Marley Girl Posted March 4, 2014 Report Share Posted March 4, 2014 My little Marley girl is going on six months and is a sweetheart. I've been taking her to doggie day care once a week to interact with other dogs and people and she always gets a great report card. Plays great with the other dogs, makes friends and is very sweet to all the employees she interacts with. Still, when she's on a leash outside the entire world seems to scare her. she jumps at noises and barks at almost everyone. After walking about 20 minutes she relaxes a bit and stops barking and lunging at pedestrians (I take her to outdoor malls to socialize her with the busy world). At that point, she will only go crazy barking if large groups of people begin inundating the space around her. I've been focusing on socializing her since she was all done with her beginner puppy shots. But it seems I was too late because all this fear set in in the interim. these people on the sidewalk that she's barking at aren't even approaching her to be sociable -- they're minding their own business. I brought to an outdoor, dog-friendly restaurant and she barked and lunged at everyone to the point I left. When I see the onset of this behavior, I tug quickly at her leash to pull her focus away from the scary stuff around her and get her attention. This has helped a bit. Walking with her, she is always at my side on a short leash so I can better gage her attitude toward everything and see how she's carrying herself. Trying to distract her with food and trying to make it a pleasant experience does not help because she has no interest in even chicken when she's outdoors in scary places. When she's extra scared it goes so far as accidentally urinating on the spot. It's so sad to watch and I'm doing what I can to help her, but I feel like I'm not doing enough because it's not stopping. On an upbeat note, she enjoys the doggie camp experience so much that she actually wags her tail and is so happy every time we visit Petsmart (walk-by for socialization and being around people) and go by the doggie camp. Is this fear and barking something that will go away as I continue to socialize her and she matures? Any stories/advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Kim Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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