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Old 02-27-2011, 02:04 AM
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Barking at people passing my house!

One of my dogs, staffie bitch Seven makes a terrible commotion whenever she hears anyone outside my house. I live in a courtyard style development so there are always folk walking past or standing talking. Seven goes nuts, barking and even clawing at the door to get out. She also destroys any mail or leaflets being put thru my door in her excitement. She is not an aggressive dog at all, but very bouncy and exciteable. Any ideas anyone? Louise and Seven x
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:26 AM
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Your dog would be a nice guard dog.. But if you don't want him doing that kind of stuff, these tips might help you out.
Every time you walk your dog you have a chance to work with him on his fear barking behavior. Figure out what triggers your dog most, and try and put him in that scenario as often as possible on your walks, to desensitize him. Let's say you want him to stop barking when a stranger approaches.
Just as the stranger passes you, give him your treat. You can also ask him to sit as the stranger passes, and focus on you by giving him the treat while he sits. Praise him happily when he does not bark.
When you see a stranger that will pass you coming up the sidewalk toward you, get your treat out and make sure your dog sees it. Let him see the stranger coming and see the treat in your hand at the same time. He'll be so focused on you he may forget to bark.
For barking when strangers come to the door, have your treat ready for your dog. When you see a potential stranger approaching the door, give the dog the treat just as the doorbell rings. Repeat this often. Soon he will associate the doorbell with treat time.
To stop him barking as people come in the house, stand at the door with your treat. You can have your dog leashed if he responds better on a leash. When a stranger comes in, give your dog the treat for standing there with you quietly. Eventually work up to having the stranger give the dog a treat. This is the ultimate goal, because after awhile he will associate the stranger with treats, and the excessive barking will stop.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:55 AM
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Think its excitement rather than fear

Sev is not a fearful dog at all, she never barks at people outside the house; she runs up to them and wants to play. Its only if she hears people outside or another dog barking in the neighbourhood. Once people are in the house she stops barking. Often she hears it before i do so i can't nip it in the bud! I wonder if she is bored? She is very active, and seems to sit waiting for a noise to happen so she can charge around and bark, wonder if training classes then agility might help use up some of her energy and brain power?!
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That would be the best thing to do. Maybe all she needs are proper activities to match her activeness.
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:12 AM
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Yes there is a good pet dog training class near me, will enrol there and hope we both learn new skills. She is a very happy dog but over active, i think training and eventually agility or heelwork to music would suit her well. Thank you for all your help.
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Except for her tearing up the mail I would sorta like a dog that warns people to stay away from this house.
I suppose it could get old if people were always outside though..
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Both dogs I've adopted have reacted to people walking by. We live in a busy pedestrian neighbourhood, with a high school just down the street, and our living room window faces the sidewalk. So there is lots of opportunity for reaction!

What we did was whenever they start reacting to someone on the sidewalk, we first verbally correct with a "Quiet!" then we call them over to us. Basically saying "if you see someone - come get mom or dad!". They get lots of praise for coming. It has worked great with both of them.

I don't mind a warning bark or two if someone actually approaches the door, but don't want them barking at everyone who walks by.
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