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|02-12-2012, 06:59 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sylvania, Ohio, United States
My dog hates everyone besides me
Hello everyone, I have a 1 year old yorkie and he does not like anybody besides me!! If anyone comes over he barks at them and will not go anywhere close to them even if they are very calm. If I take him outside he barks at anyone at my apartment complex. It is extremely irritating that he is like this. I have taken him many places with me hoping that socializing him will help out and he just hates everyone. Any advice???
|02-12-2012, 09:24 PM||#3|
♥ Maximo and Teddy
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Have a friend help, as suggested above. Meet outdoors (neutral territory). Have the friend take a position not too close to you and your leashed dog. Have him on the ground, not in your arms. Maybe sit on the ground with him. Let your dog bark until he quits. Stay quiet and still and have your helper do the same. No staring at the dog. It may take a long time, but once he quits barking, reward him. Give him a treat and praise him. If he is treat or toy motivated, use those to reward him. Keep repeating the exercise and have the friend move closer.
The important part of any training exercise is to remain calm and confident. If your dog senses you are anxious or frustrated, he will mirror that feeling.
When doing these exercises, you could also try a Thundershirt, which can be calming for dogs in these types of situations.
Does your dog know basic commands like sit, stay, down? Basic obedience and trick training can be useful in focusing the dog in anxiety-fueled situations. Practice indoors alone and then try outdoors.
A lot of people have had great success with clicker training. Make sure you read up on how to do it before buying a clicker.
Hope some of this helps.
Kristin, Max and Teddy
|02-12-2012, 10:07 PM||#4|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Corona ny
yours Roz and Brandy
|02-13-2012, 06:52 AM||#5|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Aspen, CO, US
The dog really needs to be socialized. Carry some treats and do your best to get others to give him a treat, but that may backfire as you may wind up with a dog that barks and begs with everybody.
When ruger barks at a stranger I casually say he wants attention, I pick him up and hold him up to the other person and he calms down, especially if the other person will pet him.
One thing I don't understand is why Ruger barks at some people but not at others.