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Old 03-05-2012, 10:41 PM
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How to curb my dog's barking when approaching another dog

I have a 2 and a half year old male miniature dachshund. I realize that dachshunds in general could be a yappy breed, though I don't think he has that trait. The problem I am having is his barking at other dogs which seems to have started about 7 months ago.

When approaching another dog (most especially a new/stranger dog), he starts barking (3-4 barks). At first, I thought he was excited and wanted to meet or play with them, but after getting closer to the dog, he barks more fervently, and, at times, in the dogs face. He has never snarled nor snapped nor bit at any dog or human. After finally settling down and beginning the sniffing, he's fine and no longer barks. But this makes him look like an aggressive dog to the other dog's owner and sometimes the other owners do not let the dogs meet because of the barking. I would hate for him to miss out on meeting a new friend because of the barking.

I don't know how to get him to stop barking when approaching new dogs. I've greatly socialized him since he was 4 months old pup and consistently (weather permitting) about every week. Also, I've tried carrying a squirt bottle with water to curb this as well as distracting him out of that tense mindset with some success, but I was wondering if there is anything else I could do?
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I lived in a suburban area with two curs; the 9 month old was learning to find his "voice"; she is a rescue. She barked a lot at the older dog to initiate play when in the house and outside of it, right in her face! As well as with dogs at the dog park. I used an anti bark collar that sprayed a lemon scent and only had to use it twice (I had tried everything else, command, spray bottle, etc.). Well, she learned quickly to just use her tail to signal excitement. She appropriately barks once to come into the house. Hope this helps. I hated to use the collar too!!!
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So here's the thing, your dog is nervous of approaching other dogs on leash. This is VERY common, especially for small breeds (how is he with other dogs off leash?).
Barking is is him trying to tell other dogs "I'm not sure about you, give me space."
Walking him up to other dogs when he's being reactive teaches him that reacting the way he does is ineffective at keeping those dogs away. Therefore, it is very likely that he will try to escalate his reaction because his current reaction is insufficient.
Additionally, using a spray to startle him makes you unpredictable and dangerous in a situation where he is already stressed. At best it will teach him to hide his reaction from you, but will do nothing to change his underlying fear.
What you need to do is counter condition him, teach him that approaching other dogs is safe, that he can control the interaction, and that he has the ability to leave if he is stressed.
I'm on my phone so I can't link, but google "ahimsa BAT" for a great protocol for leash reactivity. BAT is an acronym for behavioral adjustment therapy.
Kikopup and domesticatedmanners on YouTube both have great videos that deal with reactive barking.
A big part of working with reactivity is knowing the social signals that your dog makes before he becomes reactive. There's a great little book that you might want to pick up called "on talking terms with dogs" by Turid Rugaas. Could be helpful
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I agree with the above post, especially if he's leashed. It might make him even more stressed, and the other dog might get sprayed! The spray collar did work well (used only twice) for my off leash in the yard annoyance barking dog though.
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Maybe this will help
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Thanks so much for the barking information. Your posts are awesome!
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Thank you for all of the suggestions. I'll definitely check out the youtube videos and try those techniques.
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Thanks so much for the barking information. Your posts are awesome!
I also got a book called Scaredy Dog that has a lot of great info by Ali Brown. Short book full of great advice for reactive dogs. It also involves clicker training. The amazing thing is how much our movements and feelings interfere with their progress. I know all of you with a reactive dog know the feeling when another dog is coming our way. We stiffen ,grab the leash a little tighter look for a way to avoid the situation all together by turning and running away. It is called the OH S--T moment in the book and I had to laugh because that is exactly how I always feel. We have been training for about a week and my son came for a walk with us yesterday and said WOW what an improvement. So I guess finally something is working for my poor reactive dog.
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I also got a book called Scaredy Dog that has a lot of great info by Ali Brown. Short book full of great advice for reactive dogs. It also involves clicker training. The amazing thing is how much our movements and feelings interfere with their progress. I know all of you with a reactive dog know the feeling when another dog is coming our way. We stiffen ,grab the leash a little tighter look for a way to avoid the situation all together by turning and running away. It is called the OH S--T moment in the book and I had to laugh because that is exactly how I always feel. We have been training for about a week and my son came for a walk with us yesterday and said WOW what an improvement. So I guess finally something is working for my poor reactive dog.

Haha! That's pretty much how I feel every time I see another person walking a dog while I'm walking my two. The bad news is that my 6 year old reactive dog is rubbing off on the dog we got 6 weeks ago and she is picking up from him to bark at other dogs. So now I have two reactive dogs on my hand. Its very hard to train them on a walk together so I have to find time to walk them separately. But of course when I take them out on their own we never see another dog so they don't get reactive.

Clicker training in a miracle in process with our 6 year old. He has gone to being a major puller on least to being able to walk loose leash via clicker training. I haven't fully weaned him off hot dogs and the clicker but I'm working towards it. I hope clicker training will work for reactivity too. But I feel like I have to work on one thing at a time and for now its loose leash with both dogs.
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I have a 2 and a half year old male miniature dachshund. I realize that dachshunds in general could be a yappy breed, though I don't think he has that trait. The problem I am having is his barking at other dogs which seems to have started about 7 months ago.

When approaching another dog (most especially a new/stranger dog), he starts barking (3-4 barks). At first, I thought he was excited and wanted to meet or play with them, but after getting closer to the dog, he barks more fervently, and, at times, in the dogs face. He has never snarled nor snapped nor bit at any dog or human. After finally settling down and beginning the sniffing, he's fine and no longer barks. But this makes him look like an aggressive dog to the other dog's owner and sometimes the other owners do not let the dogs meet because of the barking. I would hate for him to miss out on meeting a new friend because of the barking.

I don't know how to get him to stop barking when approaching new dogs. I've greatly socialized him since he was 4 months old pup and consistently (weather permitting) about every week. Also, I've tried carrying a squirt bottle with water to curb this as well as distracting him out of that tense mindset with some success, but I was wondering if there is anything else I could do?
I am going to see a dog trainer this weekend to see how to get my small dog to stop barking at bigger dogs. The trainer will have two of her Germain Shepherds with her. I will let you know what she tell me. have you looked online there are free training videos for all kinds of dog issues.
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