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Old 04-23-2018, 10:51 AM
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New dog barking/lunging at other dogs

Hi all! I’m new to this forum and am just looking for some advice and to see if anyone else has had a similar experience. I just adopted a chihuahua mix from a shelter about two weeks ago. She is 1 year old. We don’t know much about her history. She was housebroken when I adopted her. She walks pretty well on the leash and absolutely loves new people. When we come across new people on our walks, she is the sweetest thing. Not a jumper just wants to cuddle up to you and be pet and fussed over. However, if we come across another dog she just loses it, lunging and barking. I don’t have a problem with her barking but it’s incessant and she does not pay attention to me at all
A lot of people have told me not to worry because she is still in a transition period. Some people tell me to discipline her, then when I read up on it it says not to.
Anybody else experience this or have any suggestions?
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Old 04-24-2018, 12:30 AM
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I think you should do both. Discipline her and don't worry too much. She's still adapting the new environment, it really takes time and your patience is really needed.
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She's still figuring you and your home out. Rather than continue subjecting her to the stress of meeting other dogs, I'd suggest avoiding these encounters if possible. Can you just take her across the street if you see another dog in your path? Later on, you can work with her on her reactivity, but once you've gotten to know her better.

Not a big fan of "corrections." I've never actually witnessed it working with reactive dogs. I think it would be counter-productive.
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I'll say leave it and no barking, then call him to me and reward with his favorite treats. This is when he's loose in a field or at the dog park and gets into protective mode and has to run along the fence barking at every single passer by. He's not scared then.
When he was new and reactive to anyone going near the car I'd say quiet and reward him for listening. On the leash when he'd pull to meet other dogs I'd try to avoid the dogs. If I couldn't I'd make him stop or sit and reward him for listening. So I guess a combination of praise and corrections but I'd praise any listening and try to keep it positive first.
If he was truly afraid I'd encourage any effort to listen. Lunging and barking I'd teach him quiet and leave it. But I'd had him several months before he started those behaviors.
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I agree with Susanlynn. Reactivity to other dogs is not uncommon. Do not force her into situations where she is close to dogs. Turn around and walk away. Once she realizes you are her protector, she will learn to trust you. In a few weeks you can work on counter conditioning whenshe sees dogs at a safe distance.
I’m temlted to get into ‘threshold’ discussion. Here goes...
The threshold is the distance she needs to be from a dog to not totally lose it. That is how far away you need to start to distract and reward her for not barking and lunging.
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