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Kobe is 10 months old. He goes to work with me part time and is really good about not leaving my office unless with me etc. The problem is, he has this thing about women. He barks and kind of runs up to them and then backs off. This goes on for a couple of minutes then he just walks up and they pet him. Problem is he can't be barking at work and. . . I am about to take him to CGC classes and was hoping to get him therapy certified. Now how can I take him in nursing homes and hospitals if he barks at women?? I am by far his favorite at our house so I don't understand why he is like this. What can I do to cure this???
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What do these women do when he barks. Sounds like it's being reinforced somehow?

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It sounds like the alarm dog greeting. Gucci does this, but it is because my husband encourages it. She also barks at work when it isn't acceptable to, but she does it at home and it has been a challenge to get her to stop, she seems to bark until they 'pet' her or touch her, acknowledge her in some way...like pay attention to me and I will bark until you do, type thing.

I'll tell her no and hold her back with me when someone comes in and she will just grumble under her breath and then go bark as soon as I let go..

Wish I could offer a solution, she's more likely to bark at those she doesn't know, she just glances at those who she is used to seeing, if it is the same faces in and out of the office, I'd try the treat/ reward for behavior thing if yours is food motivated, mine isn't..

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Are you male or female? If a female . . .maybe he's just a ladies man? . If you're male . . .is he showing any sort of aggression toward these women or is he just being friendly?

Isabella tends to shy away from men, for some reason . . .she so rarely barks, but if she does, it's typically because a delivery man is dropping off a package, etc. But a female can come to the door and I don't hear a peep out of her.




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Are you male or female? If a female . . .maybe he's just a ladies man? . If you're male . . .is he showing any sort of aggression toward these women or is he just being friendly?

Isabella tends to shy away from men, for some reason . . .she so rarely barks, but if she does, it's typically because a delivery man is dropping off a package, etc. But a female can come to the door and I don't hear a peep out of her.
Yeah Robin, men are definitely more scary generally. Just our nature LOL

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I'm watching this thread since Timmy is a barker too.

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When does he bark, are these woman coming in your (his) office or just walking down the hall. Let us know more of the situation. Atticus barks when people come to the door at my house but doesn't bark at places he doesn't think are his ie nursing homes.

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When does he bark, are these woman coming in your (his) office or just walking down the hall. Let us know more of the situation. Atticus barks when people come to the door at my house but doesn't bark at places he doesn't think are his ie nursing homes.
Right on Jody, we need more info. A video would be great lol

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A video would certainly help, but I think it might be difficult to get one in the office when the dog is supposed to be quiet!

I'd try keeping records, in a kind of journal. Are you sure it's just women? Watch the woman your dog is barking at. What is she doing with her eyes? Is she maintaining eye contact with your dog? If so - well, that's a bit threatening in dog language.

One thing I'd do is look up and study the works of Turid Rugaas, especially, the canine calming signals. Here's a list of some of her works:

http://www.coherentdog.org/vek/stressdown.php

As someone else said, though, I think it's more commonly men dogs fear, rather than women. Probably has something to do with the deeper voice.

Aha; I wonder if there's something a bit shrill in women's voices! Some frequency that sets your dog off?

Which means, altogether, I have no idea why Kobe barks at women! BUT - that backing off is very typical of a dog who is feeling quite uncertain about the human!

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good stuff Carol. I',m glad I'm not the only one that wants more info. Dog trainers are notorious for detail and the more the better. Quite often , it's not what it appears. LOL On our IAABC forum a new trainer will come on with a case study, and not give enough details and then get bombarded from the members. LOL

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