Welcome to the YorkieTalk.com Forums Community - the community for Yorkshire Terriers. |
You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be able to chat with over 35,000 YorkieTalk members, read over 2,000,000 posted discussions, and view more than 15,000 Yorkie photos in the YorkieTalk Photo Gallery after you register. We would love to have you as a member!
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please click here to contact us.
| ||LinkBack||Thread Tools|
|03-28-2012, 09:08 AM||#1|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Aspen, CO, US
Barks at strangers
Ruger is generally quiet, but on walks, when he sees a stranger, he goes into a vicious barking mode. "Enough" doesn't work, although it does work inside the house or when he's playing with "his friends."
He'll stop if I pull out a treat, or if I give the treat to the stranger to give to him, but isn't that reinforcing the barking? I can pick him up, but to me that's also reinforcing the barking.
He's never bit, and I do keep a tight grip on his leash. If I can get people to just reach down and pet him he will lick and stop barking, but that's difficult to do when it looks like Ruger is going to rip your head off, so maybe he just wants attention.
He also has a bark collar we use when he "has" to be quiet, and once on he does not bark at all. If I forget, and leave the collar on when I take him outside, he will not bark at all and is very friendly to strangers, or at least acts friendly.
I do not interfere with his barking when he is playing or it looks like he is warning me about something. He stops as soon as I acknowlege whatever he is barking at.