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Barking at random new things...

My boy did not bark until about 5 months. Now if I set something by the front door or hang a shirt (drycleaning) on the front door handle, he barks and barks at it.

Do I take him and show him its nothing or how do I handle this? What about barking at outside noises or people walking by?
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that's how I'd do it. I don't force Lucy to come to the scary thing, but I sit by it and call her to me. She trusts me so she comes and we touch and smell it together. I also wonder if they have bad eye sight. If you have taught him 'touch' games, these Ste helpful.
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if my roasting pan or a new appliance shows up on the kitchen counter top Henry will alert bark and try to make it go away by barking
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Yes, I am wondering if its an eyesight thing too. I hope not!
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I think it's an age/development thing. It seems like overnight they all of a sudden become much more aware of things around them. I know Brody went from being oblivious to much that was going on around him when I took him outside, to noticing and reacting to everything.

Where he had previously not even noticed birds, he was all of a sudden very aware of every little movement. He became much more conscious about things that were out of place and was wont to bark at a shoe left out, a shadow, a new noise, etc. My neighbours (I live in an apartment building) would leave out their muddy boots in the hallway by their door and Brody would bark and growl at the boots.

I used to just tell him it was ok and take him over to sniff at it, or I'd put whatever he was reacting to away. Quite often I'd just laugh because it could be really funny too. I'm sure he thought/thinks he's protecting me from monsters.

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yep , your guy is in the beginning of adolescence. http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...-weeks-2-years Enjoy and get training. LOL

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At about 3.5 years Cuba started barking at reflections on the ceiling. I'm not sure if it is bad eyesight or what. It started when I was filling my Keurig one day. He must have seen the blue reflection the water was making and went crazy. Now, he will bark at any type of reflection on the ceiling - sunlight, mirrors, etc. I just hope Izzy doesn't start too.
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At about 3.5 years Cuba started barking at reflections on the ceiling. I'm not sure if it is bad eyesight or what. It started when I was filling my Keurig one day. He must have seen the blue reflection the water was making and went crazy. Now, he will bark at any type of reflection on the ceiling - sunlight, mirrors, etc. I just hope Izzy doesn't start too.
Barking at reflections on walls is a pretty common dog obsession... not just Havanese. I'm not sure why it develops, but it doesn't seem to have anything to do with poor eyesight.


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Jack does it all the time. If something is out of place and it was not there before, he will check it ....like the little kitchen vacuum in the wrong place, Jack will bark at it until it is removed and put back in it's place. Creatures of habit! They are so funny.



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Ted barks at flags. Both myself and my neighbour have large flag poles with our Canadian flags waving in the wind. He doesn't do it all the time but more when he just happens to have it in his site line. Ted was barking at cars and the neighbour but, averting his attention to me, while giving him little treats seems to have worked. He stopped at the cars and very rarely barks at the neighbour anymore

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