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Old 10-11-2008, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Question how do i get my dog to stop barking and growling at people??

Hello everyone I have a 1 year old pit and every time some one new trys to pet her or even get close to her she growls and barks at them. I interact her with other people and all but now i have been a little more cautious of where i take her. I rescued her from people who did not treat her very well. i have only had her for about 4 months and she has come along way but this is really becomeing a problem. I even have gone as far as putting a muzzle on her and she takes it off with her paws tight or not. So i am looking for pointers advice or anything you guys can give me. I would appreciate it. thanks have a good day!
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off I commend you for taking in a rescue. It is the hardest thing to do is work through the baggage that comes from taking an abused dog. I have worked with many some I have worked through others I have not been able to work out the issues.

I would like to know what are you doing now with her when she re-act this way?
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
 

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i grab her snout and tell her NO!

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Old 10-11-2008, 05:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't do that. It could cause to re-act worse plu she could get mad at you and try to bite.

When you are walking and she sees someoneand starts her growl thing tell her "NO" and make her sit. When she does this you can either use a clicker and cick it or give her a treat or tell her "Good Girl". If she tries to stand tell her "NO" and put her back in the sit. This is not going to be easy but then she didn't get this way over night either. When she ignores the person continue on the walk. do the same thing at home when people come over have her on a leash tell people that you perfer they don't try to touch her as she is dealing with issues. when ever she is good praise her like crazy but do not get her excited that will defeat the purpose of making her calm.
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
 

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Ok i do have a clicker and it does work with her thats how i tought her to sit. Ok i will try this for a while and hope and pray that it works for her. i love her and she is not going any where so i have all the time in the world to train her. thank you so much!
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Your welcome. Remeber to have tons of patients with her.
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
 

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She also needs proper exposer to people. This means she needs people who will be willing to completely ignore her and not be nervous until she is ready for attention. Ignoring her lets her know that they mean no harm, not being nervous around her lets her know that they can be trusted.
She growls at them because they approach her the wrong way. Most likely she is affraid and is telling them to give her some space because she isn't ready to be touch yet; especially if that human is nervous. She is already nervous so she will only trust someone who can be calm and confident to safely guide her through the experience.
So, a big suggestion would be to just have someone around ignoring her and her ignoring them (if you can have her do that). The scenario should go like this: someone comes in your house, she sits and stays away from the door. Once she feels comfortable with their presence then they can come in to sit on the couch or chair. She must respect their space and not come close to them. Once they are sitting then you can allow her to join you and your company in the room. she must still repect their space so she can sit or laydown somewhere in the room away from them. Then you can have a conversation, watch t.v., or whatever you want to do, but without the humans acknowledging her presence (because then she gets really nervous). After a while your guest can leave and the exercise is over. This can only be done if you have good control over her or if you are confident that she won't go after them just for being in your home.
The point in this exercise is that she need to be slowly introduced to humans everyday. They ignore and when she relaxes (feels comfortable with their presence) she will begin to catch their scent. This is her finally trying to get to know them like a dog is supposed to. So, you are making her be curious and interested about other humans; something that she wants no part of right now. She will be learning to trust them because they respect her by allowing her to be a dog and smell them first. With enough trust she can eventually be touched. But you should accomplish trust before you attempt having someone touch her. Which could take a while.
At first this is done at a safe distance meaning that if your house isn't an option than have someone meet u outside somewhere. They approach and stop say 6 ft. away from you without looking, or talking to the dog (total attention on you). She sits next to you and the humans have a conversation. Eventually she will relax and start catching their scent in the wind from her sitting position next to you. That is an accomplishment. Once she is done smelling you can finish your conversation with that person and move on. The exercise was a success. After good experience with this people can get closer for her to smell and even walk with the two of you. This will come with time and will really help her gain trust with people.
But until then you should try your best to expose her to the right people (those that can totally avoid eye contact and not be nervous). You can tell everone else that they can't come close because she is in training. Try to make every interaction a successful one. The more she is around people the more social she becomes, but they have to respect her dogness before treating her as a "pet" or else those people are pressuring her too much and she will continue to have bad experiences with humans.

Good Luck and if you are ever really unsure or scared contact a professional to help.
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
 

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hello just to up date you My mikado my dog is doing much better now that i took your advice she still barks alittle but when i tell her to sit she stops. So thank you again. I also would like to thank you pipsqweek for you advice. I love hearing from people who know what they are talking about. I will keep everything you say in mind and i will also put it to use. Have a great day!
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That is great that everything is working out so far. I hope that you continue improving Keelah's attitude towards people. I find it very rewarding to see these dogs (abused) blossom under the guidance and gentle hand of the right person.
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
 

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Amazing!!! Don't forget to have fun with the rehab. If your not feeling good she won't either. It's up to u to tell her how to feel in these situations. She is gonna look to you for feedback. And by feeling good, your body language will tell her that it is ok.

You go girl
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
 

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Thank you I love my boo boo and there is nothing i would not do for her. I felt bad for her and thats why she is in my home because i know i could give her a better life then her previous owners. And again I thank you both for you advice. It is great being able to talk to people who know what to do and try to help the best they can. Thank you both again soooooo much!
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