05-26-2012, 09:25 AM
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Barking at other dogs.
Hiya, I have a 10-month old mittelspitz pup. He's usually pretty quiet at walks, but lately he's started to bark at other dogs that walk past us. It usually only happens if the other dog doesn't
bark at him first, if it does, then often my pup stays quiet. He still pulls on his leash to get to the other dog, but doesn't bark or growl. He didn't bark at all when he was younger, and I'm worried that this habit will just get worse as time goes on. He also stops a lot on walks, if he hears something coming behind him. He usually just sits down and looks at whoever's coming, and then once the person is past us he'll start walking normally again.
I've started to use treats and call him by his name once he stops/before the other dog reaches us and if he pays attention to me, I'll reward him. This isn't very effective, since the distraction outweighs the treat fairly often. Any ideas what should I do?