experience! Poodle-I hope that works for you, its actually what I do with the mild-aggressive dogs I work with (not saying your dog is aggressive...actually I doubt that she is), but it works really well...although it is definitely not an instant fix, but then again, what is?! :)