New owner - please help(16 Posts)
The vomiting would make me thing he was being aggressive because he is unwell, if he's normally ok with other dogs.
Was jogging dog on the lead? Had he done similar before at all?
Did he eat much grass when out? Is he eating?
Could your dog be having conversations with the neighbours? They do make a noise to see if any other dog is out there, then often a conversation of sorts begins. To our ears it's rather loud and incomprehensible, but if you listen, you'll get the ghist of what's going on. Is it general stuff, or are there hints of other communication going on? Like a cat on the patch? Or something.
Other dogs on leads can cause problems. The leaded dog is vulnerable because it can't get away, and sometimes this can appear threatening to a non-leashed dog. One of ours used to race up to dogs on leads and bark in their faces and run on. The dogs took no notice, but the owners often got a fright. We sorted it out through various distraction tactics, moving in the other direction, games, treats...Anything really to make us seem more interesting than another dog.
It could be that he is feeling particularly protective of you at the moment. Dogs can smell all sorts of things that just wouldn't occur to us.
If he had been eating grass, it's entirely possible that it could make him retch. Make sure he is drinking, and if he is off his food, don't try to tempt him with extra bits. He will be ok for a day without food. You could check his gums. Hold his mouth and press his gums lightly. They should go pale then get back to their ordinary colour quite quickly.
I don't really know what to do about excessive barking, but I'm sure someone who does will be along soon!
Is there a dog club or anything near you? I don't know anything about dog culture in US. He has not lived with you for very long, and it may take a while for things to settle down. If you are able, it might help to take him to training and socialisation. You may also have to start your training from scratch. He's a young dog, and only just becoming an adult. If he has lived with other dogs before, he should understand the protocol. Our youngest dog had a habit of biting holes in our oldie. These are scraps, but it's not very nice clearing up what looks like a scene from CSI when the oldie's ear is bitten. Then they lie on top of each other and snooze on the sofa.
Your dog might be communicating about whether there's a cat in the area, but do you really care? Continuous barking is incredibly annoying and a lunging dog will make going out with baby and dog very difficult. Is it possible for you to call in a behaviourist to see how he behaves in his own garden and when out with you? It might be that your dog thinks it needs to protect you and in turn is getting anxious. Hard to say.
Don't shout at your dog when he's barking! He'll think you're joining in the fun! If you listen to people shouting at their dogs, it's easy to see why. Saying this, I am no saint. Do as I say and not as I do! There are ways of reducing barking. Perhaps treating the dog for being quiet? I don't really know as I've not had to deal with it in any serious way.
Our dog would bark when she went outside just to make a point. She was putting her mark on her property. She would set off the yappy dogs next door - but wouldn't bother responding. If she was doing too much I would ask her to be quite and tell her 'that's enough'.
You might find he's being territorial about the birds - we did have a collie cross who had a 100% success rate at chasing hot air balloons away from the house - interesting thing was that this required a different bark - there must have been some hound in her ancestry based on the baying!
In terms of the on-lead aggression, this could be simply because he's on a lead and hasn't had the socialisation - some help with this might be a good idea given your imminent birth! If you struggled to hold him, something that helps you hold him without doing him any harm - if he was in a collar, significant pulling might even have been one of the things to make him sick.
No you don't need a choke chain. At all. There are loads of headcollar training aids on the market which mean that you have control of your dog's head, which is much easier than the full weight of the whole animal
Oh just let your Dh know that as well as being awful he will rue the day he thought cutting your dog's vocal chords might give him some peace (not suggesting he would).
It of course won't stop pup barking but it will stop all modulated sound - it is terrible to listen to, much worse than barking and whining.
We had an American couple bring their dogs over here and both had been done - no ethical arguments persuaded them it was a bad move but the noise did, and continued to for the next 11 years! They are not the only ones either.
Congratulations on your pregnancy btw (only a few weeks late there!) I agree with PP's with your time before birth coming to an end and a fractious husband a behaviourist is a really smart move. Personally I would consult with one before you take him to classes and start socialisation without desensitisation - he needs to learn to trust your judgement and a few silly owners could make this escalate quickly. Invest - pays dividends in the long term. Your pup hasn't been with you long in the scheme of things and I think it will really help you all to get assessed and a behaviour plan firmly in place so you don't have to do too much new adjusting and time hungry initial techniques when you have a new little one and pup won't feel hard done by either. Good luck with dog and baby x
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