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Old 02-20-2019, 04:41 PM
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Consistent Barking at Us

Hello everyone. I am at my wits end and am turning here for help.

We adopted our dog, Gibson 4 months ago from a shelter. He is 2. He gets daily walks and exercise out back. He seems to have a separation anxiety problem (won’t go outside alone, poops if he isn’t crated when we leave, etc). We are getting those issues handled the best we can, but it definitely adds to our frustration with him.

Biggest current problem: He barks at us and our children (3year old and 8 months old). Like really loud, in your face, continual barking. Having him sit doesn’t break it, putting him outside doesn’t break it because he doesn’t want to be outside alone, basically just petting him breaks it but we feel as if we are rewarding this really bad, scary for my small children habit. Sometimes it is because he needs to potty so we are working on bell training him, but most of the time it is just because we are playing and he doesn’t like it. He doesn’t want us running, jumping, playing, or even just pacing the house (getting youngest to sleep).

Any suggestions? From why I’ve read online, we are trying the “outstubborn the dog” approach and just ignoring it.. but sometimes he barks at us for a couple minutes straight. And it’s loud and booming. The ignoring thing doesn’t seem to be working.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:37 PM
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Is he protective breeds? My dog barks, growls, chases and lunges and will escalate to snapping at anyone who he thinks is acting aggressively that he needs to protect me and himself from. He will chase joggers and if they stop running and stop and talk to him quietly he's friendly again. With joggers I think it's his chase drive. I say chase and not prey drive because he chases rabbits especially but never catches or hurts them. He's fast enough to have caught one by now. He's never hurt anyone or any small animals so I believe he just likes to chase things and doesn't have the drive to actually kill or hurt them.

But even people he knows and likes he will bark and growl at if they get too loud with yelling or start slamming things or roughhousing or actually fighting. I can do those things, well tell or drop or slam doors. I never physically fight or roughhouse with people.

People with more expertise than me can chime in. But my dogs have had herding and protective instincts and none of them have tolerated other people, children or other animals behaving in loud or out of control ways. I've only had shelter dogs who might have had abuse histories as well.
I simply don't let people roughhouse in front of him. If I'm in public and I can't avoid it, people settle down fast when he starts barking at them lol. For loud talking or yelling, I tell him quiet or no barking and have his favorite bacon treats always available to distract him and keep him close to me.
When unruly kids and teens come in the dog park and start running and screaming and stamping around, I introduce them to him first on leash and have them pet him and give him treats. Once he sniffs them and gets treats he's more tolerant. I then explain to them and the parents that he was abused and gets scared of loud noises y yelling and thinks it's fun to chase people who run and may bark at a lot of noise. Most kids behave much calmer after that. And he's more tolerant if he knows them if they do get a bit rambunctious.
Yes of course you reward the dog if he's anxious or afraid and you or your kids are triggering traumatic fearful memories and retraumatizing him constantly. He's a rescue you have no idea he was treated or what stress you're causing him. How can he relax and feel safe and trust you if he's constantly scared and trying to protect you and himself? You have to reward him to reassure him and build a bond.
I rewarded my dog all the time the first year even though he ran away all the time. And barked and lunged at everyone. And did all kinds of antisocial things. He had to learn to trust and love me. Even though I was ready to kill him half the time lol.
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:27 AM
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Id suggest two things; firstly a well referenced dog trainer to ensure that you and your little ones are safe, and also crate train the dog do that you can keep him separate from the children if needed.


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Old 02-26-2019, 11:55 PM
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Getting your dog to bark less will take time, work, practice, and consistency. It won’t happen overnight, but with proper techniques and time, you can see progress.

Here are a few tips to remember as you start your efforts to control your dog’s barking.

Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell.
Most dogs don’t know what you want when you’re yelling at them to “shut up.” So train your dog to understand the word “Quiet!”
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Be careful with little kids and dog aggression/excessive barking

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Biggest current problem: He barks at us and our children (3year old and 8 months old). Like really loud, in your face, continual barking.... but we feel as if we are rewarding this really bad, scary for my small children habit. g.
You are so right---having a dog bark in your face or excessively near or around your small children can be scary---and dangerous!!!!!

Even if your dog isn't acting aggressively with his barking, your child (or their pals) could scream back at the bark--- and that could change everything. A chase could ensue and ANY dog can bite when in a super heightened screaming chase with a small baby or child (or small animal)

Like I always say....ALL DOGS HAVE TEETH!!

Can you hire a certified qualified dog behaviorist for at least an initial assessment to come to your home to see what is going on?

They can assess better for you if they see risk factors for potential dog bites or aggression. Super important for homes with babies, toddlers, and kids who cannot control their impulses and make safe decisions around dogs.

And help you with keeping Gibson's stress to a minimum as he adjusts to your home.

I know it is not cheap to hire a behaviorist, but it is always best to be preventative when it comes to dogs and lil kids and safety!!!
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Did you try to teach 'no bark'? When I got my newf, he did that for attention all the time. I spent a few days working on 'no bark' and he got it very quickly, honestly, I just had to be very consistent (and only pay attention to him when he was quiet).
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