Ok, so the other day, I was hanging out with my sister and we both came to the conclusion that we have never seen a gentler, friendlier, sweeter dog than Saba. I mean, he truly truly is the best. Never aggressive, you can snuggle to him anytime, and he’s just always so friendly to everyone. I don’t think he has a mean bone in his body…
Well…. lately he started to bark more. It only happens when he’s in the car and we pass someone walking or their dog. Then he goes all nuts and barks - and we all know there are different barks – “I wanna go out” bark, “play with me” bark, etc. and I think these ones are aggressive barks. Maybe he’s feeling brave because he’s in the car… I dunno. And then this morning, I pull up to my mom’s, there is a guy across the street walking his 2 little dogs. Saba starts to bark before I pull into the driveway. I firmly tell him to be quiet, etc. I get out of the car, he wants to go out, but I always make him sit till I have a firm hold of his leash. I tell him to get out and he jumps out and leaps forward (as in to jump across the street) with loud barks and growls towards those little dogs. Thank goodness the guy was across the street. I was so shocked. I automatically yelled at him to sit and corrected his behaviour by telling him no! bad! etc etc. then we went right into my mom’s and I made him go on his bed and lie there. Told my mom to ignore him for a bit so he knows he did something wrong.
You guys, I was just so shocked. He’s barked like that before but then he always goes up to the other dogs and wags his tail and is all friendly. But I have no idea where this behaviour came from! I’m worried. What am I doing wrong? He’s never been attacked by dogs, he’s never been harmed or hasn’t harmed anyone. Is it nothing? Is he just being all brave from a far? I don’t know what to think. ???
I don't know what to tell you other than to share that Billie is the same way toward small dogs. When we're on walks and I see them coming I make her sit and watch them go by. At daycare they have a note in her file that she does not like small dogs (and has a particular hate for Poms).
I don't know what else to do. I figure that as long as I'm aware and make sure that I keep her under control that's the best I can do.
Someone else here may have better suggestions.
First, I think his behavior is pretty normal. Jacob and Aly go ballistic when they see a small dog - I think they think it is a rodent and some sort of hunting instinct kicks in. Yelling at your dog will make it worse, because he can sense the stress level in your voice. As alpha, you need to stay firm and confident.Originally Posted by Neska74
Second, perhaps I misunderstand, but you should never correct your dog *after* he is doing the right thing. If you had him sit, and then you told him he was being a bad dog for barking, you have totally confused him, and have basically told him he is being bad for sitting. Also, making him lie down as a punishment after the fact will not help - he cannot connect the two events like that. He might be smart, but a dog is not wired to think that way.
I'm Jenn. Keeper of two labs in my home and one forever in my heart.
Throw the ball, damn it!
I never thought of it that way... when I say yelling I mean telling him in a raised voice. The whole "Sit" "Bad" was all at the same time... but it's a good point.Originally Posted by Momma to J and A
Agnes, I have no idea what to tell you. You know what Yeller is like..... She only started that after Jordan died. Sometimes I think she's saying "omg, don't let them take you to the vet's, you might not come back" or "hey, have you seen my buddy? she's missing.".
I don't know how to fix it either. I hope someone here can give you some advice and I can steal it. I make Yeller sit but she still insists on whining and barking anyways.
Me, Abzilla and the Helomonster.
Oh Karina that makes me sad.Originally Posted by TangerineFizz
Billie whines, yips and pulls when I put her in a sit on the leash to let them go by. I don't know if she's telling them to prepare to be a squeaky toy or what...
oh that is sad… and funny… I thought something similar at first too, because one of the little dogs always barks at Saba and is ready to jump at him, mind you he’s little and easy to control.. so I thought after over a year of seeing that, Saba finally is saying: “yo, I could kick your butt if I wanted to you little show off.... but my mom won’t let me! so stick to your side of the street!”
Is it the family who has the pug/jack russel cross and that other fuzzy thing? I feel so bad for them cause Yeller always barks at their dogs like a loony toon.
Me, Abzilla and the Helomonster.
My 2 are like that too unfortunatly and I'm also not sure how to fix it. Especially if I'm walking them both it's not easy when they outweigh me. I normally put them in a sit/stay and praise them for watching me and staying. This works pretty well with Mocha but Zeus isn't near as interested in the treats and has a higher prey drive so he's not as easy to distract.
Yes yes!! it's the pug!! he is alwasy ready to jump Saba (and not in a good way lol) so I think Saba finally had enough... I did apologize to him tough because I think he got scared.Originally Posted by TangerineFizz