Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2015
12 For everything that is happening in your community UNLEY Positive Dog Training Ask the Expert " My Maltese Shitzu Benny is barking at other dogs when we’re out walking. He barks, lunges and seems quite frantic. He is nine months and he has been to puppy preschool. I thought he would have grown out of it by now, it’s becoming really embarrassing" Helen, Hyde Park For dogs, barking is a normal way to communicate. A dog will bark for lots of reasons but what you are describing sounds like fear based barking. Many dogs lunge towards other dogs when they bark and it is easy to think the dog just wants to say hello. In most of these cases the dog is actually barking to make the other dog go away. Fearful dogs will pull their ears back and their body becomes tense, if this is happening to Benny he is telling you he needs more distance from other dogs when on the lead. Turn him around and go the other way so he feels safe, then you can reinforce him with really tasty treats so he starts to have a more pleasant experience when other dogs are around. Dogs on lead are at a disadvantage as they can’t move or get away. Benny needs to trust that you will keep him safe whilst he learns a new way to behave around other dogs. Sharon Crichton Want to ask the expert? Please email your questions for Sharon to firstname.lastname@example.org A heartfelt thank you! More than 480 volunteers gave over 30,000 hours of their time to the City of Unley this year. Thank you City of Unley volunteers! Our secret ingredient is you.
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