Small Dog Barking While Walking

September 16, 2012 | Behavior Problems | By Dogpal | One Comment

Getting exercise on a daily basis is as important for dogs as it is for humans.  Reggie and Angel  love to take their daily walks so they can get their “dog ya-ya’s” out as well as become familiar with who has traveled the  path in their absence!  Dogs love to go out for walks but sometimes dog aggression in the form of growling, jumping and barking up a storm when passing other dogs can be a problem. Once one dog starts barking and lunging, it often triggers a response from the passing dog who may have been good up until he heard all of the ruckus. Barking can come from insecurity. First teach your dog to bark on command and to be quiet on command. When he understands this, it will be easier to teach some social skills.  Enlist the help of a friend with a dog who can practice passing your dog.  Keep your dog walking next to you while walking instead of out in front of you. Often when dogs lead, they feel the need to be the protector so this will just increase the barking behavior. Give the command to be quiet if he starts barking and reward him with a small treat when he is able to pass by the other dog quietly.  With practice, patience, consistency and treats, you dog will eventually learn what you expect from him.

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One comment on “Small Dog Barking While Walking”

  1. Emerita Boudreaux

    Teaching a dog to act politely requires some effort, consistency and patience as well. In the end, having a well trained dog would be a great gift.

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