Different type of barking

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Help. My 1 year old girl has started this barking at the older dog until either he freaks out on her or finally gives up. I take it as she is trying to tell him she wants to play but she doesn't give in easily when he isn't interested. He will tollerate it for a while and then either he will give in and play with her or he will get mad and they end up fighting. I have tried to get between them and stop her, take her to another room, used a water bottle. None of this is working. Any suggestions? She is well trained and listens except for when she does this barking. She will bark for 10 to 20 minutes if we let her. Please help me figure out what it is in need to do to get her to stop this behavior.

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I've dealt with this behavior before. It's horribly annoying. Is it the high-pitch persistent park or the medium pitch metronome bark?

Demanding play from a superior is a bad behavior. Only superior dogs initiate play, so demanding play is actually an assertion of dominance. The older dog, who I'm betting is a fairly obedient and easy-going dog, is doing the proper thing. He's leaving it up to you to deal with the puppy. But after a while anyone will loose their patience and will bite the puppy's butt for her - which isn't good.

What you need to do - in dog terms - is claim the older dog from the puppy. When she starts the horrible barking, put yourself between them and approach the puppy. Don't let her dodge around you. You might have to corner her. Stay calm and focused, just looking at her, not letting her past you, until she gives in - which usually means she'll sit, or perhaps just relax her face and stop looking at the older dog. As soon as she gives in, walk away and let her go about her business.

If she starts the barking again, or doesn't stop while you're claiming the older dog, give a verbal correction along with a sharp touch on her side, not anything painful, just something for dog communication.

Essentially, you need to calmly and persistently show the puppy that the older dog belongs to you, and so does she. Once she stops the barking, watch her close and learn to recognize what she does leading up to the barking. You'll see it. It's a fixation. Start correcting that, before the barking even begins, and really get mommy-dog-mean if she barks even after you give the correction.

Water bottles can work on some dogs for whom it serves as a correction - for others it's a game. Taking her to another room might actually encourage such behavior just because it gets her attention from you.