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Barking at people while on a walk

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    Barking at people while on a walk

    I took bmo to puppy pre school where she met a lot of different people/other dogs, but when I take her on walks outside she barks at other people walking.
    Anyone have any advice on how to get her to stop barking at them?
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    Teach bmo the "look at that game." I can't post a link from my cell but its from the book Control Unleashed and there should be some how tos with a quick Google search.
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    I would take Bmo (can't get my mind around that name - which letter is silent) to crowded streets like your local business/shopping area or on a crowded beach or to well attended outdoor events. Bmo should experience a lot of things and situations ASAP and this helps in progressing her education and alleviating her fears and anxieties.
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    Good god I am going to agree with MR!!!

    Socialization, socialization, socialization... Take him to as many places where can safely interact with as many people and dogs as possible.

    It really pays off in the long run.
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    lol... i will agree with socialization as a key to this as well.. and I love Gally's suggestion of doing the look at me game. This will help in many situations.

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    I agree with socialization too, but don't think the "flooding" technique is the answer here.

    By flooding, I mean taking her to crowded areas. That could overwhelm her. I think taking her out and teaching the "look at that" game is a wonderful idea.

    I would start with less crowded areas and work up to areas with more people. I wouldn't start with crowded streets.

    In the US you are rather restricted as to where you can take dogs. Some beaches are ok (provided you even live in a state anywhere near a beach), and some do not allow dogs. Shopping areas, you can walk around strip malls but not inside an enclosed mall. You can take dogs into places like Petsmart and PetCo and often Home Depot. All good places and usually not crowded.

    Outdoor events, well, that depends on which event you might want to go to. Agility trials might work, but if she barks you might get unwanted advice. Then again you might get some terrific advice as there are well experienced dog trainers there. Depends on how one takes the advice given.

    I would not go to a ball game (soccer/baseball/football) etc. as again, dogs may not be allowed. Depends on the park it's held in. And if it's a kids game, parents might not understand a barking puppy.

    So yes, getting her out and socialized is a great idea, but choose carefully where you take her. And IMO, work up to "crowded".

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    Surrounded by a multitude of people and maybe a few other dogs, a dog that usually has been barking at individual people who pass by, is not normally going to get into a frenzy because there is just too much traffic. Sometimes the best way to learn to swim is to go into the deep end.
    I have taken Taylor to countless outdoor events from when he was a four month old puppy.- music concerts, fairs, carnivals, street parades - the llist goes on and on.
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    ok I'll try taking her to the park, petsmart, and old town this weekend.

    thanks all for the advice!
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    Surrounded by a multitude of people and maybe a few other dogs, a dog that usually has been barking at individual people who pass by, is not normally going to get into a frenzy because there is just too much traffic. Sometimes the best way to learn to swim is to go into the deep end.
    Well, IMO, puppies don't "normallly" bark at people every time they go for walks either. And since none of us have seen this puppy in person, I'd rather err on the side of caution than throw the puppy "in the deep end". Just my opinion.

    I have taken Taylor to countless outdoor events from when he was a four month old puppy.- music concerts, fairs, carnivals, street parades - the llist goes on and on.
    Every dog is different and it depends on their beginnings. I've taken puppies out at 4 mos. and sometimes earlier. I normally begin show training at matches (practice shows) at 3 mos. of age. And my puppies are exposed to lots of things before they are allowed to go to new homes. But this is me. We don't know this puppies background or what he experienced at the breeders. What we know is he NOW has a problem with barking at people when on a walk. I gave advice as to what I thought was the best thing to do as you did. However, my advice differed from yours. That doesn't make either of us wrong, just different. And it's up to the owner who knows her puppy to decide what is the best route to take.

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    is there a window in which socialization becomes harder? shes about 5 months now
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    Socialisation starts from when a puppy is over five weeks old and develops from there. A breeder should have introduced a puppy to many different sights and sounds by the time he/she is ready to go to a new owner. Limited I know but there is a check list for what puppies should have experienced by the time they are 9-10 weeks old.

    There are right ways and wrong ways to raise a puppy and there are best methodology and practices.



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    is there a window in which socialization becomes harder? shes about 5 months now
    Corgis are very resiliant and IMO, he's still plenty young enough to socialize. The only time I've seen a real problem has been with an adult corgi that's come into rescue.

    I will admit that you need to be a bit more diligent with Cardigans, as they are a breed that is more reserved to begin with.

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    So we went to the park last night.
    She has really good focus until someone gets within like 5 feet. she goes especially nuts if someone is walking right towards her. So for that trip we just sat where she could see a bunch of people and hear a lot of sounds and practice sit, lay down, and shake hands. Just hung out and let her get used to it.
    I guess I don't know WHY shes barking. her tail goes nuts and she gets really low to the ground when people who are brave enough do come up to her and pet her.

    What does getting low mean? She does it when i pet her and she seems to be super stoked about it. I thought dogs only got low when they are afraid?
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    Being low can be a submissive act. Ie. "I'm no threat to you" or "let's be friends (not enemies)". It can also be an invitation to play know as a play bow which you can Google pictures of to see if that fits.

    Walking straight up to a dog is threatening behavior in dog language. Therefore, I suspect she might be saying "back off" but also showing she is no threat/doesn't want to fight. If you walk a semicircle motion around people who are approaching head on it may make her feel more comfortable as an arc greeting is more natural for dogs and less threatening.

    ETA: it might also help if you walk her on the side of you opposite to the side people are approaching from.
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    Taylor has not done this for a few years now but there was a time when he occasionally moved forward someway then sat down waiting for an approaching dog to come up to him. Once he sat down expectantly whilst the other dog did the same - so there was a hilarious stand-off.

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