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Barking at people/other dogs

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fessmess Fri 01-Dec-17 22:35:36

My 13 month standard poodle cross has recently started barking at people/dogs if they surprise her. Ie if someone comes in she wasn't expecting or in a pub if she suddenly noticed a dog nearby. Today in pub she was horrendous and the man she barked at was a twat who thought it funny to bark backconfused. Any advice? Do not want this getting worse, I was mortified today and if we hadn't already ordered I'd have left.

hometownunicorn Sat 02-Dec-17 09:02:21

My dog does this. It's a fear thing for him, we think, so we try to calm him down with a cuddle or some reassurance which does help. We've also used some of the CARE for reactive dogs ideas which has helped so that might be worth a look.

I've had someone bark back as well! It's so ridiculous. angry

missbattenburg Sat 02-Dec-17 13:15:59

Look up teenage fear phase as this is likely to be it. The good news is that if you give her space, patience and gentle encouragement it should only last a few weeks before she comes out the other side.

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