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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Split Personality?

Itsy Bitsy has been with me a year. She originally came from a backyard breeder. I can truthfully say she is a changed dog. She just turned 3.

She now will approach a person, lick them, let them pet her but then if the person starts to leave, go in another room, come out of a room she goes into attack, barking, protecting mode as if she's never seen them before in her life.

She makes no move to bite them, it's more of a protecting, threatening stance.

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Dana, Simba is the same way. He will lick you, love you and then bark like he is going to tear your head off. I am socializing him more and so far it is helping. We didn't go too many places this past winter. Bailey is an angel until Simba does it then he has to chime in and the fear they provoke is peoples faces is unreal. I have to tell people "they don't bite" and they look at me with the expression "ya lady I can see that"
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Dana,

Tess was a puppy mill breeder and does the same thing. She doesn't necessarily let many people pet her but she lets them approach and will lay quietly while I talk to somebody but the second they turn to walk away she starts barking (which of course then gets Cody going). It doesn't seem to matter if it's a stranger or someone she is very familiar with and likes!

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Thanks Colleen and Jill. Interesting that another mill baby has the same behaviour. I will sure start socializing her more. She can go to work with me.

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Dana, I've seen many others here write about how a family member, or anyone else for that matter, will walk into a room or get up from a chair/couch and their Hav will start growling/barking as if they'd never seen them before! I know that if my kids have friends over, Ricky and Sammy do their barking and then greeting excitedly at the door bit, but a minute or 5 mins. later, they'll hear that person talk or move around in another area of the house, and they go all Doberman dog guard on us! Brats.

Is it fear that makes them bark like that? That doesn't explain why they do it with someone they live with or know well, though. ??




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Dana, taking her to work sounds like a great idea. Keep us informed!
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Marj, the goofy thing is that the barking doesn't start until the person LEAVES the room. Although that would be like Tess to be frightened but wait until the person has turned to walk away before expressing herself.

And Dana, socializing Itsy Bitsy is always a good thing but I have to tell you, the more socialization Tess gets, the more vocal she's becoming!

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Marj, you said it exactly, Itsy goes into the Doberman stance and barks. She acts as if she's never seen the person who was just petting her. She doesn't do it with my sister or me.
I think she is going to have a few trips to Lowes in the basket. Work might not be too good cause she's loud and will disturb people so that wasn't such a great idea.
But on the other hand the new Pet Agree I just ordered may help with that.

Thanks for all the help.

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Isabelle does something similar and she even did this at therapy dog- she was at an occupational therapy visit and they put her up on the exercise area and then put her down and she went "bahrooo" and told them she wasn't done. When someone puts her down or stops petting her she often times barks. The problem is 90% of people think it is cute and reach down and pet her again so it is rewarding for her to do this. It has happened so many times, I gave up on really correcting it (telling the person they can't pet her again!). I usually just try to distract her to prevent it- gotta pick my battles with this dog.

I am not sure if they could be doing something similar but aren't socialized to do it in a friendly way so use a bit more aggression?

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