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Date Posted: 15:40:59 07/05/04 Mon
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: 6 mo. puppy barks 5-6 times at people & cars
In reply to: Kat 's message, "Re: 6 mo. puppy barks 5-6 times at people & cars" on 17:59:29 07/04/04 Sun

Schanuzers are known barkers. The behavior you're talking about is a part of the breed. I've had several schnauzers in class, and many barked excessively at people and other dogs. I found that some of the Schnauzers' barking was a mild form of aggression. That may be what your trainer meant when saying it was his was of dealing with things. However, again without seeing the dog myself, I can't judge what type of barking you are dealing with.

If the behavior really bothers you, I'd go back to the trainer you were working with and get some additional ideas. Good trainers will always give the least adversive suggestions on how to deal with an issue first. But, it's not the only way to handle the situation. Your trainer will have other options for you to try - often many other options.

Schnauzers are also very stubborn dogs, and they often rule their people rather than the other way around. That's why continuing to train with your trainer over a longer period of time would be advised in this case.

Good luck! Keep working and continuing to enjoy your loving little dog.


>He's a 6 mo. miniature schnauzer. I also have a 5
>week younger mini due to other circumstances who is
>doing fine! The deaf one has gone through one
>obedience session of 6 lessons with a trainer with 30
>years experience. He calmed down as the class went on
>and she said it was just his way of dealing with
>things and to praise him when quiet, use "good"
>treats, practice with people, and try to extinguish
>through repetition. Same things you said! He's very
>friendly with people once he is next to them...It's
>from a distance when he starts barking. He will
>sometimes try to pull me to the cars, other times just
>bark. Again it's mainly barking at cars from a
>distance. Up close he'll sometime not even notice
>them. He starts barking when cars come around the
>curve and are 1/4 mile away from our highway walking
>I think I'll work on the stranger part and have
>someone drive a car around the block and see what
>happens. He's a very loving, good dog otherwise. I
>appreciate your advice!

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