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Old 08-16-2009, 10:15 AM
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This is Harvick! Granted there are times where he is focused on sniffing the grass in the green belt and doesn't notice the dog offlead running from its owner and the child on the bike chasing it screaming, which was odd but exciting that he didn't react lol.
This is/was Chili. He had "exorcist head" on walks and could not stop looking for the boogeymen...When he would miss som'thing and not react it was such a relief.

But he used to bark/growl/generally freak out at sounds, cars, people, dogs, movement, you name it. I couldn't take him anywhere. With all the work i've done with him with the "look at that game" (which I suggest you try ) you wouldn't even know hes reactive in most contexts anymore.

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So we shouldn't feel 100% guilty and responsible? It began at such a young age, especially with children and strollers and car seats... I felt like I did something wrong but couldn't understand what I could have possibly done since he had socialization with the vet and my brother and other dogs (not a lot because I am cautious with a young pup until fully vaccinated).
Don't blame yourself! This is a nature thing not a nurture thing. I socialized Chili correctly and made sure he was exposed to novel things/people at low levels and made sure every experience was positive, but it happened anyway. I remember reading an article once where people who are experienced in dogs... raise one puppy just fine and raise another that is reactive despite everything.
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We normally use the word yes but have been considering a clicker lately. The weird thing is when my brother is home and I go into his room to talk to him or he has his door open Harvick goes in there and doesn't bark or growl and sometimes even lies his head on his lap wanting to be pet. My brother would watch him when he was a pup and my bf and I were at work, he was even so "in love" with my bro that when he used to come home he would follow him into his room, I don't know what suddenly changed. The only incident we can think of that changed Harvick was when an intact husky "raped" him...it was pretty bad, Harvick was growling and trying to get this damn dog off, my bf finally went over and had to help the owner pull the dog off.... I would say he is "scared" of my brother but it seems to be when he comes home, or when he suddenly comes out of his room...almost like Harvick forgets my brother lives here and gets scared thinking an intruder came in? .

The clicker really helps in this situation. They pick it up much much faster so its less frustrating...also since the clicker is so precise and loud that if your dog ignores the click you know FOR SURE they are over threshold and you should back up..Som'times the triggers I use are another barking dog, or a really loud truck and I have to practically scream "YES" for the dog to hear me, so the clicker is better in those contexts also...lol.


Som' nights when my husband comes home (we are all in bed) Kiwi will get up and growl/bark at him until she realizes who he is. Som'times she'll greet him and if he leaves the room and comes back in she'll do it again. I honestly think shes half asleep and forgotten hes home/who he is for a second. Except Kiwi is very very nonreactive so she isn't hard to calm down. Chili in the same context would be much harder to calm down.



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Som' nights when my husband comes home (we are all in bed) Kiwi will get up and growl/bark at him until she realizes who he is. Som'times she'll greet him and if he leaves the room and comes back in she'll do it again. I honestly think shes half asleep and forgotten hes home/who he is for a second. Except Kiwi is very very nonreactive so she isn't hard to calm down. Chili in the same context would be much harder to calm down.
Harvick continues with his barking/growling/etc even after he realizes it is my brother lol. Its odd, I will continue working with him and will get a clicker today while out and about. TY for the reassurance!
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