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Old 05-23-2015, 03:59 PM
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Help! Barking puppy

Hello. I truly help you can help me. Yesterday I brought home a 13 week old Chihuahua. Today she has been barking at the most random things: When someone sneezes, coughs, makes too much noise walking and surprisingly at a large suitcase. I truly do not know how to tackle and curtail such a nasty behaviour. What is your advice? I do not want my puppy to grow up with behavioural problems. She is having plenty of exercise and playing time, so this cannot be a build up of energy. Thanks
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:17 PM
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First of all - barking at things is not a nasty behaviour! She is a young baby, has come into a completely new environment and is a bit lost.

She may have not been socialised properly - hasn't seen all the thins that she barks at, therefore doesn't know what they are and how to deal with them. She needs to be introduced to all the things that make her bark, from a distance so that she can investigate and realise that they are safe. Not easy with sneezing perhaps, but worth a try with a soft, pretend sneeze.

Where did you get your puppy from? How much exercise and what kind is she getting - if she is getting a lot, she may be overstimulated with not time to relax and unwind.

Training classes run by a kind. positive reinforcement trainer should be very helpful to you and her.

Have you had dogs before?
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Hello. Thank you so much for your reply. Yes, this is my third dog. However, the previous two were very confident puppies. They whined and cried as puppies, but never barked in this fashion. I was very alarmed. I want her to become a happy and confident puppy. I bought my new puppy from a Kennel Club's Approved Breeder. I have been playing with her for 10 to 15 minutes three times per day. Is it too much? She has been hyperactive today. Running frantically around the house. I have been trying to relax her. Yes. Your guess is right. She has not been properly socialized. And She really does not seem used to most of what is part of a household day to day life, including people sneezing (sadly, I came down with a cold). I was told that, apart from trips to vet, she has not seen much of the world outside of her breeder's facilities either. I took her to the garden for a few minutes and she was clearly overwhelmed. Could you indeed advise me about play time? The breeder said as much or as little as she wishes it, but I have been worried about overstimulation. Thank you. Quote =icemaiden;2550274]First of all - barking at things is not a nasty behaviour! She is a young baby, has come into a completely new environment and is a bit lost.

She may have not been socialised properly - hasn't seen all the thins that she barks at, therefore doesn't know what they are and how to deal with them. She needs to be introduced to all the things that make her bark, from a distance so that she can investigate and realise that they are safe. Not easy with sneezing perhaps, but worth a try with a soft, pretend sneeze.

Where did you get your puppy from? How much exercise and what kind is she getting - if she is getting a lot, she may be overstimulated with not time to relax and unwind.

Training classes run by a kind. positive reinforcement trainer should be very helpful to you and her.

Have you had dogs before?[/QUOTE]
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This most definitely sounds like fear barking. Chihuahuas are a skittish, timid breed by nature, so this isn't abnormal. But considering she wasn't socialized well, this inherent trait has been exacerbated. Sadly many breeders (even Kennel Club Approved ones) slack off, or are in it for the money. This breeder doesn't sound so good if she didn't socialize the puppies at all outside her kennel.

Try to limit your dog's stimulation. Let her play and run in a small pen or gated off room, and only a small space outside too. If you think she's getting overwhelmed let her have some quiet time in a crate, maybe with a little nylabone or bullystick. Puppy classes are important, but a dog like this might shut down in a group environment. I think it might be a good idea to talk to a trainer and tell them your issues. You want to socialize your puppy but lots of puppies in one space might overwhelm her. Ask if they know of any puppies (esp small breed) who might be able to have a private play session with yours, or ask if the trainer has or knows of any good, gentle adult dogs who can help yours come out of her shell. Nervous dogs often flourish around confident, dog-friendly dogs.

Also, if there's something around that she finds scary, it might help to desensitize her to it. Like, if she's scared of the broom, take out the broom then give her a treat. Do this every time she sees the broom and she would associate it with something good and not as scary. Make sure that the scary thing precedes the treat, not the other way around, because then she'll be scared of treats!
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Please don't panic. Your puppy will pick up on your anxiety and will be anxious as well. Puppy socialisation classes run by a dog trainer (not puppy parties run by vets)should be helpful. Please find a trainer who is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Local Dog Trainers.

Please do it soon, your puppy's socialisation window is coming to a close soon.

What do you feed your puppy?

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Taking your puppy out is also useful and quite tiring. When did she have her last vaccination? When did the vet say she can go out? You can carry her in your arms, slowly introducing her to the outside world. If she is confident in your arms, then take her to as many places as possible. Into busy town centre, near supermarket entrance, near schools. She should also meet people of all ages, shapes and sizes. On foot, bikes, wheelchairs, with hats, umbrellas, glasses, beards, pushchairs.
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Thanks for that. I feed her Royal Canin Chihuahua Junior, as advised by the breeder. I have been trying to use of crater, but she is terrified of it. I have used all the techniques advised by a book I bought and still nothing. Patience is required, I imagine. Do you believe a play pen may be less scary?
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Yes, I started introducing her to the outside world today, but I am taking baby, pardon puppy steps. This is the first dog for whom I am the sole responsible. My other dogs were chosen and trained by my parents, as I was just a child at the time. I really do not wish to jeopardize her future happiness making mistakes at this crucial moment. She is now fully vaccinated. My vet advised to wait a week before taking her anywhere that will overstimulate her, including there. Since she is so afraid of the crater, I am letting her sleep in her own bed, but in my room. Is this a mistake? Thanks
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What kind of crate do you have? She may be scared of it.

A wire play play pen, rather than a fabric one, might be better for her. She will be able to see outside, so won't feel so isolated. Which book have you read re crate training?

The best way to introduce her is to put some tasty treats into the crate or pen. If she won't enter, then lay a trails with treats towards the crate or pen, hopefully she will follow her nose right into it. Don't close the door yet.

You could try giving her meals close to the crate or pen moving the dish closer as her confidence grows.

If she has a favourite toy, play close to the crate or pen, occasionally placing the toy just inside the crate or pen.
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I wouldn't let her sleep freely this young, especially if she's overstimulated easily. How exactly have you tried to get her used to the crate? And what sort of crate do you have? If she's too scared of it a small pen might do better, but let's see if we can try the crate first. And I would also put the crate in your room and have her sleep there, so she's crated but near you.

Also, any food that a breed name in it is a gimmick. Royal Canin isn't bad as far as I know but breed specific foods are novelties.

Take her to a puppy class or trainer of some sort. She's not in danger of health issues unless you let her socialize with strange, unvaccinated dogs or take her to dog parks. Vets are just concerned about people doing foolish things like people taking teeny puppies to dog parks, but keeping a dog totally isolated can create serious behavior problems.
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