Barking Questions

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  1. suey

    suey New Member

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    Barking

    Ziva is a serial barker we have managed to control it now with her barking at people but she still goes crazy at other dogs we are using a corrector spray we say no then spray (not her) it just lets out a loud hiss but even this won't help with dogs we took her to socialization classes when she had finished her innoculations there was a lot of mismatched sized dogs one a mastiff was attacking some of the puppies she never hurt Ziva but we started having issues as soon as these classes finished -1 she stopped walking in busy places she has never walked past the hall where the classes were held since she just sits down and refuses to walk and the barking started we don't have a busy lifestyle with lots
    of people visiting which doesn't help but as I have said no issues on walks now with people just dogs any advice would be helpful I have thought of going down using a trainer route but haven't got much confidence of finding one ....We are going on holiday in October (cottage holiday in the Lake District) so would like her to be a bit more congenial then....
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  3. CaroleC

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    Not all puppy classes are well run, and if they allow rough play, they can do more harm than good for more sensitive puppies. If you meet other dogs on walks, do you allow Ziva to observe them from a safe distance? That is, a distance at which she feels comfortable watching the other dog without barking. Don't allow them meet head on, take Ziva to one side while the other dog passes. It can be useful to teach the, Watch Me, command to divert her attention back onto yourself.
    I am a big fan of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, which is graded from Bronze up to Gold level. The classes are small and inexpensive, and the trainers use positive methods to teach the type of behaviour and exercises which are useful in daily life. Controlled mixing with a group of dogs which are all learning to do the same things, should help her to accept the presence of other dogs, and you may even find that she begins to feel comfortable with the dog that you sit next to in each weekly class. The Kennel Club website will have full details of any classes near to you.
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    Thank-you Carole I will look this up I must admit to being a little wary of classes was thinking of a one to one Ziva is nearly 9 months old now yesterday we actually walked past a spaniel without a bark today didn't meet any dogs she definitely won't approach dogs at the moment but I
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    Can see improvements daily thank you so much for your reply. Sue
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    suey and CaroleC like this.
    Also try the APDT website for trainers in your area. They have a Code of Practice that ensures no punishments and have to go through an assessment that should ensure they use good methods of training. The trainer will advise you on whether individual or class sessions are the best for Ziva and yourself.
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    Than you Chris so grateful for replies

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