What are some things that you do to socialize your dogs? Ace (6 mo chi) has completed puppy school like a star and he goes for walks around my school's campus everyday where there are tons of people walking. He runs up to people and lets them pet him with a wagging tail. I thought he was getting sooo socialized because he's very friendly and lets people pet him and hold him. But today my bf's roommate Kevin brought 4 girls over and Ace was barking at them like a nut! He hushed when I told him to be quiet but when they stood to leave after an hour or two he barked at them again. He did the same thing last night when my bf's roommate's brother stopped by with his gf to visit. Ace barked at them and stood in front of my bf's roommate's bedroom door and didn't want to let them in his room. I don't know if he needs to be out even more? I take him to PetCo about once a week, but no one really pets him there. He is very friendly to the people that come over to my bf's apt on a regular basis. You know, as I am finishing writing this big long thing I am not even sure exactly what my question is, lol. But does what Ace is doing seem like a problem to anyone? I think that when new people come in, its ok to bark, but once I tell him to be quiet he should accept the fact that they're welcome, right? Thanks! =0) sorry so long! **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer
ace he may just being territorial. which more socializing outside the home is not going to make a difference with. continue to have all sorts of friends come over, ones he hasn't met. its okay if he barks at them just make sure he stops when you tell him to. he needs to know its okay for them to be there. you are doing a fine job with him. he is growing up and maturing so things like ythis are going to come up from time to time. that is why it is imp. to socialize them when they are young so these minor problems don't turn into disaters.
Thanks Scout. Im running out of friends to keep bringing over! =0) Ill have to invite strangers for dinner on occasion, lol. Ace is being such a brat tonight. He's sleeping in my lap and every time I touch him he gives a low muffled little bark. **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer Ace: http://www.dogster.com/?41494 Abby: http://www.dogster.com/?50370 Summer: http://www.dogster.com/?7041
It might help if you gave your visitors treats at the door for the doggies. Or a toy he really loves. I know a couple whose dog is slower to accept people into their home, and loves balloons. Now they give their guests a balloon to play with the dog for a bit. It warms her right up!
Acey, I have a dog that has a problem with newcomers in my house, which I really do not have a problem with because she will be quiet when I tell her to, and I would want to know if a newcomer entered my house by other means than the front door. Let's say the window, at three in the morning. She is fine after I tell her to be quiet, until someone stands up to leave. Very strange.
Pipey is much more territorial then Tig,she barks at people at first in our house until we tell her it's ok. Tig just likes to lick. Then Pipeys fine after that until they go to leave ,she'll bark agian,Tig will just walk them to the door.
Well, just go to your dog school when other classes are going on, and whoever's watching, just have them pet little (or big!) Ace. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596