We have a situation.
First of all, we have four dogs:
-Daisy (problem barker), ~ 5 years
-Ranger (overall, good dog, leash reactive), ~2.5 years
-Sarge (overall, good dog. 113 pounds, could use some extra training), ~1.5 years
-Bravo (puppy, going to be a big dog), ~8 weeks
Second of all, in our rental house, we have neighbors who have a couple of chihuahuas, and they seem to very much object to our existence. Although we are here often, they don’t seem to accept that we are supposed to be here. So when we arrive, or when I take out the trash, or when we are out playing in the yard, they go absolutely nuts. Unfortunately, them going nuts is leading my own dogs to go nuts, which is not really very ideal.
I went looking for possible solutions, and it was recommended I read
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control
I have the first book on Kindle, and I am waiting for my order to go through for the second one. I’m really looking forward to them both, because it is seriously getting old having to wrestle Sarge away from the fence whenever the neighbor dogs decide to have a conniption.
Dog training has become a new love of mine-there’s so much to it! I had no idea, and it is fascinating. I am also a little reluctant to admit that I used to be a huge fan of that guy who supposedly whispers to dogs…After much research I have come to the conclusion that those methods are not right for us, and we have decided to go a 100% positive reinforcement route.