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Ultimate Puppy Program

Ultimate Puppy Program

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  1. Rachel Baird

    I have a little car seat for my puppy. When we drive he barks the whole time. Once when it was a longer drive he started getting sleepy and settled down. I dont know if it’s fear/anxious barking or excitement. Ive tried putting toys and treats in with him. Neither helped.

    1. Steffi Trott

      Does he drool and/or pant in the car? Does it start as soon as you get to the car, or only once the engine is running, or after some time of driving? Does he throw up? And when did it start?

  2. Zinni

    My puppy (now 15 weeks) barks at everything that moves when he is in the front yard (People walking, other dogs, leaves falling from the trees, squirrels, cars passing by). Once he has met the dog or people walking by, he stops barking but not everyone wants to stop and pet a barking dog. Any advice on how to get him to stop barking every time I take him outside?

    1. Steffi Trott

      Is he barking also when you are training as shown in e.g. the attention game in the first lessons, or only when he is left to his own devices exploring and walking around? Does it sound more like a playful bark, or a bit reactive/scared bark (maybe with hackles raised)?

      1. Zinni

        The barking seems to be more playful when seeing other dogs/humans when going on a walk or when we take him out to pee. He also barks and lungs at vehicles (note that he is 1/2 border collies and 1/2 german shepherd) which doesn’t seem to sound playful at all.

        1. Steffi Trott

          As far as the playful barking at other people and dogs – can you catch his attention with a treat or toy and focus that playfulness on you? Regarding the lunging at vehicles – is he able to be distracted at all with a treat to for example sit for attention or even do a little chase game?

          1. Zinni

            For example, this evening I took him to a small enclosed dog park to practice his loose “by my side” which he is doing very well (with treat). Not far away, there were a few dogs and my puppy left my side and kept barking at the other dogs (wanting to play with them). The only way to get him to come back and focus on me was by using his recall and then I managed to have him focus on me while walking by my side for a little while but then he left my side again to get closer to the fence and continued barking. The only way to get him to stop barking or lunging is by feeding him, there is only so much I can give him. Any advice?

          2. Steffi Trott

            In this specific case, I would have moved further away from the other dogs. Once your puppy is barking and pulling, it can be very difficult to engage him again at that distance. By moving further away, you are immediately making it a lot easier for him to focus and engage with you.

  3. Zinni

    Thank you, I tried keeping a longer distance this afternoon when cars or dogs were approaching and that was better. Thank you.

    1. Steffi Trott

      Perfect, glad to hear it was a good session 🙂

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