PHOTO CONTEST - December Theme is Snow-> Vote Here

November Photo of the Month Winner
Image

Theme: Open
Pictured: Kapena
Submitted by: DaHawaiianDS
Let's Go For a Ride


Featured Topics
Just registered? Read This
Submissiveness
This should be read by everyone
Columns and Rows in your posts?
Photo Uploads - Updated Instructions
Latest K9 Products Series - Suppliers
How To Select/Research a Breeder
Other breeds that may be the source of your brindle dog


This forum has a Facebook page. Click here and like the page to stay up to date with all the latest activity.
Did you know you can embed YouTube videos in your posts? Instructions Here

Barking

Post Reply
zxs107020
Green Dog
Posts: 102
Joined: Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:34 am
Tell us about yourself: Dallas, TX. I have owned two dutch shepherds. Both were/are service dogs. I hope to trial in competitive obedience/tracking with my current puppy.

Barking

Post by zxs107020 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:00 pm

This is an entirely new phenomenon. It just began yesterday. I was at the doctor's office with my dog and she just started barking at a pair of people in the waiting room, and then at another patient who entered later. There were 4-5 individual barks. Then, this morning at Starbuck's she again barked at me 3 times while I was ordering my drink. This is completely unacceptable (not to mention embarrassing) for a service dog and must be stopped IMMEDIATELY.

My thoughts are: both times, I was in a rush- maybe she picked up on the nervous energy and this got her excited as well? I normally make it a point to actively portray a calm, measured demeanor in front of the dog. The other thing is that I have been using a separate command for "quiet," so maybe I just need to tell her "No!" instead? (The NO has a lot more weight and she will comply if I use it- I just prefer not to when it can be avoided) My other thought is that she was possibly barking to say, "give me attention, where are the treats," which is still completely unacceptable.

Anyway, I am open to advice/suggestions on both why she was barking and how to stop it.
Aachen Cleopatra 2/15/17

Dree_19
Puppy
Posts: 46
Joined: Fri May 19, 2017 8:41 pm
Tell us about yourself: Sporting a 3 pack on New England's coast.

Re: Barking

Post by Dree_19 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:23 pm

Im not on here very often, so don't know the history of the dog-age etc. I assume this is a DS? How old? I'm assuming its an older puppy as you are learning new things about her personality. You might just have an excitable, curious, protective pup that is doing what DS do! Sounds normal and I wouldn't correct barking behavior on a pup- maybe a quiet word to help distinguish that it's not acceptable to you. I see you called her a service dog- is she in training? Again, how old? A DS as a service dog will depend on temperament and personality.

I see this as exhibiting normal DS behavior- she might not be right for a service dog. Are you fostering/training her or plan to use for yourself? 99.9% of DS would not be right for most types of service work. There are exceptions of course, coming from a breeder who only breeds for those traits etc. Still, you could get some true DS DNA in there! Expect it. And keep working her. But depending on age (under 1.5 years-they mature very slow) she will still exhibit puppy behavior and go through the regular fear stages as well. Unsure of new people, protecting owner, all expected to be top on their list of behavior for this breed. It has to be worked out with socialization every day. It goes against everything they are made of. Mine is social only to those I allow him to be. He does not bark at strangers. He ignores them. I have taught this to him on a daily basis with our daily excursions. He is 5 months. Same with my GSD pup. He's 4 months. Both going to be PPD's, both great (completely neutral and ignore) strangers and surroundings. Again-I had to instill this behavior as it is not normal to the breed. Hope this helps!
"West" (Vrijheid's Xtreme DOB 4/9/17)
"Easton" (DDR GSD DOB 5/18/17)
"Chase" (Yorkanian?)
RIP Rocco & Lia GSD

Steve Gossmeyer
Training Dog
Posts: 399
Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:43 pm
Tell us about yourself: Schutzhund helper and trainer I own and work two Dutchies
Location: Long Island

Re: Barking

Post by Steve Gossmeyer » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:31 pm

Don't let that shit go! Correct her when she does it! Use a collar for correction it's a dutchie NO isn't gonna work much longer... for a service dog this behavior isn't acceptable as you stated..honestly you need a trainer with a lot of your issues... I know you don't want to hear this but you have a lot of issues that I see as very simple fixes!

Dree_19
Puppy
Posts: 46
Joined: Fri May 19, 2017 8:41 pm
Tell us about yourself: Sporting a 3 pack on New England's coast.

Re: Barking

Post by Dree_19 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:08 pm

Steve Gossmeyer wrote:
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:31 pm
Don't let that shit go! Correct her when she does it! Use a collar for correction it's a dutchie NO isn't gonna work much longer... for a service dog this behavior isn't acceptable as you stated..honestly you need a trainer with a lot of your issues... I know you don't want to hear this but you have a lot of issues that I see as very simple fixes!
Steve's the pro here and may know your situation better than I do. I didn't realize this was an actual service dog, was just going by your descriptions of protective behavior. Not a good sign for a service dog. Take his advice and start the professional training. Service dogs, from what I understand are bred for that purpose and start imprinting and exposure training from as early as 3-4 weeks old by the breeder, then go off and start a training program for the specific service work it is providing. Good luck!
"West" (Vrijheid's Xtreme DOB 4/9/17)
"Easton" (DDR GSD DOB 5/18/17)
"Chase" (Yorkanian?)
RIP Rocco & Lia GSD

Post Reply