Can anybody give me some advice about barking. When Mischa greets another dog she barks like crazy. Of course the other dog owner doesn't want to come near a crazy barking dog. I can usually get her calm enough to sit but the barking is driving me crazy. She is much better with greeting people but still occasionally barks at them too. Just wants to play but really doesn't look too good to the people approaching.
Would an e-collar help? What kind? Because of her CNM condition, we can't go on long walks to get lots of practice and a couple of short around the block walks is what she gets.
No. teach her to settle and no bark
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I don't like the use of E-collars at all and I certainly wouldn't consider using one to curb barking. There are special collars designed to stop barking but I would only use one as a last restort.
Does she only bark at other dogs on walks? what you need to do is take her focus away from the other dog and onto you. What is Mischa's favorite reward? toys? food? whatever it is, use it. When another dog comes near whip out the toy/treat/chew, command a steady 'HEEL' and offer praise for every bit of eye contact. If she barks give a quick tug on the leash to demand her focus back to you. The key is to keep moving.
You said she's improving right? I think you just need more practice.
I think barking comes VERY natural to dogs especially in those kind of situations (new person, new dog).
I would just keep working with her on it... with practice she'll settle down faster and faster.
I'll keep trying. Next walk I'll bring a ball and keep it handy for those kind of situations. I was using food with some success, but she is ball CRAZY so maybe that will work better. She is getting so big and it is becoming quite hard, especially when the other dogs a friendly and she is going nuts.
Patience, patience, patience right?
Originally Posted by Mischasmom
one more for good measure...
I just wanted to say that you have 3 VERY beautiful dogs.