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> Barking In Excitement, Not a bad bone in her body
doggyvonne
post 28th Nov 2017, 3:30 pm
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My new little girl Yorkie i every body's friend and loves other dogs too but her overexuberance to engage with people and dogs is very noisy and can happen several times on a walk. I think she maybe has been couped up some weeks if not longer because of the family circumstances where she was before and perhaps she is just very 'pleased to see you' IYKWIM. I dont want to stop her being sociable but I need some tips to start to control the barking on walks. I drop my keys and that doesnt work..sometimes she will stop if i clap hands but of course she is on the lead until she is spayed and it isnt easy to clap when you are holding a lead? Any ideas???
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post 28th Nov 2017, 4:30 pm
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Is it excitement or anxety?

In reality it would be better to get a behaviourist who is up to date with modern training advice to advise in person.

What I wouldnt do is train by fear or shock - dropping keys and clapping etc may mean she quickly starts to associate the arrival of other dogs witha loud noise or humans getting axious or annoyed and she may quickly start getting aggressive towards dogs approaching to remove the negative association. For me I would slow things down and spend time building a bond with her and keeping a large distance from otehr people and other dogs and work on a more balanced and calm reaction and encourage her to direct towards you when other dogs approach.
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woofgang
post 28th Nov 2017, 10:01 pm
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Is she is season? I am not sure why she has to stay on a lead until spayed unless she is in season? If she is in season then please be even more patient as behaviour in season can be totally different from "normal" behaviour.
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post 29th Nov 2017, 9:27 am
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Please stop trying to startle her out of it. It would be very, very easy to create an association between these events and others dogs, turning her apparent over excitement into fearfulness and reactivity. Very easy. She's already at a high level of stress (whether for good or bad reasons) so even easier. Think how you'd feel if every time you saw a particular animal, someone frightened you - you'd soon be on edge when seeing that animal and start to look around for it out of worry. It's not a nice way to live.

I agree with getting someone in as it's impossible to say over the internet why she's doing it - it may well be excitement or it may already be nerves (common in yorkies, as many are undersocialised and not well bred) and you'll need to get the training right.

In the meantime, give her as much distance as you can - ideally far enough that she doesn't react - and reward everything calm she does, including looking at them calmly (i.e. no stiff body, not pulling towards them, able to look away easily).
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post 8th Dec 2017, 1:58 pm
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As above. My friend has two dobes, they bark like mad, redirect on to eachother when they are startled, scared of something, something unusual or other dogs/people (all sorts really lol)

She shouts at them, pulls them back, and the dogs get worse. When I make my voice happy and higher pitched, saying''Oh come on lets go this way Darcy' turn around and walk away, the dogs react much better. Always works. She and her partner in crime shut up , look at me, and trot the other way, thus increasing distance between what ever scares them (trying to get that into my friend's head is near impossible, but hey its a work in progress!!)

Distance, distraction, and of course praise when she is good usually works a treat smile.gif

Its very exciting isnt t, to have a new dog and trying to figure everything out! smile.gif

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