Barking Episode 4- Barking at Strangers- Dog training

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This dog training video outlines a plan for beginning to counter condition a dog to certain types of people that a dog becomes reactive to. This video can also be used as a way to socialize young puppies to weird things in the environment. Another useful application of these exercises would be for a dog and handler team practicing to take a Canine Good Citizen test, as well as proofing a Therapy dog or Service dog for all types of situations they might encounter while on the job. It is very common for dogs to become reactive to anything out of the ordinary. We have selectively bred them to be this way. Many dogs will become reactive or show fear to stimuli such as a weird hat, a cane, a walker, a stroller, a person with bags, a big jacket, strange movement and anything that changes a persons profile. You can set up training games to change your dogs emotional response from fear or arousal to calm friendliness using counter conditioning. Watch this video to check out what you can do. ——– Another thing you can do to speed up the process, is to leave these scary items around in your house for the dog to habituate to and investigate. You can also wear them. If your dog is fearful of people with gloves, wear gloves when you watch TV in the evening every once in a while. Put on a different scary item before you put down your dogs dinner bowl. ——- If at any point the dog were to become reactive, simply say ‘let’s go’ to the dog, and when the dog has stopped reacting you

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25 comments on “Barking Episode 4- Barking at Strangers- Dog training

  1. @brittanyXjanel If you think about what she said in that opening line, you’d realize that she meant they were bred to NOTICE unusual things and ALERT their masters. She did not say they were bred to be afraid.

  2. My dog dosnt bark at strangers. he always barks at the same personn when she leaves or comes into the house, he also bites, what can I do? Kikopup I really need your help!

  3. what breed is the dog at the beginning.. because my “puppy” is just like this.

  4. My border collie/Aussie mix barks at people and kids in general. She also growls but not in an aggressive way it’s more a “I’m afraid and will keep an eye on you” way. It is annoying, she’s the sweetest thing to us and people she knows. I know we made her this way partly b/c we don’t have kids and don’t socialize her as much.
    What can I do to correct this behavior?

  5. Im going to be dog-sitting 2 yorkies for 2 weeks. What are some tips to taking care of them and the basics? Im 14 but my mom will be home so she will probably help me 🙂 Thanks!

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