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Old 07-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #1201
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My Rusty needs some training. He is ok if people are in our driveway or in the next yard. He just barks at them with his tail wagging, like he's saying Hi. But if they come onto our porch or into our house he barks incessantly and growls, and sometimes actually scares me. I know he's being protective, but I think he should realize when we openly welcome someone into our home, they are OK. I really need to find a way to change this behavior. We know a guy who trains police dogs for a living. Next time I see him I might ask for advice.
Carol, when I come across a dog that acts like that I stand still and let the dog smell my hand all the time talking softly to the dog. Perhaps you could ask your company to do that a couple of times until he gets to know the person.

I realize that it can be an imposition to your company, but like you said, he is protecting his territory. Teddy is very territorial. Even when someone just walks past the door outside, he runs to the door and barks a couple of times. One time a local boy that Teddy knows tried to break into Spike's home. Spike was upstairs sleeping. Teddy was downstairs. His bark was different this time and it woke Spike up. Had the boy just knocked on the door, he would have given his regular bark. But Teddy was smart enough to sense that this kid was up to no good. Spike let the kid break in and caught him red handed.

Being territorial can be a good thing. You just have to teach him when he should use it.
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Old 07-27-2015, 02:31 PM   #1202
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jabbur, Abbie is a real cutie! She's very lucky to get you for her family. Salem will just have to adjust. If she likes a certain treat (even if it's something like lunch meat), maybe it's time to bribe her by offering her that special treat downstairs only. I hope it's no time at all before they're curled up together napping.
I'm hoping it won't take too much longer. I've heard it can take a month or more. I'm just thankful that she's comfortable upstairs and not hiding under the bed.
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Old 07-27-2015, 03:02 PM   #1203
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My Rusty needs some training. He is ok if people are in our driveway or in the next yard. He just barks at them with his tail wagging, like he's saying Hi. But if they come onto our porch or into our house he barks incessantly and growls, and sometimes actually scares me. I know he's being protective, but I think he should realize when we openly welcome someone into our home, they are OK. I really need to find a way to change this behavior. We know a guy who trains police dogs for a living. Next time I see him I might ask for advice.
This needs to be stopped right away, before he bites someone. Dogs are pack animals and expect the pack to have a leader. If neither you nor your husband is fulfilling that role, the dog will act out. And he's not learning that this behavior is unacceptable.

The training I described earlier for walking without pulling applies to other commands as well: sit, stay, down, enough (barking, licking, humping, etc.), leave it (when he picks up things he shouldn't), take it (so he won't grab treats or toys until you say it's okay).

We took our first dog to a training class and it works great. The younger they are, the easier it is, though.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:12 AM   #1204
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This morning the cat and the dog were in our bedroom. Salem for the first time did not run and hide but stood her ground. She has claimed the bedroom and was not happy the dog was in her domain. Lots of hissing, arched back and some swipes without contact. The dog was excited at first but after the first swipe, she lay down all quiet. The cat stalked around her hissing. I was ready to step in if need be but they never got physical. At least the cat is not hiding from the dog anymore. Not sure how this will play out.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:20 AM   #1205
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I think that's a good thing, jabbur. It's pretty normal behavior for a dog and cat that will be living together when they're first getting to know each other. I bet Salem will be head-bumping your dog in a few weeks
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Old 08-03-2015, 02:21 PM   #1206
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Arwin (4 months) and our new little, black boy Strider (10-1/2 weeks). Nap time.

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Old 08-03-2015, 02:51 PM   #1207
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Arwin (4 months) and our new little, black boy Strider (10-1/2 weeks). Nap time.


They are so cute! Looks like they enjoy each other's company.
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:31 PM   #1208
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Awww! They look so sweet! Glad they are getting on so well!

There has been progress in the Salem/Abby relationship. Salem has made it to the downstairs landing on her own. She still hasn't made all the way down but just that she was curious enough to come down and stick her head through the railing and sit on the bottom landing for a while was great progress. She still hisses at Abby but they are not as frequent or as strong as last week. I'm becoming more hopeful that they will be able to co-exist in the same household.
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:43 PM   #1209
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Dx's dog often comes over. My oldest cat looks forward to the visits like they were play dates, and yes, after they settle down, they nap together. My youngest, which I got as a kitten, one would think should be fully acclimatized won't have anything to do with the dog and in fact is no where to be found until after the dog goes home again.
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Medtran, they're so cute! I don't think I'll see our Arwen and Stryder cuddling up like that, but they are buds
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