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|09-04-2011, 02:22 PM||#27 (permalink)|
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on walks, my dogs all alert on other people or dogs, but they don't normally bark even if another dog is barking at them. A full grown Doberman alerting at the end of the leash is pretty scary - they don't need to make a sound IMHO. I know that people in my neighborhood would complain if my dogs were being aggressive on walks and barking. I work pretty hard to keep my dogs from being obnoxious in any way - I don't want complaints.
That said my 3 dogs all bark like idiots when someone comes to the door - 1/2 of what they are barking at is each other. Depending on who is at the door, sometimes I'm ok with it and sometimes not. We live in a very low crime suburban neighborhood, but you never know. I don't try to keep my dogs from barking at the door, I just manage it.
The OP's barking boy also sounds like fear barking to me and I would not encourage it. I'd work on some major socializing and training to help develop his social skills and confidence. A fearful dog is often a dangerous dog - they need to learn the difference between what is ok and what isn't.
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|09-04-2011, 02:44 PM||#28 (permalink)|
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|09-04-2011, 02:47 PM||#29 (permalink)|
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Have to agree with everyone else - barking at people on walking is unnecessary and obnoxious. For one, you are the one in control - not the dog - and unless someone is coming at you with the intent to harm, the dog should always defer to you first and not cause a scene.
For two, walking a Doberman down the street who randomly barks at and intimidates people further increases people's irrational fear or them, which does nothing to improve their reputation - especially if your community comes around to vote on banned breed legislation. When I am in public with my dog, I go out of my way to show people that my dog is even-tempered and well-socialized for this reason.
Even-tempered and well-socialized does NOT equal unprotective. It means that your dog is well-balanced, is not fearful or fear-aggressive, and is able to tell the difference between a threat and a non-threat. A dog who walks down the sidewalk barking at everything, and hides behind furniture while barking at people is fearful - not protective. And a fearful dog is an unpredictable dog, and will likely not protect you when push comes to shove.
For a dog his age, you should be working on socialization and basic obedience. Get into some structured training, if nothing else but for the exposure to other people and dogs. The main thing in training (imo) is your ability to hold your dog's attention during distractions. If you have your dog's attention - no matter what else is going on around you - you have control over your dog. Which is a must when in any social situation.
When you train with your dog and create a bond of trust, and your dog is well-socialized and not fearful, he will protect you.
Edited to add: I do encourage my dog to bark when a car pulls into the driveway or someone knocks on the door. But once me or my husband invites this stranger into our home, that is cue for the dog that everything is fine and nub-wagging can commence. Your dog should know the difference when you let someone in versus someone who came in uninvited.
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|09-04-2011, 03:19 PM||#30 (permalink)|
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Oliver only barks in the house or out back (our house overlooks a park) when he smells or hears another dog. I did have a women with 3 jack russells run the other way when we went into the park. Oliver looked, but could have cared less.
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I definitely don't want my dogs barking at people when they are out with me on leash. We go to far too many dog shows for that to go over well with me or the other people present. All of my dogs except the puppies will more out in front of me if they see something (people, other animals etc) that seems out of the ordinary--they will do this faster at night than during the day. As a result I've been out walking dogs at motels at shows pretty late at night and have encountered people that I didn't want to get chummy with--once it was a group of four teen aged boys who were coming up a dark street and got to wondering loudly, "what the lady standing over there by the street light would do if we walked up and surrounded her..." The lady didn't have to do anything the dog who had been poking around in some bushes came out to see what the voices were and gave them the old Doberman stare down and the kids quickly decided they had business in the other direction.
Some of my dogs will bark at people outside the back fence (it's 7 foot board and they can't see who it is behind it). One of the dogs will always bark at other dogs when he's in my truck or in the house but shuts up when I tell him to.
And if my dogs bark in the night I get up to see what the heck is going on and turn one of them loose in the yard--they don't usually bark at night and the dog that I generally turn loose definitely ran someone over the back fence in a big hurry on two occasions.
That stuff is fine--but I really don't want them just barking willy nilly at strangers just because they are on the same street. That's rarely protection and is generally what truly fearful dogs do.
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|09-04-2011, 06:34 PM||#32 (permalink)|
I love that our girl Supra is sensitive to how i feel towards strangers.. She picks my vibe... So if im nervous she will def let ppls know how she can protect us..and if im calm or say hello to a stranger shes fine.. Love that about dobermans.. True guardians...but still civilized.
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